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ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course

ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course

Course Description

As senior surgeons wind down busy careers and look forward to retirement, many want to remain engaged and share their expertise with the next generation of surgeons. At the same time, simulation centers find it challenging to secure expert faculty who are able and willing to teach using simulation. This course will train senior and retired surgeons how to use simulation to teach medical students, residents, and younger surgeons. The course will train the trainers using a combination of exciting didactic and hands-on sessions.

Intended Participants

Limited to 24 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 simulations, 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

Course Location

Evening functions and breakfasts are at the Siena Hotel at 1505 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. During the day, the course will be held at the Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Department of Surgery in 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 or 312-202-5018, or Teshera Hull, Manager, Preceptorship, Coaching & Retooling, at or 312-202-5192.


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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2019 Course

To be notified when the 2019 course dates are finalized, please contact Ashley Nichols at or 312-202-5018