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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
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ACS Accredited Education Institutes

Setting the Standard of Excellence and Innovation

AEIs train surgeons and members of the surgical team using the best simulation-based education

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Setting the Standard of Excellence and Innovation

Enhancing Patient Safety and the Quality of Surgical Care through Simulation

Launched by the ACS Division of Education in 2005, the ACS-AEI Program continues to set standards for simulation-based surgical education and training.

Our goal is to promote patient safety by using simulation, to support the lifelong learning of surgeons, surgical trainees, and other healthcare professionals, to enhance access to contemporary surgical education, and to advance scholarship in simulation-based surgical education.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Interact with other multidisciplinary professionals worldwide on the AEI Community to seek support for the delivery of your education and training programs
  • Share best practices in the areas of curriculum design, assessment, faculty development, research, and technology with centers at the forefront of simulation-based surgical education and training
  • Jointly advance scholarship and educational goals through multi-institutional research studies and collaborative projects

Value of Joining the Consortium

ACS-AEI accreditation is a demonstration of quality and a commitment to patient safety that provides real value.

  • Pursue innovative surgical education and training of surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, members of the surgical team, and other healthcare professionals
  • Be recognized as a world-class ACS-AEI where learners utilizing your facility will receive high-quality simulation-based surgical education and training
  • Enhance your program based on national standards and accreditation requirements
  • Benchmark and demonstrate your value using our annual report that highlights data important to simulation programs
  • Access cutting edge and contemporary simulation-based surgical education through the annual Surgical Simulation Summit, products, toolkits, webinars, podcasts, articles, and presentations
  • Attract and train the next generation of surgical simulation leaders through fellowship program accreditation, available exclusively to AEIs

Accredit Your Simulation Center

There are two categories of accreditation that may be sought: Comprehensive and Focused. The requirements for space, facilities, and personnel are higher for Comprehensive AEIs compared to Focused AEIs; however, both Comprehensive and Focused Education Institutes must meet rigorous standards for accreditation and undergo a robust multi-level review process.

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Accredit Your Simulation Fellowship Program

The ACS-AEI Fellowship Program was established to improve the quality of surgical care by developing future leaders and scholars in the area of surgical education, simulation, and training. Only AEIs are eligible to apply for fellowship accreditation.

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Leadership of the ACS AEI Program

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE
Director, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

The leadership of the ACS-AEI Program ensures that accreditation is awarded through a rigorous process implemented by the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). The other activities of the Consortium are led and supported by ten standing committees, all of which provide practical educational products in specific content areas to assist members in their pursuit of excellence.

Council of Committee Chairs

Accreditation Review Committee
Robert V. Rege, MD, FACS
Chair
Administration and Management Committee
Jeffrey D. Howells, MS, MBA
Co-Chair
Administration and Management Committee
Melinda Klar, RN
Co-Chair
Curriculum Committee
Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS
Co-Chair
Curriculum Committee
James N. Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS
Co-Chair
Curriculum Committee
Edgardo S. Salcedo, MD, FACS
Vice-Chair
Dissemination Committee of Educational Resources
Mark Aeder, MD, FACS
Co-Chair
Faculty Development Committee
Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPED, PhD, MHPE
Co-Chair
Faculty Development Committee
Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS
Co-Chair
Fellowship Committee
Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS
Chair
International Committee
Lars Enochsson, MD, PhD
Chair
International Committee
Andrea Moglia, PhD
Vice-Chair
Program Committee
Alexander Perez, MD, FACS
Chair
Research and Development Committee
Mark Aeder, MD, FACS
Co-Chair
Research and Development Committee
Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA
Co-Chair
Research and Development Committee
Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD
Vice-Chair
Technologies and Simulation Committee
David M. Hananel, BS, BA
Co-Chair
Technologies and Simulation Committee
Gyusung I. Lee, PhD
Co-Chair
Technologies and Simulation Committee
Jonathan T. Wingate, MD
Vice-Chair

Consultants

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), MAMSE
 
Richard M. Satava, MD, FACS
 

Core Staff

Kathleen A. Johnson, EdM
Assistant Director
Catherine Sormalis
Senior Manager
Amy Johnson, MS
Program Administrator

Additional Staff Support

Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH
Associate Director
Linda K. Lupi, MBA
Assistant Director

Questions?

If you have questions about the Accreditation Education Institutes Program, please contact us.