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Call for Abstracts

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education invites academic and industry engineers, scientists, surgeons, and surgical educators to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2022 Annual ACS Surgeons and Engineers meeting on March 2 in Chicago, IL. This meeting will serve as a venue for surgeons, surgical educators, engineers, and scientists to continue the dialogue between the medical simulation and engineering communities.

Both original and previously presented abstracts are welcome.

The abstract submission deadline is 11:59 pm (CDT) Wednesday, September 15. Authors are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the ACS Division of Education Engineering Committee, and acceptance will be determined based on content, relevance, and encouragement of collaboration.  Abstracts received by the deadline will be considered for presentation at the podium or poster presentation. All accepted abstracts will be notified by Monday, November 15.

Submit your abstract

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Listed below you will find abstract categories and the required sections that apply to each option. Abstract Submission Guidelines are presented at the bottom of the page.

Abstract Categories and Required Sections


  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Research In-Progress

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Preliminary results
  • Next steps

Challenges in Technology-Enhanced Surgical Education

  • Background
  • Current challenges
  • Need of innovation

Promoting Technology and Collaboration

  • Background
  • Technology overview
  • Potential application in surgical simulation and education
  • Potential opportunities to collaborate

Areas of Interest

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D printing
  • Advanced manikins
  • Artificial intelligence
    (including machine learning and deep learning)
  • Augmented reality
  • Automated surgical skill assessment
  • Computer-based virtual trainers
  • Educational databases
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Gaming for learning
  • Haptics
  • Learning management systems
  • Medical/surgical robotics
  • Motion analysis
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Simulator development
  • Standards in simulation technology
  • Virtual physiology
  • Virtual reality in surgical simulation
  • Visualization

Submission to Surgery

Authors whose original abstracts are accepted for oral presentations may be invited 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 Surgeons and Engineers meeting, which will be sent to the Editors-in-Chief of Surgery for consideration for possible publication. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be submitted through the Abstract Submission Portal. No email submissions will be accepted.
  • Accepted abstracts will be either for presentation at podium or poster presentation.
  • The body of the abstract must be no more than 300 words. This does not include the title, author, affiliation, or required section headings.
  • Only one table or figure per abstract is allowed.
  • Tables must not contain more than five columns or ten rows.
  • Tables must be submitted using CTI’s table-building tool within the online submission platform.
  • Images and pictures must be BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG.
  • You may make changes to your submitted abstract until the submission deadline.

Please contact Gyusung Lee, PhD at or 312-202-5782 with any questions regarding the Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation Call for Abstracts and meeting.