SESAP® 17 takes excellence and expertise to another level

The newest edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) is being unveiled this week at Clinical Congress 2019. The new edition is available at the SESAP exhibit in ACS Central, Moscone Center South, Halls ABC, and in the Moscone South Upper Lobby.

SESAP is a premier educational resource for practicing surgeons, and this most recent edition provides the highest-quality, peer-reviewed content for which SESAP is revered. With SESAP 17, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education continues the pursuit of excellence with an innovative educational model to reinforce learning and promote mastery of content. “SESAP 17 includes many special features to promote excellence and expertise that are being offered for the first time. These exciting changes will make the innovative self-assessment and guided cognitive skills education model of SESAP even more effective,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director, ACS Division of Education.

Many features have been added to further enhance the educational and clinical relevance of SESAP 17. Education Credits of Excellence are being offered for the first time, and SESAP content is available by category. Subscribers may purchase all 13 categories or select those categories most relevant to their learning needs. Learners can move among multiple categories without completing all the items, and content can be highlighted and saved with personal notes for future reference. Enhanced search functionality provides focused, relevant results. Other new features include peer comparisons and flashcards.

The most innovative addition to SESAP 17 will be released in 2020. SESAP 17 Advanced will feature additional in-depth content for surgeons seeking more knowledge in specific areas. Modules in abdomen and alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, surgical critical care, and trauma will address clinical problems and areas of greater complexity that may be ambiguous or still evolving. The advanced modules will build on content in SESAP 17 and provide further depth in specialized areas. SESAP 17 Advanced will be featured at a Panel Session, 8:00−9:30 am Tuesday, Moscone Center West, 2002−2004.

As John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, SESAP 17 Program Director, said, “As a self-assessment tool for surgeons, SESAP has stood the test of time; yet, SESAP 17 promises exciting changes to facilitate its use for lifelong learning and as a reference source for the individual needs of surgeons.”

In tandem with all of the new features, this edition features 650 newly constructed multiple-choice questions in 13 major areas of general surgery, including abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, head and neck, legal/ethics, oncology, perioperative care, problems in related specialties, skin/soft tissue, surgical critical care, trauma, and vascular. A total of 53 surgeon authors contributed to this portion of the program using a rigorous peer-review process to provide concise critiques that offer evidence-based explanations of all the answer choices, as well as supporting references from the literature. Participants can earn up to 109 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.