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ACS AEI Faculty Development Committee’s Current Trends in Simulation-Based Education Booklet Now Available

The Current Trends in Simulation-Based Education booklet is a compilation of Article of the Month series I and II summaries, which can be used as a reference tool for faculty development programs. The themes addressed in this resource—curriculum development, learner assessment, debriefing, education research, program evaluation, and faculty development—result from the 2015 committee's needs assessment findings for faculty simulation education skills. The resource also includes introductions by noted authors on these topics and appendices of helpful tools for the running and evaluation of faculty development units and activities as based on true needs assessment. To get a complimentary PDF of the publication, please contact the program’s coordinator Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or

ACS AEI R&D Committee’s Research Manual

The 2015 ACS Principles and Practice for Simulation and Surgical Education Research manual evolved from a perceived need for guidance, education, and an enhancement of the quality of scholarly work emerging from simulation and surgical education research.

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ACS Simulator Industry Focus Group COVID-19 Related Resources

Please follow this link: COVID-19 Related Resources to find current resources provided by the ACS Simulator Industry Focus Group.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has no financial interest and does not endorse the products or companies provided below.

  • Resources for Ventilator Management Training
  • Resources for Airway Management (Intubation) Training
  • Resources for Other Training - Short-term: During the crisis
  • Resources for Other Training - Mid-term: Right after the crisis. Preparation for Upcoming Elective Surgeries
  • Resources for Other Training - Long-term: Preparing for the Future

This information was gathered from participants of the ACS Simulator Industry Focus Group and reviewed by the ACS-AEI Technologies and Simulation Committee to address various challenges raised by COVID-19 and is being made available to you for your convenience.

The ACS Simulator Focus Group was formed by the ACS Division of Education to acknowledge and integrate Industry into conversations and processes involving simulation and innovation.  Industry representatives in the Simulator Focus Group are selected based on their involvement at the forefront of advances in surgical simulation and education.

If you have any questions, please contact Gyusung Lee, PhD, Assistant Director of Simulation-Based Surgical Education and Training at or 312-202-5782.

Guidelines for Simulator Development

The AEI Technology and Simulation Committee has developed a set of recommendations for preferred characteristics of surgical simulation. Download the Guidelines for Simulation Development.

Simulator Value Index Tool

Do you need help making the best decision about simulator purchases? Do you need to justify simulator purchases to leadership at your institution?

The Simulator Value Index (SVI) tool is founded on scientific evidence from the medical simulation community and designed to facilitate decision making during the simulator evaluation and purchase process via a standardized mechanism. Developed via collaborative project led by Deborah Rooney, PhD, at the University of Michigan, and the Technologies and Simulation Committee of the ACS-AEI Consortium.

AEI User’s Guide

AEI User's Guide to Apply for Accreditation

AEI Glossary of Terms

This guide provides the instructions, directions, examples, and suggestions on how to best write and assemble an application for initial accreditation or reaccreditation using the revised standards and criteria. It also serves as a resource when new questions arise during the daily operations of an AEI.

AEI CME Activity Calendar Submission Form

AEI CME Activity Calendar Submission Form

The AEI CME Activity Calendar Submission form was developed to provide you with an easier way to submit your activities to the AEI Calendar. For more information contact Amy Johnson, Program Coordinator, at or 312-202-5415.

AEI Virtual Seminar Series

AEI Virtual Seminar Series

ACS AEI Surgical Simulation-Based Research

Each year, ACS AEI provides access to high-level, original simulation-based research through its Annual Surgical Simulation Summit forum. Our scientific research focuses on simulation-based surgical education and implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods.

2019 Original Papers Presentations

Session I

Moderator: Shimae C. Fitzgibbons MD, MEd, FACS, MedStar SiTEL and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Expansion of Surgical Simulation Through the Development of Economic Laparoscopic Simulators and Student-run Organizations
Jordan J. Baechle, BS, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee
Discussant: John T. Paige, MD, FACS, LSU Health–New Orleans School of Medicine Learning Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Grouped-based Video Feedback is as Effective and More Efficient than Personalized Video Feedback for Enhancing Skills of Surgical Interns
Yazan N. AlJamal, MBBS, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota
Discussant: Aimee K. Gardner, PhD, School of Allied Health Professions, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Proficiency Based Training Program for Performing Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery – How and Why to Learn the Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in the Military
Kyle Checchi, MD, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California
Discussant: Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Automated Assessment of Surgical Knot Tying
Elizabeth M. Huffman, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Discussant: Jeremy M. Lipman, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, Cleveland, Ohio

Comparing reverse half-hitch alternating post surgical knots and square knots for closure of enterotomy in a simulated deep body cavity: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Edward A. Sykes, PhD, Queen’s University, School of Medicine, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Discussant: Sharon Muret–Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Medical Student Perception and Confidence in Informed Consent, A Core EPA
Tiffany N. Anderson, MD, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Discussant: Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS, WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare and UW Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Session II

Moderator: Costas D. Lallas, MD, FACS, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Surgical Games: A Simulation-Based Structured Assessment of Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Technical Skill
Karla J. Felix, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York
Discussant: David R. Farley, MD, FACS, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota

The Use of Virtual Humans to Assess Surgeon Communication Skills in a Simulated Laparotomy
D. Scott Lind, MD, University of Florida Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
Discussant: Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Simulation Training for Endoscopic Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Nationwide Survey of Rural Surgeons’ Needs and Preferences Analysis
Shawn M. Purnell, MD, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Discussant: Munier M. S. Nazzal, MBChb, FACS, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

Knot-tying Struggles for Surgical Interns: Bare Hands vs. Gloves vs. Gloves with Butter
Nizamuddin Shaikh, MBBS, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota
Discussant: Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS, Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Use of Sensors to Quantify Procedural Idle Time: Validity Evidence for a New Mastery Metric
Kenneth H. Perrone, MD, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Discussant: Sharon Muret–Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Using Causal Models in Psychomotor Performance Assessment
Alex L. Otto, BA, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Discussant: James M. Cooke, MD, University of Michigan Clinical Simulation Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

View the 2019 Posters from Contributing Authors

Consortium Abstract Research Database

The ACS-AEI Research and Development Committee provided the Consortium with the Consortium Abstract Research Database as a reference tool. This database includes all Consortium abstracts since 2008.

Presentations and Podcasts

Presentations and Podcasts from AEI Meetings
View presentation slides and listen to audio from past AEI Meetings.