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ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum

Access the ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and includes three phases. Phase 1 includes 20 modules that address basic surgical skills. Phase 2 includes 15 modules that address advanced skills and procedures, and Phase 3 includes 10 modules that address team-based skills. 

Phase 1: Basic/Core Skills and Tasks

  • Advanced Laparoscopy Skills
  • Advanced Tissue Handling: Flaps, Skin Grafts
  • Airway Management
  • Asepsis and Instrument Identification
  • Basic Laparoscopy Skills
  • Bone Fixation and Casting
  • Central Line Insertion and Arterial Lines
  • Chest Tube and Thoracentesis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Hand Sewn Gastrointestinal Anastomosis
  • Inguinal Anatomy
  • Knot Tying
  • Laparotomy Opening and Closure
  • Stapled Gastrointestinal Anastomosis
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Suturing
  • Tissue Handling, Dissection, and Wound Closure
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Urethral and Suprapubic Catheterization
  • Vascular Anastomosis

Phase 2: Advanced Procedures

  • Gastric Resection and Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Right Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoid Resection
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Ventral/Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic/Open Bile Duct Exploration
  • Laparoscopic/Open Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic/Open Splenectomy
  • Open Inguinal/Femoral Hernia Repair
  • Open Right Colon Resection
  • Parathyroidectomy/Thyroidectomy
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy and Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Phase 3: Team-Based Skills

  • Laparoscopic Crisis
  • Laparoscopic Troubleshooting
  • Latex Allergy Anaphylaxis
  • Patient Handoff
  • Postoperative Hypotension
  • Postoperative MI (Cardiogenic Shock)
  • Postoperative Pulmonary Embolus
  • Preoperative Briefing
  • Retained Sponge on Postoperative Chest X-ray
  • Trauma Team Training

Register and enter the ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum.

Quick Start Guide, Phase 1, 2 and 3

Contact Us

For any assistance, comments, or questions contact:

Krashina Hudson
Administrator, Resident and Medical Student Curricula
Division of Education, American College of Surgeons
khudson@facs.org
312-202-5335

National Simulation Curriculum Committee

Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery

Co-Chairs

Gary L. Dunnington, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery
Southern Illinois University
Springfield, IL

Helen MacRae, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

Debra A. DaRosa, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Medical Education
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Members

Joseph Cofer, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Tennessee
Chattanooga, TN

Gerald Fried, MD
Professor of Surgery and Gastroenterology
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada

Karen Horvath, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Mary Klingensmith, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Ajit Sachdeva, MD
Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Lisa Satterthwaite, RPN
Manager, Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

Neal Seymour, MD
Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
Baystate Medical Center
Tufts University School of Medicine
Springfield, MA

Daniel C. Smith, MD
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

James Valentine, MD
Professor of Surgery
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Richard Welling, MD
Volunteer Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH