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ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have developed a new resource for medical school faculty entitled the ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum. This joint program, developed under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education, provides materials that use simulation and simulators to help medical students

  • Have structured, uniform, and consistent learning experiences
  • Acquire the essential surgical skills needed by all physicians
  • Build a solid foundation for further training

The simulation-based modules can be used to teach clinical skills ranging from taking a history and physical and signing out a patient to inserting a central venous line with ultrasound guidance. The topics are aligned based on the year during which they are most commonly taught.

Module Features

The modules are self-contained and can be used either as freestanding learning activities or in a stepwise fashion as part of the entire curriculum. Modules can be implemented in a proctored small or large group setting, or individually. Features of the modules include the following:

  • Objectives, assumptions, and suggested readings
  • Step-by-step description of the techniques, tasks, and procedure with photographs
  • Discussion of common errors
  • Expert performance videos
  • Assessment tool for scoring student performance and providing feedback
  • Description of the simulation laboratory model, including suggested stations, supplies, and set up

Informational Webinar

Learn more about this curriculum, its' design, and proposed use by viewing a previously recorded webinar.

Related Reading

The ACS Division of Education produces a diverse assortment of articles and publications that have educational value for all medical students who may be interested in a career in surgery. We encourage you to review the relevant articles below.

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum Brochure

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum: Online | PDF

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For assistance, comments, or questions, contact Krashina Hudson, Administrator, Resident and Medical Student Curricula, or 312-202-5335.