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ACS-AEI Forum to Address Early-Career Simulation Training and Assessment


The American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) will host a forum June 12 that seeks to mobilize stakeholders to identify best practices and key considerations in simulation training and to build the case for more standardized implementation of simulation training and assessment in early-career surgical education. The forum, called “Training the Next Generation of Surgeons: Making It Stick, Making It Real, Making It Together,” will take place at the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) Institute of Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. The ultimate goal of the forum will be to begin formulating principles and standards that will maximize the value of simulation and ultimately improve surgeon performance.

Hosting the forum are David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director; Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education; Robert Sweet, MD, FACS, professor of urology, UW, medical director, UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center at Northwest Hospital, and executive director, WISH and Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies, UW Medicine; and Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, chief medical officer, UW Medicine, vice-president for medical affairs, UW, and Past-President of the ACS.

The forum will include opening remarks from ACS and UW leadership and panel sessions on key topics, including model simulation programs, advances in simulation technologies and tools, and best practices for broadly applying simulation training and assessment. A keynote address centered on the cognitive learning process behind skills acquisition and expert performance, WISH simulation lab tours, and a workshop session on team training will round out the program. To learn more about the forum and to register, visit the ACS-AEI event page at

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