2022 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Meeting

Welcome to the virtual 2022 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit (The 15th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes). While we regretted not being able to meet in-person in Chicago this year, we valued the opportunity to virtually bring together members of the surgical simulation community to discuss the latest advances in simulation-based surgical education and training, share best practices, and define new strategic directions. Download the Summit program.

On-demand recorded content, credit claiming, and certificates for the Summit are available here. 

Under the superb leadership of Deborah Rooney, PhD and Alexander Perez, MD, FACS, the Program Committee selected 12 cutting-edge scientific papers and 21 posters. We invite you to view the recordings of the Papers Sessions here. Additionally, the posters are available to view in the virtual poster hall. Please note, posters are not eligible for CME credit.

Back by popular demand is the “Innovations in Simulation-Based Education” session, which includes five abstracts submitted as works-in-progress presented in a “Shark-Tank” format to encourage interaction and collaboration.  As in years past, Fellows from AEI-accredited Simulation Education Fellowships presented their ongoing research in “AEI Fellows: Future Leaders in Simulation-Based Education.”

We were excited to bring back the special track designed for simulation center personnel who are an integral part of our community and have unique educational needs. The Management, Operations, Research and Education (MORE) Track explored two topics – different types of surgical curricula and data management solutions – in an interactive format. All participants will benefit from this track and are encouraged to view these sessions.

Building on the success of last year, we were pleased to partner again with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to bring you a collaborative ACS/ASA session. Kevin Weiss, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Institutional Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), delivered the Keynote Address on, “Enhancing Clinical Learning Environments and Interprofessional Practice to Improve Operative and Procedural Patient Care.”  This was followed by recommendations on how to strengthen the collaboration between surgeons and anesthesiologists in operating room settings, to provide safe and high-quality care to patients.  Recommendations specifically focused on the use of simulation in training surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical teams, and defined opportunities for ACS and ASA to work together to enhance patient safety.

On behalf of the ACS-AEI Program Committee and the Division of Education staff, we would like to thank you for viewing the virtual Summit presentations and look forward to seeing you in-person at next year’s Summit in Chicago on Thursday, March 2–Saturday, March 4, 2023.

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 provided 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: 
  • 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.50 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

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 “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

