American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) have updated the online curriculum designed to teach core surgical skills, through simulation, to surgical residents early in their training. This ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum—Phase 1 was created under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education to teach these foundational skills in a modular fashion.  

The curriculum provides

  • High-quality instructional materials for learners
  • Clear, easy-to-use information for faculty and lab personnel about module set-up and learner assessment

The modules cover topics ranging from aseptic technique to skin flaps and grafts to arterial anastomosis, and are currently available at no cost. 

Module Features

Modules are self-contained and can be used individually or sequentially to teach increasingly sophisticated technical skills. Each module contains:

  • Illustrated, self-paced instructions for the resident, including expert performance videos demonstrating most skills
  • Comprehensive instructions for lab personnel with instructions about setting up the simulation
  • Printable step-by-step instructions for the learner
  • An objective assessment instrument to measure skills acquisition, including recommended levels for proficiency

Additional Resources

In addition to Phase 1 of this curriculum, Phase 2 (Advanced Procedures) and Phase 3 (Team-Based Skills) are also available. Learn more about these two phases. There is currently no cost to create an account.

Login Information

Access the ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 1

For assistance, comments, or questions, contact Krashina Hudson, Administrator, Resident and Medical Student Curricula, or 312-202-5335.