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 clinical decision-making skills of entering surgical residents. The assessment focuses on cases frequently encountered at the beginning of resident training. The ACS Entering Resident Readiness Assessment (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, develop learning plans for areas that may need reinforcement or remediation, and support decisions regarding transition from direct to indirect supervision.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, at mgesbeck@facs.org or 312-202-5954, or Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, at pblair@facs.org in the ACS Division of Education.