Mark Aeder - Nothing to Disclose                
Stas Amato - Nothing to Disclose                
Allie Anderson - Nothing to Disclose                
Roi Anteby - Nothing to Disclose                    
Nicholas Anton - Nothing to Disclose                    
Sarah Benammi - Nothing to Disclose                    
Mia Benavidez - Nothing to Disclose                
Crystal Bencken    - Nothing to Disclose                
Nicholas (Zach) Budesa - Nothing to Disclose                    
Melissa Cappaert - Nothing to Disclose                    
Susan Carter - Nothing to Disclose                    
Julie Clanahan - Nothing to Disclose                
Lisa Clemens - Nothing to Disclose                
Jeffrey Cooper - Boston Children's Hospital: Consultant Compensation 
Alexa Cotter - Nothing to Disclose                
Julie Cox - Nothing to Disclose                
Antonio Cubisino - Nothing to Disclose                
Megan Davic - Nothing to Disclose                
Haydee del Calvo - Nothing to Disclose                
Dom Doster - Nothing to Disclose                
Gary Duncan - Nothing to Disclose                
Hugo Enrique Estrada - Nothing to Disclose        
Gladys Fernandez - Nothing to Disclose         
Aimee Gardner - SurgWise: Consulting Ownership
Evan Geller - Nothing to Disclose                 
Neal Getty - Nothing to Disclose                
Jessica Gonzalez-Vargas - Nothing to Disclose                
John Christopher Graybill - Nothing to Disclose                
Anya Greenberg - Nothing to Disclose                
Steven Grosser - Nothing to Disclose                
Amy Han - Nothing to Disclose                
Britta Han - Nothing to Disclose                
Joshua Harkins - Nothing to Disclose                
Cortney Hartman - Nothing to Disclose            
Julie Hartman - Nothing to Disclose                
Daniel Hashimoto - Johnson and Johnson Institute, Verily Life Sciences and Activ Surgical; Consultant Compensation
Lindsay Haskett - Nothing to Disclose                
Cassandra Hickey - Nothing to Disclose                
Kathryn Howard - Nothing to Disclose                
Emily Huang - Nothing to Disclose                
Rachel Jensen - Nothing to Disclose                
Nicholas Jonas - Nothing to Disclose                
Mohammad Karimzada - Nothing to Disclose                
LaDonna Kearse - Nothing to Disclose                
Nicole Kissane-Lee - Nothing to Disclose                
Melinda Klar - Nothing to Disclose                
Banu Kose - Nothing to Disclose            
James Lau - Nothing to Disclose        
Robert Lim -Up ToDate, Inc; Medtronic, Inc. and Boston Scientific: Consulting; Honorarium 
Luis Llerena - Nothing to Disclose                    
Steven Long - Nothing to Disclose                    
Ana Lourido - Nothing to Disclose                    
Sarah Lund - Nothing to Disclose                    
Joshua Matthews - Nothing to Disclose                    
Katherine McKendy - Nothing to Disclose                    
Sharon Muret-Wagstaff - Nothing to Disclose                    
Madhuri Nagaraj - Nothing to Disclose                    
Mayur Narayan - Nothing to Disclose                    
Cate Nicholas - Nothing to Disclose                    
Joe Nigh - Nothing to Disclose                    
Carla Pugh - Medical Teaching Systems; !O Newtons, Inc; PrecisionOS; Intuitive Foundation; and Medical Examination Teaching Systems, Founder; Consultant/Advisor and Patent Holder Ownership; Compensation and Patent Holder
Andrew Rabley - Nothing to Disclose                
Fatemeh Rashidi Fathabadi - Nothing to Disclose                
Robert Rege - Nothing to Disclose                
Emily Rivet - Nothing to Disclose                
Amelia Rogers Collings - Nothing to Disclose                
Robert Rush - Nothing to Disclose            
C. Yoonhee Ryder - Nothing to Disclose            
Ajit K. Sachdeva - Nothing to Disclose                
Lisa Satterthwaite - Nothing to Disclose                
Xhesika Shanja-Grabarz - Nothing to Disclose                
Megan Sherman - Nothing to Disclose                
Robert Sinyard - Nothing to Disclose                
Mark Solinski - Nothing to Disclose                
Randolph Steadman - Nothing to Disclose                
Dimitrios Stefanidis - Beckton Dickerson; Research funds to the institution
Shannon Sturgeon - Nothing to Disclose                
Robert Sweet - SIMAGINE; Patent Owner/Consultant/Advisory Board Ownership 
Dawn Swiderski - Nothing to Disclose                
Matthew Tadlock - Nothing to Disclose                
Dong-Kha Tran - Nothing to Disclose                
Haroula Tzamaras - Nothing to Disclose                
Jose Velasco - Nothing to Disclose                
Kevin Weiss - Nothing to Disclose                
Gordon Wisbach - Nothing to Disclose            

Program Committee Disclosures

Amanda Burden - Nothing to Disclose                
Jeffrey Cooper - Boston Children's Hospital; Consultant to a research project, Compensation 
Sally Fortner -  American Society of Anesthesiologists; Boston Children's Hospital: Consultant to a research project, SEB Honorarium, Compensation 
Steven Houg - Nothing to Disclose                
Amy Johnson - Nothing to Disclose                
Kathy Johnson - Nothing to Disclose                
Rebecca Minehart - Nothing to Disclose                
Eric Nelson - Nothing to Disclose                
Alexander Perez - Nothing to Disclose                
Deborah Rooney - Arbor Simulation, LLC, Founding partner with vested interest
Ajit K. Sachdeva - Nothing to Disclose                
Cathy Sormalis - Nothing to Disclose                
Randolph Steadman - 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 10.50 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 10.50 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 2022 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 3 -4 and/or by watching the recordings of the sessions afterwards. Recordings will be available to watch on-demand March 14 – May 16, 2022.

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 May 16, 2022. 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

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