American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Division of Education

Blended Surgical Education and Training for Life

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education is at the forefront of national and international innovative education and training to promote excellence and expertise in surgery. Our definitive, one-of-a-kind programs, products, and resources support you at all career levels and continue to receive widespread acclaim in a variety of forums.

Our overarching goal is to promote surgical care of the highest quality and patient safety through:

  • Definitive educational programs, products, and resources
  • Innovative simulation-based education, training, and assessment programs
  • Robust verification, validation, and accreditation programs
  • Promotion of expertise and mastery in surgery
  • Interventions to address transitions in professional careers
  • Support for Maintenance of Certification
  • Enhancement of individual, team, and system performance
  • Definition of national strategies to advance surgical education and training
  • Pursuit of exceptional scholarship

Education Opportunity

The ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching course is for surgeons who are retired or nearing retirement and have a passion for educating the next generation of surgeons. Expert faculty will train the trainers how to teach using simulation and help prepare them to become valued resources for simulation centers. Apply by October 2.

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Call for Abstracts

The ACS Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes is offering opportunities for presentation of original paper, poster, and innovative techniques presentations at the 2020 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit. Submit abstracts by Monday, October 7.

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Available Positions

Approved sites in the Mastery in General Surgery Program have Junior Associate positions available for the 2020–2021 academic year. Interested residents and recent residency graduates are encouraged to review the program profiles of available positions.

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New RISE Article

In the most recent RISE article, the authors highlight resources for those who work with students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate surgical education.

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With SESAP 16, you will acquire and apply new knowledge, as well as reaffirm existing knowledge. SESAP uses a robust process of self-assessment in a supportive environment to help you evaluate and maintain your clinical competence and expand your knowledge base.

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Surgical Excellence

Surgical Excellence

Our ACS Education and Training campaign is being launched this year at Clinical Congress. We know what education means to surgeons and our education and training programs are the cornerstone of excellence; transform possibilities into realities; and instill the joy of lifelong learning.

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