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ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course

November 30–December 2, 2017
Chapel Hill, NC

Course Description

As senior surgeons wind down busy careers and look toward retirement, many want to remain engaged and share their expertise with the next generation of surgeons. This course will train senior and retired surgeons how to teach medical students, residents, and younger surgeons through the use of simulation. The course will train the trainers through exciting didactic and hands-on sessions.

Intended Participants

Limited to 16 participants, this course is specifically designed for retired and near-retired surgeons from across the surgical specialties who have a passion for educating the next generation of surgeons. No previous experience with simulation is necessary. Participants will learn to use simulation to teach and refine essential surgical skills and may become resources for their local simulation centers.

Areas of Focus

This intimate course will feature a combination of interactive didactic sessions, hands-on sessions with simulation, and training sessions with students and residents. Training will focus on fundamental skills applicable to all surgical specialties. Topics include:

  • Benefits of simulation training
  • Hands-on simulation experience—learn how to use simulation for teaching and assessment
  • Training to excellence
  • Hands-on simulation sessions—teaching medical students and residents through simulation
  • Guest speakers include Col. Ron Maness, USAF, Retired, former member of the United States Air Force Air Demonstration team (the Thunderbirds).

Course Location

Evening functions and breakfasts are The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. During the day, the course will be held at the University of North Carolina Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Learning and Research (CLeAR) Center on the 10th floor of the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building at 160 N Medical Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Transportation between the two sites will be provided.


Please contact Ashley Nichols, Administrator, Structured Assessment of Surgical Skills, at 312-202-5018 or


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

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