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Medical Student Educational Modules

The ACS Committee on Medical Student Education’s medical student-led Student Resource Task Force has developed modules, with a specific focus on surgery, to address some of the questions that typically arise during medical school. The content is downloadable and available at no cost. The modules may be used as a self-directed instructional exercise or as part of a group discussion at a Surgery Interest Group meeting.

Module 1: A Medical Student’s 4-Year Timeline to Surgical Residency Application

Module 2: How to Shadow a Surgeon as a Medical Student

Module 3: Anatomy of the Operating Room

Module 4: Commonly Used Surgical Instruments (coming soon)

If you have any feedback regarding these modules, or you would like to see modules covering specific topics, let us know by contacting Ms. Katie McKenzie, ACS Administrator for Educational Programs, at