Highlights from the Mayo Clinic Postgraduate Course
Mayo culls an impressive program of leadership in the simulation community for two days at the PG Course
The 11th Annual American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS AEI) Postgraduate (PG) Course, September 14–15, 2018, was hosted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. This year’s theme was Novice to Expert: Let’s Get It Done! The presentations throughout the first day addressed how Mayo trains their various learner groups and, specifically, how they train them based on their level of knowledge and experience. The talks demonstrated Mayo’s continuum approach as it educates novices all the way through experts.
The meeting kicked off with a presentation by David Farley, MD, FACS, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Dr. Farley provided a fascinating look at how the Mayo Clinic came to be, but more importantly, described how those humble beginnings led to the creation of Mayo’s culture and values, which influence how staff should be trained to meet the goal of providing the best possible care to its patients.
The course presentations were designed to be brief and concise, and a considerable amount of time was allotted for personal interactions between the attendees and the invited speakers to dive more deeply into the content of the presentations. The talks were designed to build upon each other and to demonstrate the type of education and training health care professionals in a surgery-related discipline receive, regardless of whether they are along the continuum of practice at the Mayo Clinic.
The day ended with an exclusive visit and dinner at the Mayo Foundation House, which is typically only open to Mayo faculty and staff. Attendees explored the home and were awed by its charming character, which was only enhanced after receiving an overview of its 102-year-long history. All participants left feeling grateful for this unique opportunity to experience a piece of history while mingling and networking with each other.
On Saturday, attendees spent the day on-site at Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. The day began with presentations from Mayo Clinic simulation fellows, who discussed their research projects, candidly described their experiences, and shared their plans for the future. The audience enjoyed interacting with the young talent in the room, and it was truly inspiring to listen to the next generation of surgeons and educators. Afterward, attendees were treated to hands-on simulation activities and had the opportunity to work with low-cost models, 3D printing, online learning modules, and others. Everyone—staff, presenters, attendees, volunteers—debriefed during lunch to talk about highlights from the two days and brainstorm on how we can all work together to accomplish our goals as a Consortium and further the field of simulation-based training and education.
Staff would like to thank everyone at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center for their dedication to making the PG Course a success. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Farley for his leadership and support. Our sincere gratitude is also extended to all the presenters for delivering immensely motivating and timely content, inspiring all of us to break down silos and collaborate in the interests of our patients and our educational system.