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American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Admits Inaugural Class into Membership

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators induction program

CHICAGO (November 7, 2018): Ninety-one surgeons from seven countries comprised the inaugural class of esteemed surgeon educators who were admitted into the new American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ as Members or Associate Members. The Academy’s inaugural induction ceremony occurred on October 3 at the John B. Murphy Memorial auditorium in Chicago. Academy Members and Associate members in attendance were also publicly recognized during the annual Convocation that preceded the opening of the ACS Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, Mass., on Sunday, October 21. The Clinical Congress is the one of the largest educational meetings of surgeons in the world.

Developed under the auspices of the ACS Division of Education, the Academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education. Individuals are selected as Members or Associate Members following stringent peer review. The Academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons. Academy membership carries an obligation for commitment to the Academy’s goals, which are to identify, recognize, and recruit innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education; translate innovation into actions; offer mentorship to surgeon educators; foster exchange of creative ideas; disseminate advances in surgical education; and positively impact the quality of surgical care and patient safety.

In addition to supporting the mission and goals of the Academy, members must actively participate in Academy programs and activities. “Moving forward, we plan to pursue the Academy’s goals with great enthusiasm,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director of the ACS Division of Education and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy. “To start, small groups of Members and Associate Members will be assembled to work on addressing these goals. We also plan to publish an annual publication, Proceedings of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators  that will be launched in late 2019.”

 “With highest quality patient care through education being the paramount theme of the American College of Surgeons, the establishment of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is an important new chapter for the ACS, the world's largest organization for surgeons,." explained L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), past president of the ACS, and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators officers

“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon educators to come together. Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health care environment will be one major focus for the work of the Academy,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS. “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”

Academy membership is conferred in two categories, Member and Associate Member. For a listing of all surgeons honored with selection into the Academy, visit: https://www.facs.org/education/academy/2018selection

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.