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Submit Applications for ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership Program by May 28ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership

The ACS Division of Education has announced that applications for the 2021 cohort of the ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership Program are now being accepted through May 21. Because of ongoing COVID-19 meeting and travel restrictions, the 2021 CASEL Program will take place virtually. As was done in 2020, expert faculty, ongoing learner engagement, and the latest technology will be offered through CASEL.

CASEL offers core content and skill-building activities, including a mentored, applied learning and virtual delivery model, and requires participants to complete an applied surgical education leadership project that needs to be implemented at each participant’s home institution under the guidance of a national mentor and ACS staff. The program is intended for surgeon educators who have at least two years in practice and are interested in advancing their skills as educational leaders.

The goals of CASEL are as follows:

  • Prepare participants for leadership roles in surgical education using the highest educational standards
  • Positively affect quality and patient safety through lifelong surgical education and training
  • Improve surgical education at the institutional and departmental levels by promoting innovation and leading change

For those selected, the program will start with a virtual launch September 30–October 2, 2021 (including four to six hours of online education and engagement each day), and will include six to eight weeks of supplemental online programming offered on scheduled evenings. Following the virtual launch, participants will work with mentors remotely throughout the ensuing year on their individual institutional projects, culminating in formal presentations on their projects in 2022. Additionally, communities of CASEL graduates will be established to promote collaboration. CME Credit will be available, and a certificate will be awarded following evaluation of the completed project by the faculty.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Submission of an application, including individual project ideas, curriculum vitae and a bio sketch are required for consideration.

For additional information on this program, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE at; Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD, at; Yekaterina Baker, MA, at; or Susan Newman, MPH, at