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RISE Article Discusses Using Neuroscience of Learning to Prepare for ABSITE Test

A new Resources in Surgical Education (RISE) article, “These three practical tips can help you use the neuroscience of learning to successfully prepare for the ABSITE Exam,” is available online. This article describes several self-directed learning techniques as a tool to better prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) and is intended for surgical residents, program directors in surgery, and surgical educators. The specific learning objectives of the article are as follows:

  • Describe the basic features and rationale of three neuroscience of learning concepts (testing effect, retrieval practice, and interleaving)
  • Describe how these concepts have been shown to be effective in improving learning
  • Provide specific examples of how these can be used and leveraged by residents and faculty in preparation for ABSITE

The article is available on the RISE web page by selecting “Articles” on the left navigation pane.

Contact Krashina Hudson at or at 312-202-5335 for additional information.

Medical Students: Has Your Education Been Affected by COVID-19? New ACS National Professional Development Seminars Can Help

With the recent disruption of medical education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, medical students have found it difficult to access the requisite guidance they need to chart their pathway toward surgical careers. To address this situation, the American College of Surgeons Division of Education has planned two webinars titled the National Professional Development Seminars for Medical Students. These webinars are being conducted under the aegis of the Committee on Medical Student Education. Medical students are encouraged to avail themselves to the advice of this robust panel of seasoned surgical educators.

The first live webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm Central Time and will be targeted toward rising fourth-year medical students.

The second is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm Central and will address the concerns of second- and third-year students.

Both webinars are offered at no cost and will be recorded for subsequent viewing.

Faculty will include:

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME
Director, ACS Division of Education

Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Committee on Medical Student Education

Jesse S. Moore, MD, FACS
Past-Chair, Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Clerkship Directors Committee

Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS
Curriculum Co-Director, ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum
Past-President, ASE

Jennifer N. Choi, MD, FACS
Executive Committee, Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS)

Paul J. (PJ) Schenarts, MD, FACS
Vice-Chair, ACS Committee on Medical Student Education
Past-President, Association of Program Directors in Surgery

Medical Students should register in advance for this meeting using the following links:

National Professional Development Seminars for Medical Students - Webinar 1
May 14, 7:00 pm Central

National Professional Development Seminars for Medical Students - Webinar 2
May 19, 7:00 om Central

Questions from medical students are invited beforehand and may be submitted at For those students unable to attend, the recorded webinars will be available for viewing in the near future.

For details about registration, contact Brad DeFabo Akin at or Kim Echert at

For additional information, please contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME,

Board and RRC Updates

Final Report and Recommendations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants

ACS Surgeon Specific Registry Updates: MIPS 2019 Data Submitted and MIPS 2020 Participation Available

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry™ (SSR) thanks surgeon participants who used the SSR platform to comply with and approve their Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2019 data submissions and assisted the SSR Team with the audit requirements. All approved MIPS 2019 data have been submitted to CMS. You can view your MIPS 2019 Preliminary Score and Feedback on the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.

CMS has approved the SSR to provide MIPS 2020 participation as a Qualified Registry for the Quality and Improvement Activities components for the 2020 performance year. MIPS 2020 is available in the SSR system. Eligible MIPS 2020 participants can fully enter all data and review performance rates for MIPS 2020 and are encouraged to sign up now. Make sure to verify your eligibility for MIPS 2020 Participation before enrolling.

Visit the ACS website for more information on MIPS 2020 and review the educational MIPS 2020 Quick Guide. The deadline to submit your MIPS 2020 data through the SSR is January 6, 2021.

Surgeons are encouraged to enter SSR cases regularly, not only to participate in MIPS, but also to track cases and outcomes continuously for surgical quality improvement and to submit a case log to the American Board of Surgery.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at or at 312-202-5408.

For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).