2021 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Meeting

The 2021 ACS Annual Surgical Simulation Summit

The virtual Annual Meeting of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes organized by the ACS Division of Education, will take place on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12. The meeting will be entirely live, not prerecorded, using Zoom as the digital platform. The keynote address, “Leading When Everyone is Watching” will be delivered by Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Dean of the Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine. Paper sessions, panel sessions, posters, and Management, Operations, Research and Education (MORE) programming will also be offered.

New this year is a joint session with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to discuss the value of receiving education and training at a simulation center, featuring perspectives from surgeons and anesthesiologists. The interactive session will include a series of short presentations, along with virtual breakout group exercises, to discuss how different specialties and professions utilize simulation for training and how we can work together to show the value of our simulation centers during a future crisis.

Each session will offer the opportunity for members of the ACS-AEI Consortium and leaders from the field of simulation-based surgical education to connect, engage in productive discussions and benefit from the collective wisdom and expertise of the group.

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
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Disclosure Information

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 an “ineligible company”, 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

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 a commercial interest 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 and Moderator Disclosures

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Program Committee Disclosures

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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 May 17, 2021.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE EVALUATION in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. The course evaluation will appear once you take and complete this course. Claims for CME/Certificates of Completion are due no later than 11:59 pm CT on May 17, 2021. The course evaluation will close at this time.

For ACS Members: Certificates will be available on MyCME 1–2 weeks following the close of credit claiming.

For Non-ACS Members: Certificates will be e-mailed to you 3 – 4 weeks following the close of credit claiming.

Available Credit

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