Biannual Updates of ACS AEI Standing Committees

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Biannual Updates of ACS AEI Standing Committees

Biannual Updates of ACS AEI Standing Committees

Twice a year, the ACS AEI Standing Committees report on the progress of their committee work and any achievements to the Consortium. The following are committee reports resulting from the recent 2018 Mayo Postgraduate Course committee meetings.

Administration and Management Committee

This fall, the Administration and Management (A&M) Committee transitioned leadership with Co-Chair Farrah F. Leland, JD, rotating into a committee consultant role and Vice-Chair Jeffrey D. Howells, MBA, MS, moving into the open co-chair position. In addition, committee member Melinda Klar, RN, moved into the vacant vice-chair role. The A&M Committee welcomed three new committee members to its roster: Darlene Bourgeois, MSN, RN, Lahey Clinic; Jesika S. Gavilanes, MA, VirtuOHSU; and Karen Johnson, MA, WISE.

The A&M Committee received ACS AEI leadership approval to expand its annual track session into an annual track program block for administration and management professionals, technicians, educators, and so on, to run concurrently with the traditional program for surgeons at the annual March meeting. A survey went out to AEI members requesting their feedback on what the new program should cover to assist with developing even more member-driven content for 2019.

Another deliverable moving forward after meeting with ACS AEI leadership at the Mayo PG Course was the group purchasing project. This mechanism is under works currently for U.S. AEIs to receive discounts on purchases. The next steps are to focus on logistics and present the concept to the College’s legal team for approval.

The A&M Committee’s 2018 Hot Topics Series featured two topics in demand by AEI members with an August 22, 2018, session on “3D Printing for Medical Training: The Future of 3D Printing Patient-Specific Anatomical Models” conducted by the AEI Technologies and Simulation Committee member Troy Reihsen, UW, and a November 16, 2018, session on “Resident Wellness: Achievable Goal or Pipe Dream? Lessons Learned from a Trainee-Driven Program” presented by Drs. Dana Lin and Claudia Mueller, Stanford.

The next issue of the A&M Committee newsletter, which highlights valuable news and information about administration and management expertise, best practices, and events, is coming this fall/winter. Each issue includes interesting and useful articles and features such as recaps of recent ACS AEI meetings, other (future) relevant events to attend, a DIY recipe for a simulation model, meet a fellow/member, Hot Topics webinar schedule, tips and tricks for an administrator, and a website and social media directory of ACS AEIs.

For more information on Administration and Management Committee activities, please contact Co-Chairs Jennifer Calzada, MA, MPH (, and Jeffrey D. Howells, MBA, MS (, or Vice-Chair Melinda Klar, RN (

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee welcomed aboard new committee member Earl B. Power Murphy, MA, JUMP, this past summer. At the Mayo PG Course, this committee regrouped with its members over the progress of the two current projects they have been primarily focusing on since last year’s PG Course.

The Communication Skills Curriculum Based on Milestone-Based OSCEs project under the leadership of Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD, FACS, has been divided into three working groups to develop the first three milestone modules of this toolkit: Breaking Bad News, Informed Consent, and Hand Offs. Groups reported back to Dr. Eggerstedt on their progress before the PG Course, and a template was created by the Informed Consent Group as a guide for other groups to build their module’s framework. Currently, each group has in the works a framework with a literature review, scripts of scenarios, videos of good and bad techniques for discussion, and assessment tools. The goal is to have drafts of these modules ready for piloting by the March meeting.

Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE, leads the Online Curriculum Development Tool (OCDT) project, which is system that will provide users with a simulation-based curriculum development template in seven steps for creating curriculum based on best practices. Each step will have tips, examples, questions, and so on to develop an AEI’s course. Dr. Khamis has reviewed drafts for six of the seven steps. A platform has also been chosen to house the OCDT system. This group intends to have content ready for internal evaluation and review by the March committee meeting.

For more information on the Curriculum Committee’s activities, please contact Co-Chairs Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD, FACS (, and Aimee K. Gardner, PhD (, or Vice-Chair Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS (lllerena@HEALTH.USF.EDU).

Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development Committee has been making progress with its current deliverables since the March committee meeting.

