The Curriculum Committee facilitates and governs the development, implementation, validation, and dissemination of educational curricula for practicing surgeons and other learners in conjunction with measuring performance and patient-care outcomes. The Curriculum Committee provides consultation, advice, and support to the Consortium of AEIs in implementing validated curricula.
Validation of curricula includes outcomes measures in short and long-term changes:
- Improved patient care
- Develop and apply needs assessment methods to identify practice gaps in surgical knowledge and skill across specialties
- Identify and develop standards for assessing best practices in surgical education
- Identify existing curricula and develop new curricula that incorporate best practices
- Identify barriers to curricular implementation and validation (i.e., financial, measurement tools, infrastructure, participant and institution buy-in)
- Develop models and delivery methods and pathways for widespread curricular implementation (i.e., e-learning, hands-on components, etc.)
- Develop methods for curricular validation (feasibility, content validity, metrics validation)
- Develop instruments and methods for objectively measuring short- and long-term changes in performance for competency verification (e.g., for credentialing purposes)
- Develop instruments, methods, and infrastructure for measuring patient-centered outcomes, including short- and long-term outcomes related to quality, safety, and patient care
- Work through the ACS Division of Education, to obtain funding (through NSF, AHRQ, ACS, and others) for curricular development, implementation, and validation, including measurement of performance and patient-care outcomes
- Work through the ACS Division of Education to dialogue with malpractice and health care insurance carriers and relevant industry groups to assist with needs assessment, best practices, and funding opportunities
- Work through the ACS Division of Education to dialogue with the American Board of Surgery to align curriculum and outcome measures with Maintenance of Certification initiatives (Part 2 and Part 4).