ACS/APDS Phase 1 - Core Skills

ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 1 - Hawassa University

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) have updated the online curriculum designed to teach core surgical skills, through simulation, to surgical residents early in their training. This ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 1 was created under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education to teach these foundational skills in a modular fashion.  The curriculum provides:

  • High-quality instructional materials for learners
  • Clear, easy-to-use information for faculty and lab personnel about module set-up and learner assessment

The modules cover topics ranging from aseptic technique to skin flaps and grafts to arterial anastomosis. They are self-contained and can be used individually or sequentially to teach increasingly sophisticated technical skills. Each module contains:

  • Illustrated, self-paced instructions for the resident, including expert performance videos demonstrating most skills
  • Comprehensive instructions for lab personnel with instructions about setting up the simulation
  • Printable step-by-step instructions for the learner
  • An objective assessment instrument to measure skills acquisition, including recommended levels for proficiency

Course Outline

  • Module 1:  Asepsis and Instrument Identification
  • Module 2:  Knot Tying
  • Module 3:  Suturing
  • Module 4:  Wound Closure and Skin Flaps
  • Module 5:  Skin Grafts
  • Module 6:  Urethral Catheterization
  • Module 7:  Airway Management
  • Module 8:  Chest Tube Insertion
  • Module 9:  Central Line Insertion
  • Module 10:  Surgical Biopsy
  • Module 11:  Laparotomy Opening and Closure
  • Module 12:  Basic Laparoscopy Skills
  • Module 13:  Advanced Laparoscopy Skills
  • Module 14:  Hand-Sewn Bowel Anastomosis
  • Module 15:  Stapled Bowel Anastomosis
  • Module 16:  Arterial Anastomosis

Target Audience

  • Surgical residents, generally after the first year of training

Learning Objectives

  • The learner will be able to successfully perform a series of surgical skills generally taught early in training.


  • For assistance, comments, or questions, contact Krashina Hudson, Administrator, Resident and Medical Student Curricula,
  • If you have any technical questions, contact
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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 relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” 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 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.


Faculty and Disclosures

Current Co-Chairs

Gerard M. Doherty, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Helen M. MacRae, MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose

Past Co-Chairs

Debra A. DaRosa, PhD - Nothing to disclose
Gary L. Dunnington, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Helen M. MacRae, MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose

Authors and Contributors

Jennifer Bartlett, ST - Nothing to disclose
Mark Bowyer, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Andrew Camerato - Nothing to disclose
Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
R. J. Cusimano, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Gail Darling, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Sandra DeMontbrun, MD, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
Gerard M. Doherty, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Gary L. Dunnington, MD, FACS  - Nothing to disclose
Sanjeev Dutta, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
John Fortune, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Gerald M. Fried, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Amy Goldberg, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Kevin Grannan, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Adrian Harvey, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Imran Hassan, MBBS, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Karen D. Horvath, MD, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
C. Hutchison, MD, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
Michael Ivy, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Aaron R. Jensen, MD, MEd - Nothing to disclose
Shunne Leung - Nothing to disclose
Colleen Johnson Moore, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Brian J. Kaplan, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Janet Ketchum, CSFA  - Nothing to disclose
Matthew B. Klein, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Kenneth Lee, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Helen M. MacRae, MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
Matthew L. Mancini, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Robert B. McLafferty, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Timothy Pritts, MD, FACS- Nothing to disclose
Sidney B. Radomski, MD, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
David A. Rogers, MD, FACS, MHPE - Nothing to disclose
Oscar Ruiz, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Lisa Satterthwaite, RPN - Nothing to disclose
Daniel J. Scott, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Neal E. Seymour, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
David Steger - Nothing to disclose
R. James Valentine, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Jon P. Ver Halen, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Richard E. Welling, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Christopher D. Wohltmann, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose


Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH - Nothing to disclose
Kim Echert - Nothing to disclose
Tim Hotze, MA - Nothing to disclose
Krashina Hudson - Nothing to disclose

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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