Co-Chair John T. Paige, MD, FACS, thanked everyone for their hard work on making the Article of the Month (AotM) series a valued resource on faculty development for the AEIs. Contributors of both series included Ahmad Aulakh, DO, PGY1; Tess Aulet, MD; Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD; Diana Dolmans, PhD; Antonio Gangemi, MD, FACS; Aimee K. Gardner, PhD; Martha Godfrey, MD; Amy Johnson; Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE; Samantha W.E. Knight, MD, PGY1; Jeremy M. Lipman, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS; Cate Nicholas, EdD, MS, PA; D. George Ormond, MD; John T. Paige, MD, FACS; Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS; Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, FACS; Yvonne Steinert, PhD; and Jordan Wood, MD, PGY1. All contributors will receive a certificate from the ACS Division of Education for their work on this Consortium benefit. Some of the opportunities resulting from the series include establishing learning communities over the content and a training manual, which is in the works, for enabling AEIs to put this content into practice.

The training manual approved by the Faculty Development Committee was a proposal by Co-Chair Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE, for an ACS-sponsored faculty development booklet presenting the recent trends in simulation-based education and tips for application in the different AEIs. This manual will include an overview of each of the AotM series’ themes as written by international experts in the field followed by the relevant AotM summaries for each theme.

The 2019 committee-sponsored workshop was designed to be a fun and interactive session to generate practical tools that can be used by AEIs for training new and current faculty on how to teach through the use of simulation. A juried competition is underway, with the AEIs eligible to enter a contest for their unique faculty development concepts to be presented at the annual Summit over this timely topic.

This committee is moving forward with writing a white paper over the 2018 joint workshop with the Best Practices Committee on how to overcome challenges and barriers on faculty development by utilizing the workshop groups’ output, surveys over where to find the solutions, and best practices to use.

Dr. Khamis is also leading the joint Curriculum Committee project on the Online Curriculum Development Tool (OCDT). The OCDT groups are making progress with the seven-step template for simulation-based curriculum development and had their first feedback meeting before the Mayo PG Course. The goal is to get content ready for review around the time of the 2019 March committee meetings.

For more information on the Faculty Development Committee’s activities, please contact Co-Chairs Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE (, and John T. Paige, MD, FACS (

Research and Development Committee

The Research and Development Committee welcomes and thanks the following committee members for their participation and newly assigned roles: Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, as Co-Chair (joining current Co-Chair, Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS). Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, will now act as Vice-Chair. The Research and Development Committee also welcomes its newest member, Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD.

Work groups, which were assembled and engaged during the 2018 Research Summit, are entering the second phase of their projects, which is creation of proposals. The proposals are based on the three key areas investigated at the summit: Value Proposition of Simulation (ROI), Impact of Simulation Training on Patient Safety, and Simulation Use for Credentialing of Surgeons and Teams.

To promote partnership and understanding through technology within the AEI community, the committee presented the concept of collaborative AEI project webinars and collaborative AEI podcasts. The Research and Development Committee has had positive experience in its use of both platforms to further understand a project and topic of interest.

For more information about the Research and Development Committee’s activities, please contact Co-Chairs Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS (, and Mark Aeder, MD, FACS (, or Vice-Chair Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA (

Technologies and Simulation Committee

In August, the Technologies and Simulation Committee, at the request of the Administration and Management Committee, sponsored a Hot Topics webinar focused on 3D printing. The webinar was led by Troy E. Reihsen, director of the Artificial Tissue Lab at the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST), University of Washington. Mr. Reihsen introduced attendees to the processes and needs involved with starting and maintaining a 3D printing program. Content focused specifically on novel methods and processes for source data collection, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) datasets, segmentation, preparation of files for printing, types of printers and materials, and post-processing. Approximately 50 groups and individuals registered to participate in the webinar.

The committee welcomes Austin Beason, MD, to its membership. Dr. Beason is an orthopaedic surgery resident at Southern Illinois University. He completed a research internship focused on simulation and surgical education at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL, and developed an interdisciplinary, team-training, simulation-based curriculum for surgical residents, operating room staff, and anesthesia providers. He has twice been designated as the Commitment to Teaching Honoree by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Beason’s introduction to the College and the ACS AEI program came by way of attending the Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress and the Postgraduate Course. The Committee looks forward to the unique perspective that he brings.

The Technologies and Simulation Committee is also seeking additional members. The Committee endeavors to:

  • Support translation of educational requirements defined by clinical educators to design specifications required by development teams

  • Drive the functional alignment between simulation-based metrics and performance assessment in the clinical environment

  • Represent the surgical community within the greater health care simulation community for evolving data standards

  • Create data models to integrate technical and non-technical skills training in the context of interprofessional training

For more information about the Technologies and Simulation Committee’s activities or to nominate an individual for membership, please contact Co-Chairs Deborah M. Rooney, PhD (, and Glenn E. Talboy, MD, FACS (; Vice-Chair David M. Hananel, BS, BA (; or ACS Liaison, Gyusung Lee, PhD (

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