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

Gaining insights into the decision-making skills of
entering surgical residents

What Is the ACS ERRA?

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education has developed an innovative online, case-based instrument to measure the preparedness of entering surgical residents.

The assessment focuses clinical decision-making for cases frequently encountered at the beginning of resident training. The ACS ERRA provides surgery program directors and residents with psychometrically rigorous measures of key skills needed to safely assume their new clinical responsibilities.

Short case scenarios are used to address essential clinical topics through special "key features" questions that specifically assess clinical decision-making skills instead of simple recall of factual knowledge. Results of the assessment can be used to identify strengths and to develop learning plans in areas that may need reinforcement for individual residents or the entering group as a whole.

Contact Us

For more information, e-mail or call 312-202-5154.

You may also reach program leadership by contacting Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, at, or Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, at in the ACS Division of Education.