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ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course

ACS Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course

2020 Course To Be Rescheduled

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will reschedule the Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, due to COVID-19. Please complete the form to be notified when the 2021 course dates are finalized.

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Intended Participants

Limited to 24 participants, this course is specifically designed for retired and near-retired surgeons from across 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


Please email your questions to or call Ashley Nichols, Administrator, Structured Assessment of Surgical Skills at 312-202-5018, or Teshera Hull, Manager, Preceptorship, Coaching & Retooling at 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.

What Surgeons Are Saying about the Course

“Excellent experience! Very much appreciate the skills gained and the chance to contribute to surgical education, as well as the chance to meet course participants.”

“Stimulating and challenging experience.”

“Wonderful course. Very well organized. Great course education about the range of using different types of simulators. It was wonderful getting to have students to teach in the simulation lab.”

“Very rewarding course!”

“This was quite clearly one of the best meetings I have attended. Dedicated to medical students, resident and staff education through simulation.”

"Comradery was very valuable; informality was welcomed, good mix of didactics and social.”