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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.

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ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based  Surgical Skills Curriculum

Overview

The ACS and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have developed a new resource for medical school faculty entitled the ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum. This joint program, developed under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education, provides materials that use simulation and simulators to help medical students do the following:

  • Have structured, uniform, and consistent learning experiences
  • Acquire the essential surgical skills needed by all physicians
  • Build a solid foundation for further training

The simulation-based modules can be used to teach clinical skills ranging from taking a history and physical and signing out a patient to inserting a central venous line with ultrasound guidance. The topics are aligned based on the year during which they are most commonly taught.

Access Curriculum Course Brochure

Informational Webinar

Learn more about this curriculum, its design, and proposed use by viewing a previously recorded webinar.

Introduction

Module Features

The modules are self-contained and can be used either as freestanding learning activities or in a stepwise fashion as part of the entire curriculum. Modules can be implemented in a proctored small or large group setting, or individually. Features of the modules include the following:

  • Objectives, assumptions, and suggested readings
  • Step-by-step description of the techniques, tasks, and procedure with photographs
  • Discussion of common errors
  • Expert performance videos
  • Assessment tool for scoring student performance and providing feedback
  • Description of the simulation laboratory model, including suggested stations, supplies, and set up

 

Related Reading

The ACS Division of Education produces a diverse assortment of articles and publications that have educational value for all medical students who may be interested in a career in surgery. We encourage you to review the relevant articles below.

American Journal of Surgeons /Association for Surgical Education Medical Student Simulation-based Surgical Skills Curriculum

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum Article (ACS Bulletin 2015): Online | PDF

 


 

Questions?

For any assistance, comments, or questions contact:

Krashina HudsonAdministrator, Resident and Medical Student CurriculaDivision of Education, American College of Surgeons
khudson@facs.org
312-202-5335