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2021 Call for Abstracts

2021 ACS AEI Call for Abstracts Is Now CLosed 

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes has offered opportunities for presentation of original paper, poster, and innovative techniques presentations at the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit, March 11–13, 2021, in Chicago, IL. The abstract submission deadline was 9:00 am (CST) Wednesday, September 14. If you have any questions about your submission(s), please contact Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or

Annual Surgical Simulation Summit

The Program Review Committee will review submitted abstracts and make decisions regarding their selections for original paper, poster, or innovative techniques presentations. All consortium abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented. Submitters are required to confirm the originality of their research in order to complete an abstract submission. It is also expected that all work submitted and accepted will be presented at the Annual Surgical Simulation Summit.

Please note: ALL authors on your abstract submission must fill out a disclosure form by the September 16, 9:00 am CDT deadline in order for the abstract submission to be complete.

All abstracts selected for Original Paper presentations will require those authors to submit their manuscripts (due by Friday, February 26, 2021) before the Annual Surgical Simulation Summit. This guideline will allow for the moderator of the papers session and the discussant of an original paper presentation to become familiar with the research being presented before the meeting. Presenting authors will be notified of the Program Review Committee’s decision by Friday, December 11.

Original Papers

Original Paper abstracts should present results of original research in: (1) simulation-based surgical education or (2) implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods.

Topics may include:

  • Curriculum development
  • Teaching methods
  • Learner evaluations
  • Program evaluations
  • Patient safety
  • Surgical outcomes, etc.

Both quantitative and qualitative research will be considered. Evaluation criteria:

  • Quality and originality
  • Potential significance to educational theory or application to health services management, policy, or clinical practice
  • Timeliness
  • Clarity of writing and presentation
  • Completed or nearly completed research
  • Relevance

For Original Papers, abstracts that do not describe research methods and present study results will not be considered for presentation. Statements such as "data will be presented" or "results will be shown" should not be included in submitted abstracts. Abstracts should include only generic names, which should be written in lowercase letters.

Innovative Techniques

This category targets descriptions of innovative simulators, curricula, and technology for teaching and assessment. Works in progress, research ideas for collaboration, or those abstracts without significant outcomes data will be considered. Work-in-Progress presentations may include pilot studies and preliminary work in simulation-based surgical education. Those abstracts selected for oral presentation from this category are not required to submit a full-length manuscript for Surgery.

Submission to Surgery

Authors whose abstracts are accepted for Original Paper presentations are required to submit a full length manuscript (due February 26, 2021) for consideration by Surgery. If your manuscript is selected by the Conference Recorder James R. Korndorffer, Jr., MD, MHPE, FACS and Managing Editor Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, you will be invited to submit it for possible inclusion as part of the collection of selected manuscripts from the 2021 Annual Summit, which will be sent to the Editors-in-Chief of Surgery for consideration for possible publication.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions on the ACS AEI abstract submission process, please contact Amy Johnson, or 312-202-5415.