The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon EducatorsTM was developed under the auspices of the ACS Division of Education and formally launched at Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. Major strides have been made since its launch, and the Academy is pursuing a number of exciting new initiatives. Some of these efforts will be highlighted during a Special Session, 1:15−2:15 pm Monday, Moscone Center South, 303–304.
The mission of this unique Academy is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and implementation of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.
The aims of the Academy are:
To identify and recognize Master Surgeon Educators who have an established track record as nationally or internationally recognized surgeon educators or who have served as effective mentors of other leaders in surgery and have been successful in helping these individuals ascend to key leadership positions
To engage these Master Surgeon Educators in actively pursuing lofty goals in concert with the ACS Division of Education
The goals of the Academy are:
- To define megatrends in surgical education and training
- To steer monumental advances in the field of surgical education and training
- To foster major innovation in surgical education and training and promote effective collaboration
- To develop cutting-edge faculty development and recognition models
- To underscore the critical importance of surgical education and training in the changing milieu of health care
- To serve as an advisory group within the ACS Division of Education
Based on the criteria for induction into the Academy developed by the Academy’s Steering Committee, the initial cohort of Members and Associate Members was selected in July 2018 following stringent peer review. A total of 183 applications for Membership and Associate Membership were received, and 106 individuals were selected in these two categories. The initial group of Members and Associate Members was inducted October 3, 2018, at the historic John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago, IL. These inductees included 36 Members and 55 Associate Members from 33 states and the District of Columbia and seven nations outside the U.S. One Member came from as far away as Australia.
In the 2019 cycle, 98 surgeons applied for Membership and Associate Membership, and seven health care professionals applied for Affiliate Membership. The opportunity to apply for Affiliate Membership was offered for the first time this year. Following stringent peer review, the Steering Committee selected 79 individuals for membership in the following three categories: 37 Members, 37 Associate Members, and five Affiliate Members. Individuals selected in 2019 were invited to the Induction Ceremony on October 4 at the Murphy Auditorium. An exciting Scientific Program focusing on new technologies and artificial intelligence preceded the Induction Ceremony. All Members of the Academy were invited to participate in this seminal event.
Following the inaugural Induction Ceremony last year, the newly inducted Members and Associate Members were invited to submit suggestions regarding high-impact programs and projects that the Academy should pursue. A long list of items was submitted, and these were collated thematically and subsequently prioritized by the Steering Committee. The two initial areas of focus of the Academy are the use of new technologies and artificial intelligence in surgical practice and surgical education, and a publication of the Academy that will include peer-reviewed articles focusing on the latest advances in surgical education.
Monday’s Special Session will provide attendees with an update on activities of the Academy, and panelists will describe the impact of the Academy on their professional activities. Attendees will be invited to participate in the ensuing discussion.
The Special Session will be co-moderated by L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCSSA(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), and Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME. Speakers will include Brenessa M. Lindeman, MD, MEHP, FACS; Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS; and Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS.
Members of the Academy’s Steering Committee will be available to answer questions during and after the Special Session (see sidebar).
All Clinical Congress attendees are invited to attend this Special Session and to contribute to the future directions of the Academy.
ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Steering Committee
L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCSSA(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon)
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME
Sir Murray Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS
Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS, FRCSC
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon)