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ACS Division of Education Webinars

The ACS Division of Education is hosting a number of webinars and other educational opportunities for surgeons on the front lines.

Free Webinar: “Simulation Training for COVID-19 Caregivers”

Monday, April 6, 2020 from 5:00–6:00 pm Central Time

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education will present an upcoming free Webinar, “Simulation Training for COVID-19 Caregivers” as part of the ACS-accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) Virtual Seminar Series created by the ACS-AEI Dissemination Committee of Educational Resources.  

Please register and note that live participation will be limited to 300 participants.  A recording will be made available shortly after the webinar for a wider audience.

Moderators:

Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, Director, Surgical Quality, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Olivier Petinaux, MS, Senior Manager, Distance Education and E-Learning, American College of Surgeons

Ivan George, Assistant Administration Director, MISTIC (Department of Surgery), Johns Hopkins University

“Simultaneous Education and Testing of New Processes with Simulation in the COVID 19 Pandemic”

Presented by the ACS-AEI at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

The Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center simulation program has been active in many areas of organizational response to the COVID-19 crisis, from coordinating of personal protective equipment (PPE) donning and doffing to more elaborate team-based scenarios. The focus of this presentation is to highlight three scenarios presented to a team of physicians for both MOC education as well as testing of new procedures related to COVID-19 patients. The featured scenarios include modifications to cardiac arrest response, intensive care unit to operating room transport, and using remote telepresence for coaching procedural skills.

Presenters:

Elizabeth Sinz, MD, MEd, FCCM, FSSH, Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery; Director, Clinical Simulation Center, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Associate Dean of Clinical Simulation, Penn State University College of Medicine

David L. Rodgers, EdD, EMT-P, NRP, FAHA, Manager, Interprofessional Learning and Simulation, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Discussant for Questions;

Mary Catherine Santos, MD, MSEd, FACS, Associate Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics, Surgical Director, Simulation, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

“How to intubate and extubate patients who are COVID positive or unknown, but still needing urgent surgery”

Presented by the ACS-AEI at the University of Toronto

Presenter:
Eric You-Ten PhD, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Anesthesia, University of Toronto

“How to train for a pandemic on Personal Protective Equipment use using no real Personal Protective Equipment”

Presented by the ACS-AEI at the University of Wisconsin – Madison/UW Health

The clinical simulation program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison/UW Health provided training to over 1,600 hospital providers and staff on proper donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE). To not use hospital PPE, they fabricated single-use masks and reusable shields, utilized single-use food service gloves, and laundered reusable gowns. The training was completed in 20-minute blocks and was offered 24 hours a day to capture as many learners as possible. Early evaluation numbers suggest that the confidence levels in the learners have increased significantly.

Presenter:

Shannon DiMarco, BA, MSHS Candidate, Operations Director, UW Health Clinical Simulation Program, University of Wisconsin

Should you have any questions, please contact Olivier Petinaux, MS, Senior Manager, Distance Education and E-Learning, at opetinaux@facs.org.

New Online Program: Introduction to the ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum® (ACS FSC) for Medical Student

Available at No Cost

This new online program will help medical students and medical school faculty whose educational plans have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a goodwill gesture, the ACS Division of Education is providing six online interactive surgical case scenarios that address basic surgical concepts to medical schools and students for their use. 

Providing these basic six case scenarios immediately will address the urgent needs of the medical education community to provide online materials for their students. Unlike the ACS FSC for residents, learners will not need to be registered or enrolled, nor will tracking or assessments be provided. What is provided is pure educational content—available at no cost to 4th-year medical students and faculty.  Feedback via a short three-question survey is requested. Some students may be provided the entire curriculum of ACS FSC by their receiving residency program.

 The six case scenarios include:

  • Patient and Practitioner Safety
  • Introduction to Postoperative Hypotension
  • Postoperative Hypotension
  • Pulmonary Issues
  • Wound Care
  • Fluid & Electrolyte Management

These case scenarios are available now on the website and will be available through May 15, 2020.

These interactive, online case scenarios:  

  • Require no faculty involvement or oversight
  • Teach fundamental surgical concepts through decision making in simulated patient cases
  • Can be used in remote interactive conferences

This program has been developed with the input and support from the ACS Division of Education and the ACS FSC team led by Curriculum Directors, Drs. Patricia J. Numann and James C. Hebert. Providing these educational materials will help.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Hermes, ACS FSC Administrator, at fundamentalsofsurgery@facs.org.  

Webcast Available—Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Telemonitoring in Surgical Practice—from the 2019 ACS Clinical Congress

Available at No Cost

As health care professionals are seeking information about how to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education has made available at no cost the webcast from the 2019 ACS Clinical Congress on Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Telemonitoring.

This session discussed the development of a telemedicine program, reviewed successful ophthalmology programs—especially in the Veterans Affairs System—and related its value to rural surgery practices, as well as to busy inner-city hospital systems. Please click on the links below to view each presentation from this timely Panel Session.  

ACS Mastery in General Surgery Program Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Mastery in General Surgery Program understands that many sites are continuing to recruit for the next class and/or will begin recruiting for 2021, as appropriate. The program supports institutional efforts to follow local guidance, restrict travel, and conduct interviews remotely. Program participants, prospective participants, and participating institutions should contact MasteryGS@facs.org or 312-202-5653 for advice or for answers to any questions.