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A Recap of the 2017 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Conference

AEI 10th AnniversaryThe 10th Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) Consortium was held March 17–18, 2017, at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL. The chair of this year’s Program Committee was Kevin Lachapelle, MD, FACS, from McGill University. Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, served as this year’s vice-chair. Drs. Lachapelle and Nepomnayshy worked with the members of the Program Committee to facilitate the creation of content for the meeting that was both practical and useful. Based on the evolution of conference content, the incorporation of other aspects of surgical education, and the evolving makeup of the meeting audience, the Committee suggested a name change to better reflect the conference’s purpose. As a result, the meeting is now called the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Conference.

Jeffrey Gold, MD, FACS, chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, was invited to provide the keynote address. Dr. Gold provided a challenging and inspirational discussion titled “Transforming Health Professions Education: To Dare Mighty Things.” Dr. Gold described the challenge involved in educating health professionals in the 21st century, discussed why experiential learning should be the preferred method for teaching, and explained the University of Nebraska’s current strategy and vision for the future. Dr. Gold challenged attendees to think outside the box as to how to educate its work force, because ultimately everyone will benefit, including the patients and stakeholders who support the education.

The keynote address was followed by a special panel, “The Value Proposition of Simulation.” Invited speakers included David Feldman, MD, FACS, senior vice-president and chief medical officer, Hospitals Insurance Company; John Combes, MD, senior advisor, The Southport Group, and former chief medical officer and senior vice-president, American Hospital Association; David Cook, MD, MPHE, professor of medicine and medical education, Mayo Clinic; and Dana Andersen, MD, FACS, scientific program manager, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Feldman showed the value of supporting simulation from a professional liability insurer’s perspective from claims data. Dr. Combes demonstrated that simulation is a valuable tool for interprofessional development and that it reinforces safety as a motivator for both staff and the organization. Dr. Cook used evidence in the medical education literature that suggests using simulation is an effective tool to train medical professionals. Finally, Dr. Andersen noted that the reasons why surgeons are interested in using simulation include safety, outcomes, technical competence, managing rare events, learning new skills or technologies, and improving procedures. The special panel nicely supported the overall theme of Dr. Gold’s address on thinking about how to train medical professionals in new and unique ways.

Again this year, the Program Committee wanted to offer practical sessions that would allow attendees to learn strategies and ideas that could be used at their Accredited Education Institutes (AEIs). In addition to offering the popular Pro-Con Debate Session, this year’s meeting also offered a new session, “How We Do It: Linking Simulation to Institutional Quality Improvement and Risk Management.” We added this session in response to feedback received from 2016 meeting attendees who wanted more hands-on, practical information. Slides for the various sessions can be found online. The Program Committee is interested in engaging attendees more and will look for other ways to achieve that goal at these meetings.

Another meeting highlight was the 10 original paper presentations, and for the first time an award was given for the best paper presented. Nimesh D. Naik, MD, a resident who is also one of the Fellows from the ACS-AEI Fellowship Program at the Mayo Clinic, was the award winner.

Meeting evaluation results indicate that the participants were pleased with the content of the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Conference. The participants also shared positive comments about the workshops, indicating that the workshops continue to provide practical advice and tools that can be used at their own centers.

We are beginning to plan for the 2018 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Conference, which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 16–17, 2018. If you have ideas for panels, workshops, or suggested invited speakers, please contact Amy Johnson at ajohnson@facs.org and she will share them with the Program Committee. We believe this is your meeting, and we want to meet your interests and needs.

2017 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Conference Highlights

Chair of the ACS-AEI Program, Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, gives his 2017 State of the ACS-Accredited Education Institutes presentation to the Consortium.
Chair of the ACS-AEI Program, Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, gives his 2017 State of the ACS-Accredited Education Institutes presentation to the Consortium.
2017 keynote speaker Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS, addresses conference attendees on the first day during his presentation, “Transforming Health Professions Education: To Dare Mighty Things”
2017 keynote speaker Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS, addresses conference attendees on the first day during his presentation, “Transforming Health Professions Education: To Dare Mighty Things”
2017 Program Committee Chair, Kevin J. Lachapelle, MD, FACS, welcomes attendees to the 2017 program.
2017 Program Committee Chair, Kevin J. Lachapelle, MD, FACS, welcomes attendees to the 2017 program.
2017 Special Panel Session participants (from left to right): David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAPL, FACS; John R. Combes, MD; Dana K. Andersen, MD, FACS; David A. Cook, MD, MHPE; and Keynote Speaker, Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS.
2017 Special Panel Session participants (from left to right): David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAPL, FACS; John R. Combes, MD; Dana K. Andersen, MD, FACS; David A. Cook, MD, MHPE; and Keynote Speaker, Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS.