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Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Call for Abstracts

The American College of Surgeons Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes (AEI)  is offering opportunities for presentation of original paper, collaborative works, innovation, AEI Fellow and MORE Track presentations at the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit, March 3–5, 2022, in Chicago, IL.

New this year is our expanded abstract categories for the 2022 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit. The Program Committee will review submitted abstracts and make decisions regarding their selections for the following categories ONLY: Original Paper, Collaborative Works (NEW), Innovation and AEI Fellow. Please see below for further descriptions of these categories.

Submission Guidelines and Expectations

  • All abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented. Submitters are required to confirm the originality of their research in order to complete an abstract submission.
  • All work submitted and accepted will be presented at the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit
  • All authors on the abstract submission must fill out a disclosure form by the September 16, 2021, 11:59 pm CT deadline in order for the abstract submission to be complete.
  • All abstracts selected for Original Paper presentations will require those authors to submit their manuscripts (due by Friday, February 18, 2022) before the Annual Surgical Simulation Summit. This guideline will allow for the moderator of the papers session and the discussant of an original paper presentation to become familiar with the research being presented before the meeting.

If you have any questions about the ACS AEI abstract submission process, please contact Amy Johnson, or 312-202-5415.

Abstract Categories

MORE Track Abstract

The AEI Administration and Management Committee’s MORE (Management, Operations, Research and Education) Track abstract category is returning this year to draw the most current, cutting edge abstract proposals from administration and management colleagues in the field for review and use in the 2022 MORE Track programming.

This submission type is located under the Category of Abstract. We ask that you select your abstract category carefully going forward for either the standard Annual Surgical Simulation Summit options or the MORE program. Abstract submissions for the MORE program are reviewed separately from Annual Summit submissions.

Original Paper Abstract

Original Paper abstracts should present results of original research in:

  • Simulation-based surgical education, or
  • Implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods.

Topics may include:

  • Curriculum development
  • Teaching methods
  • Learner assessments
  • Program evaluations
  • Patient safety
  • Surgical outcomes, etc.

Both quantitative and qualitative research will be considered.

Evaluation criteria include the following:

  • Quality and originality
  • Potential significance to educational theory or application to health services management, policy, or clinical practice
  • Timeliness
  • Clarity of writing and presentation
  • Completed or nearly completed research
  • Relevance

For Original Papers, abstracts that do not describe research methods and present study results will not be considered for presentation. Statements such as "data will be presented" or "results will be shown" should not be included in submitted abstracts. Abstracts should include only generic names, which should be written in lowercase letters.

Submission to Surgery

Authors whose abstracts are accepted for Original Paper presentations are required to submit a full length manuscript (due February 18, 2022) for consideration by Surgery. If your manuscript is selected by the Conference Recorder John T. Paige, MD, FACS, and Managing Editor Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, you will be invited to submit it for possible inclusion as part of the collection of selected manuscripts from the 2022 Annual Summit, which will be sent to the Editors-in-Chief of Surgery for consideration for possible publication. 

Collaborative Works Abstract – NEW!

Abstracts should represent collaborative research studies or solutions implemented to address a particular challenge or need. Abstracts in this category may be completed, in the development phase or in early stages of implementation, but must be multi-institutional or interdisciplinary in nature. Authors of accepted abstracts may be invited to present their work as a poster or as an oral presentation. Participants in this program are expected to highlight the specific challenge or need that initiated the work, and include collaborative components of study design, study aims and goals, resource allocation, methodological considerations, outcome measures, and/or assessment metrics. Special consideration will be given to abstracts that promise completed scholarly work.

Innovation Abstract

This category targets descriptions of innovative simulators and technology for teaching and assessment.  Works in progress, research ideas for collaboration, or those abstracts without significant outcomes data will be considered.

Work-in-Progress presentations may include pilot studies and preliminary work in simulation-based surgical education.  Those abstracts selected for oral presentation from this category are not required to submit a full-length manuscript for Surgery.

AEI Fellow Abstract

To be considered for the Fellowship Designation opportunity, you will need to indicate for the presenting author under Additional Information that you are currently enrolled in an AEI Simulation Education Fellowship program.

Submission Details

Submit your abstract 

Review our Frequently Asked Questions document for more details or contact Amy Johnson at


The submission deadline is 11:59 pm CT on September 16. Abstracts will not be accepted nor revised after the deadline, including changes, deletions, or additions to the author order.


Presenting authors will be notified of the Program Review Committee’s decision by Friday, December 10, 2021. All committee decisions are final.

We look forward to your participation in the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit and thank you for your submission!

Important Dates

June 2, 2021 – Call for Abstracts opens
September 16, 2021 – Deadline for submitting abstracts (11:59 pm CT)
December 10, 2021 – Notifications sent to presenting authors