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Annual ACS Summit on Surgical Training Addresses Resident Selection

The Division of Education hosted the sixth Annual ACS Summit on Surgical Training on May 26–27. David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE, ACS Executive Director, and Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, Director, ACS Division of Education, Co-Chaired the summit, and leaders and eminent surgeon educators from across the House of Surgery participated in the meeting. The theme of the 2021 summit was Resident Selection, which has been an area of concern for a long time and has recently received heightened attention resulting from the changes necessitated by the pandemic, as well as recent modifications in the reporting of certain assessment data. The 57 participants included leaders from the various certifying boards, academies/professional organizations, review committees, and program director organizations representing cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, general surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and maxillofacial surgery, urology and vascular surgery.

Following the welcoming remarks by Dr. Hoyt, L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, MAMSE, Chair, ACS Board of Regents; Dr. Sachdeva, and J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, MAMSE, ACS Past-President provided a brief background about the inception of the ACS Summit on Surgical Training. Dr. Hoyt then presented an update on the upcoming publication, Optimal Resources for Surgery Residency Training (the Gold Book). Dr. Sachdeva highlighted the key issues in resident selection to serve as the framework for the ensuing dialogues at the summit. Dr. Levin delivered a presentation on the perspectives of the surgical specialties and underscored the similarities in the challenges faced by all surgical specialties. This presentation was followed by a representative from each of the 12 surgical specialties sharing strategies their specialties use for resident selection.

Attendees then participated in interactive small group discussions that addressed four specific topics. Once the attendees reconvened, the small group leaders presented to the entire group the key challenges, possible solutions and how the ACS may help to facilitate and expedite these solutions. The small group topics and small group leaders are listed below.

Small group topic

Small group leader

Application process, including the ERAS®, Main residency match®, and SOAP®

Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, FACS

Skillset evaluation

Gerald A. Isenberg, MD, FACS

Interview process

Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS

Selection of residents

O. Joe Hines, MD, FACS

The discussions and recommendations will serve as the basis for a manuscript, and the information will be widely distributed.

For additional information, contact Dr. Sachdeva at; Linda K. Lupi, MBA, at; or Rachel Williams Newman, MS, at

Cutting Edge of Surgical Education to Debut This Summer: Call for Submissions

On behalf of the ACS Division of Education and the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™, submissions are now being accepted for the new online portal of peer reviewed educational resources and materials, Cutting Edge of Surgical Education. This portal is designed to provide a mechanism for individual educators from across the House of Surgery to share best practices, innovative curricula and lessons learned, along with other types of scholarship. The Cutting Edge of Surgical Education will serve as a repository of peer reviewed resources that are not commonly published in traditional journals and will include curricular needs assessments, simulation reports, advanced technology reports, faculty development strategies and learner assessment tools. Note that MEDLINE indexing is being pursued to ensure that these important contributions can be easily searched and accessible. The goal of this new offering is to create a sustainable, accessible resource that contains rich and innovative content for both surgical leaders, surgical educators and surgical trainees.

The Editor-in-Chief of the Cutting Edge of Surgical Education is Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, FACS; the Consulting Editor is Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE; and the Managing Editor is Whitney L. Greer, MS.

For additional information on new educational resource, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at; Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD, at; Whitney L. Greer, MS, at; Susan Newman, MPH, at; or Jacob R. Williams, MPH at