2021 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Meeting

The 2021 ACS Annual Surgical Simulation Summit

The 2021 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit (the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes) was held virtually on March 11–12. The Program Committee for the Surgical Simulation Summit was chaired by Captain Gordon Wisbach, MD, FACS, surgical director, Bioskills and Simulation Training Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego; the Co-Chair was Deborah M. Rooney, PhD, director, education and research in simulation, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

Highlights of the event include the following:

  • The keynote address at the Surgical Simulation Summit was delivered by Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (Hon), DFSVS, chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health; dean, Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine; and ACS President-Elect. Dr. Freischlag’s presentation, “Leading When Everyone is Watching,” highlighted the successful endeavors of the Wake Forest Baptist Health System during the pandemic, emphasized the role of simulation and underscored the need for creativity to meet future challenges.  
  • Dr. Rooney chaired a presentation of innovations in simulation-based surgical education.
  • A Special Joint Session was held with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to address the unique value of simulation centers that are accredited by ACS or endorsed by ASA within the context of providing optimal patient care and optimal education to learners at all levels.
  • The Scientific Paper Presentation Sessions included 10 papers that were discussed by experts.
  • The ACS AEI Fellows presented their work that each Fellow had pursued over the course of their Fellowship.
  • Dr. Sachdeva chaired a Panel Session on Future Directions, and speakers included: Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS, FACS, professor, Harvard Medical School and vice-chair, department of surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; chief of the division of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery; and director, Carl J. Shapiro Simulation Center; Bao Nasri, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center; and Dr. Rooney.   
  • The MORE Track was moderated by Jesika S. Gavilanes, MA, Oregon Health and Science University, Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center. Speakers included Jeffrey D. Howells, MS, MBA, LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport; Megan Sherman, MAEDhD, WISH at the University of Washington; and Elena An, MS, HCA, Oregon Health and Science University, VirtuOHSU Simulation and Surgical Training Center.

The recorded sessions are available here to view on-demand. 

The next ACS Simulation Summit is scheduled to take place in-person at the Swissôtel in Chicago March 3–5, 2022.


Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Physicians (MD/DOs)
  • Residents
  • Allied health professionals
  • Educators
  • Simulation center directors, managers, technicians and staff

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve the simulation-based surgical education and training they provide to learners at their institutions
  • Implement innovative teaching techniques at their institutions
  • Discuss and apply the most recent research advancements in the field of simulation education
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 9.50 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speaker/Moderator/Discussants/Authors Disclosures

