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Approved ACS Educational Programs Qualify for Royal College Section 3 Credit

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of CanadaEffective November 1, 2020, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have entered into a new collaboration that expands the diversity of Section 3 credits available to Royal College Fellows and participants in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. With this collaboration, approved ACS surgical accredited learning and assessment activities that meet the requirements of self-assessment programs have been added to the Royal College’s MAINPORT ePortfolio. Currently approved ACS educational activities are listed below. Individuals must successfully complete the Self-Assessment requirement and claim CME in order to be eligible.

This page will be updated as additional programs are approved. 

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Impact on Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants

The credit recognition agreement officially began on November 1, 2020. It impacts Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants in the following way:

  • Any approved ACS activities that Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants complete starting on November 1, 2020, may be submitted for Section 3 MOC credit under Self-Assessment Programs.
  • Activities completed prior to November 1, 2020, must be submitted for Section 2 MOC credit under Personal Learning Projects.

Approved ACS Activities

ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership (CASEL)

ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

ACS Surgeons as Leaders

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM)

Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Course

Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Workshop

Clinical Congress – select Didactic and Experiential Courses, Panel Sessions, and Video-based Education Sessions

Clinical Congress – all Surgical Skills Courses

Exported Course on Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Improving Surgical Patient Outcomes and Minimizing Risks with Opioid-Sparing Pain Control

Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach

Perioperative Pain Management in Opioid-Tolerant Patients

Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS)

Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) 17

SESAP 17 Advanced

Additional Information

For more information, visit the Royal College Maintenance of Certification Program. If you have questions, contact: