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ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership Program 2019 Cohort to Present Work at Virtual CASEL Conference

The Division of Education launched the ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership Program in 2019 to offer surgeon educators the opportunity to earn a certificate following participation in the requisite coursework and completion of innovative surgical education projects at their respective home institutions, with mentorship provided by renowned medical and surgical educators from across the U.S. The mission of CASEL is to promote excellence in surgical education leaders and to improve the quality of surgical training and, ultimately, patient care.

The 2019 CASEL cohort has completed the course requirements and has pursued a number of exciting year-long projects. Examples of these project include development of a virtual clerkship rotation for medical students; needs assessment on opioid prescribing education for residents; and implementation of a "Section of Education" in a department of surgery to support the career development of faculty educators. The mentors and the CASEL participants have remained in constant contact throughout the year, and the senior staff in the Division of Education have monitored the progress of each CASEL participant. These CASEL participants will present their work during the upcoming CASEL Conference. Following these presentations, each participant will receive a formal Certificate of Completion of the program.

The upcoming virtual CASEL conference is scheduled for October 22–24, and includes five important modules to be offered November 2020–January 2021. This is a state-of-the-art distributed learning model that has been adopted to ensure the greatest impact.

The 2020 CASEL cohort was selected from a large applicant pool and will commence their year-long program at the upcoming CASEL Conference. They will present their work next fall.

For additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at; Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD, at; or Susan Newman, MPH, at

Watch and Earn: View FREE 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Research Virtual Presentations and Earn CME

The Division of Education is offering the 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Research Presentations, which will be presented virtually 6:00–8:00 pm Central time October 21, October 28 and November 4. These virtual weekly presentations will feature selected research papers and scholarly work from the annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit that was canceled in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are three categories of presentations that will be of interest:

  • Innovations in Simulation-Based Education Presentations
  • Scientific Paper Presentations
  • Accredited Education Institutes Simulation Fellow Presentations

Participants can earn up to 5.25 Continuing Medical Education Credits and Patient Safety Credits for FREE!

Although there is no registration fee, all participants must register online to access the meeting. Registration is limited to 300 participants for each of the three sessions. Register early to ensure your spot. Visit the ACS website for more information and to register for the meeting.

For additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at; Kathleen A. Johnson, EdM, at; or Catherine Sormalis at

Read New RISE Article on Mitigating Implicit Bias in the Virtual Interview Space

Resources in Surgical Education (RISE)A new Resources in Surgical Education article, "New Dog, Old Tricks: Tips on Mitigating Implicit Bias in the Virtual Interview Space," by Alaina D. Geary, MD; Jad M. Abdelsattar, MD; Tania K. Arora, MD; Kari M. Rosenkranz, MD; Peter Yoo, MD, FACS; Valentine N. Nfonsam, MD, MS, FACS, and Lilah F. Morris-Wiseman, MD, FACS, is now available. This article offers practical tips to help program leadership address implicit bias in the virtual interview setting and is intended for residency and fellowship program directors in surgery, other educators in surgical disciplines, and medical student or resident applicants in surgical disciplines.

After reading this article, educators and applicants will be able to do the following:

  • Define implicit bias and recognize how it might influence the virtual recruitment process
  • Understand the rationale behind best practice implicit bias mitigation strategies
  • Apply implicit bias mitigation strategies to the virtual interview setting

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

Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to submit to the RISE site? Submit your idea today by clicking the Submit Your Article, Idea, Or Topic link.

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