Rajesh Aggarwal - Applied Medical; Panda Health; Ellipsis Health; Billion To One; Consultant; Employee; Consultant; Consultant; Consulting Fees and Travel/Meals; Stock and Salary; Stock; Consulting Fees
Dimitrios Athanasiadis - Nothing to Disclose            
Francisca Belmar - Nothing to Disclose            
Crystal Bencken - Nothing to Disclose            
Darlene Bourgeois - Nothing to Disclose            
Melissa Cappaert - Nothing to Disclose            
Susan Carter - Nothing to Disclose            
Kyle Checchi - Nothing to Disclose            
Jennifer Choi - Nothing to Disclose            
Taylor Coe - Nothing to Disclose            
Jeffrey Cooper - Nothing to Disclose            
Joseph Crutcher - Nothing to Disclose            
Chalerm Eurboonyanum - Nothing to Disclose            
Gladys Fernandez - Nothing to Disclose            
Julie Freischlag - Nothing to Disclose            
Jesika Gavilanes - Nothing to Disclose            
Lacy Gee - Nothing to Disclose            
Augustus Gleason - Nothing to Disclose            
Ashley Hafer - Nothing to Disclose            
David Hampton - Nothing to Disclose            
Joel Patrick Harding - Nothing to Disclose            
Julie Hartman - Nothing to Disclose            
Jeffrey Howells - Nothing to Disclose            
Lauren Javernick - Nothing to Disclose            
Kristen Jogerst - Nothing to Disclose            
Kathleen Johnson - Nothing to Disclose            
Daniel Jones - Allurion; PatientSite; Advisory Board; Stock Options
LaDonna Kearse - Nothing to Disclose            
Nehal Khamis - Nothing to Disclose            
Melinda Klar - Nothing to Disclose            
John Lazar - Intuitive; Surgical; Research Grant
Gyusung Lee - Nothing to Disclose            
Farrah Leland - Nothing to Disclose            
Robert Lim - Nothing to Disclose            
Joseph Lin - Nothing to Disclose            
Brendan Lovasik - Nothing to Disclose            
Bosseau Murray - Nothing to Disclose            
Madhuri Nagaraj - Nothing to Disclose            
Boa-Ngoc Nasri - Nothing to Disclose            
Dmitry Nepomnayshy - Ergosuture, Microline; Consultant; consultant fees
Cate Nicholas - Nothing to Disclose            
Valerie Overholt - mind body pub; spouse: Howard Schubine    
Tamara Owens - Nothing to Disclose            
John Paige - SGEA; IAMSE; Oxford University Press; instrument development; teamwork measurement; book grant; grant; royalties
Lauren Poniatowski - Nothing to Disclose            
Carla Pugh - Medical Teaching Systems; 10 Newtons, Inc.; 10 Newtons Women's Wellness Foundation; Intuitive Surgical Foundation; PrecisionOS Founder; Founder; Founder; Consultant; Consultant    Personal financial investment; Personal Financial Investment; Personal Investment; Consulting Fee; Consulting Fee
Robert Rege - Nothing to Disclose            
Deborah Rooney - Nothing to Disclose            
Robert Rush - Nothing to Disclose            
Ajit K. Sachdeva - Nothing to Disclose            
Autumn Sacklow - Nothing to Disclose            
Elisabeth Sappenfield - Nothing to Disclose            
Lisa Satterthwaite - Nothing to Disclose            
Ingrid Schmiederer - Nothing to Disclose            
Lana Schumacher - Nothing to Disclose            
Megan Sherman - Nothing to Disclose            
Eilleen Smith - Nothing to Disclose            
Randolph Steadman - Nothing to Disclose            
Robert Sweet - SIMAGINE Patent Owner/Consultant/ Advisory Board Consultant and Advisory Compensation 
Dawn Swiderski - Nothing to Disclose            
Juan Tellez - Nothing to Disclose            
Faiz Tuma - Nothing to Disclose            
Daniel Vargo - Nothing to Disclose            
Taylor Williams - Nothing to Disclose            
Allison Williams - Nothing to Disclose            
Gordon Wisbach - Nothing to Disclose            
William Yi - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee Disclosures

Patrice Gabler Blair - Nothing to Disclose            
Amanda Burden - Nothing to Disclose            
Susan Carlson - Nothing to Disclose            
Jeffrey Cooper - Nothing to Disclose            
Sally Fortner - Nothing to Disclose            
Steven Houg - Nothing to Disclose            
Amy Johnson - Nothing to Disclose            
Kathy Johnson - Nothing to Disclose            
Gyusung Lee - Nothing to Disclose            
Deborah Rooney - Nothing to Disclose            
Ajit K. Sachdeva - Nothing to Disclose            
Elizabeth Sinz - American Heart Association; Science and Education; Consultant
Cathy Sormalis - Nothing to Disclose            
Randolph Steadman - Nothing to Disclose            
Gordon Wisbach - Nothing to Disclose

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this Other activity (hybrid format – live and enduring) for a maximum of 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 9.50 hours meet the requirements for Patient Safety.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.

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CME Credit Claiming Information

The 2021 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit will offer attendees continuing education credits for their participation in this activity. Physicians are eligible to claim CME Credits. Residents and Allied Health Professionals are not eligible to claim CME Credits and may instead request a Certificate of Completion. Certificates can be earned by participating in real-time on March 11-12 and/or by watching the recordings of the sessions afterwards. Recordings will be available to watch on-demand until June 7, 2021.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE EVALUATION before you are able to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. Claims for CME/Certificates of Completion are due no later than 11:59 pm CT on June 7, 2021. The course evaluation will close at that time.

For ACS Members: Certificates will be available on the MyCME member portal page.
For Non-ACS Members: Certificates will be available on the course credit page.

Available Credit

  • 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 9.50 Certificate of Completion
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