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Read New RISE Article on Using AI for Training and Assessment

A new Resources in Surgical Education article, "Machines for Surgical Education? A Review of Applications of Deep Learning for Training and Assessment," by Amin Madani, MD, PhD; Daniel A. Hashimoto, MD, MS; Adnan Alseidi, MD, EdM, FACS; and Maria S. Altieri, MD, MS, is now available.

Artificial intelligence is the study of mathematical algorithms that strive to replicate cognitive functions, such as reasoning, problem solving, decision making, and object and speech recognition. Deep learning and computer vision can have significant applications in surgical education—both for training and assessment purposes, including for automated coaching and deliberate practice, intraoperative decision making and performance assessment. The intended audience for this article is 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, the reader will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the fields of AI and deep learning
  • List three ways AI can be used in surgical education
  • List five practical challenges scientists and educators face for incorporating AI into contemporary models of surgical training
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues related to using AI in surgical education

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

Applications Invited for the New ACS Aspiring Leaders Pilot Program

The American College of Surgeons Division of Education and the Committee on Professional Opportunities for Senior Surgeons are pleased to announce the new ACS Aspiring Leaders Pilot Program. Designed for mid-career ACS Fellows, this program will focus on accelerating professional development and maximizing leadership potential. Based on individual career goals and aspirations, each selected participant will be paired with a senior surgeon who will collaborate to develop growth strategies and act as a sounding board for the participant.

During the course of this initial year, the mid-career and senior surgeon pairs will engage in a series of virtual meetings to help identify and clarify professional development goals, complete tailored educational and experiential activities, and establish meaningful measures of success. At the end of the initial year, decisions will be made regarding continuation of the pairings and the program based on participant feedback.

There is no fee for participating in this pilot program; however, individuals selected will be committed to investing the time to initiate change and accelerate their professional development as surgeon leaders. Applications should be submitted promptly to ensure they can be reviewed and considered for the pilot group starting in January 2021. The selection process will be deliberate and focus on pair-compatibility, while ensuring inclusivity of gender, ethnicity, practice and specialty.

Read additional details and access the application form about the ACS Aspiring Leaders Pilot Program.

This pilot program will be Chaired by Jennifer E. Rosen, MD, FACS. For additional information, please contact Dr. Rosen at, Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH at, Teshera Hull, MSc at, and Ashley Hoffmann at

Virtual Scientific Paper Presentations from 2020 Surgical Simulation Summit Are Available Online—Free!

The 2020 Annual Surgical Simulation Summit—the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes organized by the ACS Division of Education—could not be held in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientific papers from this summit that focused on advances in simulation-based surgical education and innovation were presented virtually during three consecutive Wednesdays in October/November 2020. Each session was well-attended and offered the opportunity for members of the ACS-AEI Consortium and leaders from the field of simulation-based surgical education to connect, engage in productive discussions and benefit from the collective wisdom and expertise of the group.

The first session included opening remarks by Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director, ACS Division of Education, and Chair, ACS Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes. Gordon A. Wisbach, MD, MBA, FACS, CAPT, MC, USN, Surgical Director, Bioskills and Simulation Training Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA, and Chair of the Simulation Summit's Program Committee, welcomed the attendees. James R. Korndorffer, Jr., MD, MHPE, FACS, vice-chair of education, department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, and Recorder for the Surgical Simulation Summit, provided an overview of the selection process for abstracts and for review of the scientific papers generated from these abstracts. These manuscripts will be sent to Surgery for consideration for publication. Kathleen A. Johnson, EdM, Assistant Director of the AEI Program, shared important information regarding the series of the three virtual sessions.

The first session, "Innovations in Simulation-Based Surgical Education," featured four presentations on innovative projects under development at simulation centers around the world. This session was moderated by Deborah Rooney, PhD, director of education and research in simulation, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. The second session featured presentations of nine scientific papers that addressed cutting-edge scholarships and advances in the field of simulation-based surgical education. This session was moderated by Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, FASMBS, vice-chair of education and surgery, Oklahoma University School of Medicine, Tulsa. The third session included presentations of the scholarly work of the Fellows of the ACS-AEI Consortium. This session was moderated by Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd), FACS, director of medical student education and surgery education research, Massachusetts General Hospital; associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; and the co-director of the MGH ACS-AEI Fellowship Program.

The Virtual Scientific Presentation Sessions from the 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit were well received and generated tremendous enthusiasm. Recordings of these sessions can be accessed free on the ACS website.

For additional information regarding these virtual sessions, contact Dr. Sachdeva at; Ms. Johnson at; and Cathy Sormalis at

Clinical Congress Content Still Available! Don't Miss the Opportunity for FREE CME!

The successful virtual Clinical Congress 2020 continues to generate interest and comments from the more than 30,000 registrants—thousands of whom are international—on the presentation of the content, ease of use, and the ability to archive sessions on the playlist for on-demand retrieval.

We invite you to avail yourself of the educational content of the entire Clinical Congress and the opportunity to earn more than 200 CME Credits, which will be available through December 31, 2020. You can still register and view the virtual Clinical Congress sessions on-demand at no charge. Register today and start watching!