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