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Educational Programs

At the American College of Surgeons (ACS), we offer a wide variety of educational programs to aid in your career. We have programs available for surgeons, residents, medical students, and educators and leaders

Are you looking to fulfill one of the core competencies of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification or to expand your core surgical knowledge? Take a look at some of the educational programs we offer.

Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program

The Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) offers you problem-based multiple-choice questions and evidence-based explanations of answers, as well as supporting references from current literature. Questions cover all 14 major content areas of general surgery, consistent with the topics covered by American Board of Surgery examinations. SESAP also includes a unique self-assessment and cognitive skills acquisition model designed to help you assess and maintain your clinical knowledge.

Selected Readings in General Surgery

Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) is the premier literature review for general surgeons. SRGS has been available continually for more than 40 years. The program provides you with evidence-based content to support state-of-the-art surgical practice. The revolving cycle of topics offers a variety of learning opportunities, and each of the eight editions published during a subscription year contains a self-assessment test that gives you the opportunity to earn CME credit.

Resources in Surgical Education

The new Resources in Surgical Education (RISE), provided by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, provides timely and informative peer-reviewed articles that relate to all aspects of surgical education. Under the guidance of the co-editors-in-chief and a diverse editorial board, RISE will feature innovative tools, information, and other resources that will enhance surgical education endeavors. New articles will be posted regularly.

ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum

The ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum is a highly interactive, case-based, online curriculum that addresses the essential content areas that all surgical residents need to master in the early years of training. Developed by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, the curriculum includes more than 99 simulated case scenarios in which residents are asked to recognize and assess symptoms and signs, order appropriate tests and procedures, evaluate data, and initiate appropriate actions.

Mastery in General Surgery Program

The Mastery in General Surgery Program aims to launch the careers of graduating surgery residents into independent general surgery practice. Junior Associates are mentored by established general surgeons and gain additional experience through graduated autonomy, educational experiences over a one-year period. While every site offers a common program structure, each Junior Associate crafts unique experiences based on their specific needs and goals.

ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and includes three phases. Phase 1 includes 20 modules that address basic surgical skills. Phase 2 includes 15 modules that address advanced skills and procedures, and Phase 3 includes 10 modules that address team-based skills. 

ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum

Through a collaborative effort by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), the ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum—a modular preparatory curriculum—is being developed to ensure that graduating students have solid skills to step into their new roles as surgery residents. The curriculum is currently being pilot tested at several medical schools across the country. We have identified the most critical goals and learning objectives to better assist faculty in prioritizing learning activities.

ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum – Phase 1

The Division of Education at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have collaborated to develop a new online resource for medical students, and medical school and clinical faculty. The first modules have just been released. The content, once complete, will address the competency-based surgical cognitive skills needed by all medical students prior to graduation. The curriculum has incorporated the contributions of surgeon educators throughout the country.

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum

The ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum provides materials that use simulation and simulators to help medical students: have structured, uniform, and consistent learning experiences; acquire the essential surgical skills needed by all physicians; and build a solid foundation for further training.

The simulation-based modules can be used to teach clinical skills ranging from taking a history and physical and signing out a patient, to inserting a central venous line with ultrasound guidance. The topics are aligned based on the year during which they are most commonly taught.