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ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have collaborated to develop an online resource for medical students, medical school faculty, and clinical faculty. The ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum addresses the competency-based surgical cognitive skills needed by all medical students, not just those pursuing surgery, prior to graduation.

These essential surgery topics were identified through an extensive needs assessment and reflect the input of surgical and nonsurgical faculty, deans, and medical students across the country. The Curriculum—developed in accordance with this consensus—provides the foundation of core surgical knowledge needed by all medical students irrespective of their future specialties. The Curriculum may also be used to develop standardized assessments of essential knowledge of medical students completing their core surgical clerkships.

The project is being led by Marc A. de Moya, MD, FACS, and Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS, under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education, and is incorporating the contributions of surgeon educators throughout the country.

Modules

Additional content is in development and will be available soon.

Abdominal Pain

Contributors

  • L. Kasey Welsh, MD (Section Editor)
  • Andrew Kastenmeier, MD, FACS (Content Author for Gastroesophageal Reflux and Gastritis/Duodenitis)
  • Rana Higgins, MD, FACS (Content Author for Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
  • Jacob A. Quick, MD, FACS (Content Author for Enterocolitis and Genito-urinary Etiologies of abdominal)
  • Loretto A. Glynn, MD, FACS (Content Author for Meckel's Diverticulitis)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Abdominal Wall and Groin Masses

Contributors

  • Loretto Glynn, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Jesse Moore, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Mary C. Santos, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Acid-Base Balance

Contributors

  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Jarone Lee, MD, MPH (Content Author)
  • Daniel Dante Yeh, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Breast Problems

Contributors

  • Linda M. Barney, MD, FACS, (Section Editor, Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Melissa P. Roelle, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives, and Content Author)
  • Laura Lazarus, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Rebecca K. Viscusi, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Fluids and Electrolytes

Contributors

  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor) 
  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author) 
  • Dana A. Stearns, MD, FACEP (Content Author)
  • Danté Yeh, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage

Contributors

  • Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Chris Brandt, MD, FACS and Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Authors)
  • Morgan Cox, MD, Victoria Bendersky, MD and Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Content Authors)
  • Romeo Ignacio, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Intra-Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Masses

Contributors

  • Loretto Glynn, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • John R. Martin, MD (Content Author)
  • Panagiotis Kapsampelis, MD (Content Author)
  • Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Brenessa Lindeman, MD (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Jaundice

Contributors

  • Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Kadiyala Ravindra, MBBS, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Kadiyala Ravindra, MBBS, FACS and Morgan Cox, MD (Content Authors)
  • Romeo Ignacio, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Non-Healing Wounds

Contributors

  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Paul Montero, MD, FACS, Ho H. Phan, MD, FACS and Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Authors)
  • Ho H. Phan, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Michael J. Cahalane, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Perianal Problems

Contributors

  • Loretto Glynn, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Gerald A. Isenberg, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Linda M. Farkas, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Carrie Y. Peterson, MD, FACS (Contributing Author)
  • Mary C. Santos, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Perioperative Care

Contributors

  • Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Roger Tatum, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Bruce M. Brenner, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Emil R. Petrusa, PhD (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Postoperative Care

Contributors

  • Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Rahul Anand, MD, FACS, and Niluka Wickramaratne, MD (Content Authors)
  • Emil Petrusa, PhD (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Shock

Contributors

  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Noelle Saillant, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives, and Content Author)
  • Nicole A. Stassen, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Skin and Soft Tissue Lesions

Contributors

  • Linda M. Barney, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Rebecca M. Tuttle, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant

Goals and Objectives

Content

Trauma I: Initial Trauma Evaluation

Contributors

  • Marc de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Ara Feinstein, MD, FACS and Natasha Keric, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Authors)
  • Ara Feinstein, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Mark Hamill, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Trauma II: Diagnosis and Management

Contributors

  • Marc A. de Moya, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Ara J. Feinstein, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Natasha Keric, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives, and Content Author)
  • Charity H. Evans, MD, MHCM, FACS (Content Author)
  • Mark E. Hamill, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content

Non-Core Modules

Communication of Bad News

Contributors

  • Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Margaret J. Tarpley, MLS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Margaret J. Tarpley, MLS (Content Author)
  • TBD (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

End-of-Life Issues

Contributors

  • Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Margaret J. Tarpley, MLS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Margaret J. Tarpley, MLS (Content Author)
  • Romeo C. Ignacio, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Informed Consent

Contributors

  • Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Lauren Aalami, MD (Content Author)
  • Tiffany Anderson, MD (Content Author)
  • James R. Korndorffer, Jr., MD, MHPE, FACS (Content Author)
  • Romeo C. Ignacio, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Non-Cardiac Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath

Contributors

  • Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS (Section Editor)
  • Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS (Goals and Objectives Author)
  • Rishindra M. Reddy, MD, FACS (Content Author)
  • Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD, FACS (Assessment Consultant)

Goals and Objectives

Content