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

27th Annual Surgeons as Educators Course

September 11–17, 2021
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, GA

Course Description

This six-day intensive course, offered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, is designed to provide surgeons with the knowledge and skills to enhance their abilities as teachers and administrators of surgical education programs.

The course emphasizes the needs of adult learners and the techniques necessary to develop an effective learning environment for medical students, surgical residents, and colleagues. The class size is limited, and participants are carefully selected to foster highly interactive sessions.

Intended Participants

The course is intended for full-time faculty members who are interested in acquiring or honing skills in curriculum development, teaching, performance and program evaluation, and program administration as well as faculty who have direct teaching responsibilities for medical students or residents.

Participants are expected to free themselves from all work obligations during the course. The intensive nature of the program requires that evenings be kept free for preparation and other course activities; full participation by all attendees throughout the program is expected.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

Teaching Skills

Select optimal teaching methods and technologies and enhance the application of these methods to maximize learning.

Curriculum Development

Plan and document an instructional unit (for example, a clerkship or residency rotation) using an organized instructional design framework.

Educational Administration and Leadership

Apply leadership and management skills in the administration of educational programs, including motivating faculty, implementing change, managing conflict, and guiding career development.

Performance and Program Evaluation

Develop a sound system for assessing the performance of learners and teachers and the efficacy of curricula at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels.

Course Setting

The course will be held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA, 15 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

This premier hotel and conference center is set on the campus of Emory University and is surrounded by 26 acres of forest preserve. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access and parking, an indoor swimming pool, and hiking and biking trails. For additional information, please contact the conference center by phone at 800-933-6679 or visit their website.

Course Fee

The course fee is comprehensive and includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • All course materials, including course syllabus and supplementary materials
  • Six nights of deluxe lodging at Emory Conference Center Hotel
  • Daily meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Welcome reception on Sunday afternoon
  • Evening group activity

2021 Course

The application window will open in January 2021. The application will be available in the digital brochure.

For more information, please contact Julie Sodeman at or 312-202-5140.