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

Development and Authors

Over the past several years, the ACS Division of Education has methodically defined a validated domain of cases and recruited expert faculty to develop the assessment. Four pilot studies were conducted in a step-wise sequence with improvements made after each pilot. The first pilot was a small study that focused on the test takers’ understanding of the clinical cases. The second pilot study asked users to provide feedback on the assessment’s online presentation and functionality. The technical feasibility study tested the technical operations and capacity of the online server. Most importantly, the psychometric pilot study was conducted during the summer of 2017 across 18 surgical residency programs nationwide: the results demonstrated validity and psychometric rigor. (doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003241).

Since its launch in 2018, more than 1350 residents across 98 general surgery residency programs have participated nationwide. Development is ongoing to protect the integrity and quality of the assessment.

Leadership Team

Kathy R. Liscum, MD, FACS, Co-Chair

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Co-Chair

Adnan A. Alseidi, MD, EdM, FACS

Edgardo Salcedo, MD, FACS

Yoon Soo Park, PhD

Maura E. Sullivan, MSN, PhD

Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH

Melissa M. Gesbeck, PhD

ACS-ERRA Authors

Georges Bordage, MD, MSc, PhD

Rebecca C. Britt, MD, FACS

Melissa E. Brunsvold, MD, FACS

Benjamin W. Dart IV, MD, FACS

Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS

Robert M. Goldstein, MD, FACS

Enjae Jung, MD, FACS

Alan P. Ladd, MD, FACS

Jennifer LaFemina, MD, FACS

Eric Lazar, MD, FACS

John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS

Sarkis H. Meterissian, MD, FACS

Rebecca M. Minter, MD, FACS

John T. Mullen, MD, FACS

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS

Barbara J. Pettitt, MD, FACS, FAAP

Douglas S. Smink, MD, FACS

Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS

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