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AEI Quarterly

ACS AEI Standing Committee Updates

This past fall ushered in new leadership for the AEI Standing Committees to build on past accomplishments and lead the consortium in its continued work to innovate in simulation-based education and training. Below are the committee reports on their deliverables and activities since last spring.

Administration and Management Committee

The Administration and Management (A&M) Committee has been actively preparing for its 2023 MORE Track content and to meet its other deliverables for the year. 

The A&M Committee commends outgoing Co-Chair Jeffrey D. Howells, MS, MBA, for his contributions and dedication since committee inception. Mr. Howells is moving into a consultant role for the A&M Committee this fall. Vice-Chair Jesika S. Gavilanes, MA, will become the next Co-Chair, and the committee nominates Committee Member Julie Hartman, DC, MS, CHSE, to the open Vice-Chair role. The A&M Committee would also like to welcome Cristina Alvarado, MBA, RN, to its committee roster.

For the first time, the 2023 MORE Track sessions will be a part of the general program at the in-person Annual Surgical Simulation Summit March 2023. In its first plenary session, Team R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Relationships, Engagement, Satisfaction, Professional Development, Equity, Communication, Trust), the interprofessional members of the Administrative and Management Committee, will share lessons learned and best practices in relation to teambuilding. The second 2023 MORE offering will be the DIY Model Building committee workshop, which provides attendees a hands-on opportunity to practice with DIY Models from four AEIs and ask any questions for use back at their centers.

Mr. Howells will remain as the committee’s newsletter editor, with the next issue going into production before the holidays. Look for a member article on Mr. Howell’s tenure and an introduction to new Committee Member Ms. Alvarado; a new DIY Model recipe; a Tips and Tricks column focusing on new AEI accreditation details by AEI Senior Manager Catherine Sormalis; and the Team Building Corner, a new feature this fall in the newsletter.

The A&M Committee also provided representation as surveyors for two initial accreditation visits this fall through the ARC.

For more information on Administration and Management Committee activities, contact Co-Chairs Melinda Klar, RN (mklar@utmck.edu) and Ms. Gavilanes (gavilane@ohsu.edu), or Ms. Hartman (julie-hartman@uiowa.edu).

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee would like to thank outgoing Co-Chair Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS, for his leadership and contributions over the years. Dr. Llerena will rotate into a committee consultant role this fall. Vice-Chair Edgardo S. Salcedo, MD, FACS, will move into a Co-Chair position, and the Curriculum Committee welcomes Committee Member Gladys L. Fernandez, MD, as the new Vice-Chair.

After meeting two deliverables this summer, the Curriculum Committee is also making strides with developing more modules on communications skills for interns using simulated scenarios for teaching feedback, assessment, and debriefing.

The rescheduled committee workshop, Bottoms Up! Integrating Inter-Professional Education into a Health Sciences Center, has been updated for presentation in 2023. This workshop will be led by John Paige, MD, FACS; Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE; and Co-Chair James N. Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS. The session will address the need for more courses in curriculum development. Additionally, it addresses an important topic that many health sciences centers face related to incorporating inter-professional education into curricula, and helping to identify challenges and strategies in implementation.

A companion booklet is under development by editor Dr. Khamis for the recently launched Online Curriculum Development Tool. 

For more information on the Curriculum Committee’s activities, contact Co-Chairs Drs. Lau (James.Lau@lumc.edu) and Salcedo (esalcedo@ucdavis.edu), or Dr. Fernandez (gladys.fernandezmd@baystatehealth.org).

Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development (FD) Committee would like to extend its gratitude to Outgoing Co-Chair Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE, for her leadership and contributions.  Dr. Khamis will move into a committee consultant role this fall.  This committee also welcomes Committee Member Geoffrey T. Miller, PhD(c), EMT-P, FSSH, as the new FD Committee Vice-Chair.

Over the summer, the FD Committee reached out to the consortium with a needs assessment survey to collect current faculty development needs data to guide the committee with its future committee deliverables.

Dr. Khamis is currently editing a booklet as a supplement to the Online Curriculum Development Tool (OCDT) Template, a template which has been developed from a user-friendly, systematic stepwise approach to curriculum development that incorporates features to increase simulation learning effectiveness and conform to academic accreditation requirements.  The OCDT booklet will go under committee review in early 2023.

The FD Committee is preparing to present two workshops during the 2023 Annual Surgical Simulation Summit. The popular, interactive FUN Workshop Competition will have entries from Harvard and Tufts Universities to compete for the best FUN and practical tool that can be used by faculty at other AEIs for training using simulation. The second workshop, Performance Dimension Training for Effective Feedback Based on Direct Observation in Surgical Practice, will be led by Committee Member Areti Tillou, MD. This workshop will target inter-professional educators, simulation-based educators, and AEI faculty.

For more information on the Faculty Development Committee’s activities, contact Chair Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, MSc, FACS (Dmitry.Nepomnayshy@Lahey.org) and Dr. Miller (gmille71@jhmi.edu).

International Committee

The International Committee has been structuring its deliverables to maximize its ability to create opportunities for collaboration and networking for the international AEIs since last spring.

Vice-Chair Andrea Moglia, PhD, is the lead for the recent committee survey to assess simulators equipment at international AEIs. The data will assist with future research collaboration opportunities for international AEI members.

The committee newsletter was distributed last month to all AEIs. This newsletter serves to promote the activities of the international community, provides a sounding board for collaborative projects, and promotes networking opportunities. The latest issue spotlighted new Committee Consultant Omer Burak Argun, MD, from Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey; circulated international activities of interest to readers; and promoted a new ACS AEI tool for collecting the consortium’s research for collaboration opportunities.

The Train-the-Trainer course on hybrid minimally invasive surgery technology, a collaboration between Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD) / Institute of Image-Guided Surgery (IHU) and the International Committee, opened 24/7 access to its interactive online training modules from October 24 to November 13. Additionally, personalized virtual meetings were scheduled for November 14-17.

For more information on International Committee activities, contact Chair Lars Enochsson, MD, PhD (lars.enochsson@umu.se), or Vice-Chair Andrea Moglia, PhD (andrea.moglia@endocas.org).