ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 2 - Hawassa University

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) and includes three phases.

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 2: Advanced Procedures is designed to teach mid- to senior-level resident learners how to perform more complex procedures. This phase contains instructions for simulating 15 common surgical procedures, from laparoscopic appendectomy to hernia repair and colon resection.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Module 2: Open Colon Resection, Lap Right Colon Resection
  • Module 3: Laparoscopic Sigmoid Resection
  • Module 4: Open Right Colon Resection
  • Module 5: Laparoscopic/Open Bile Duct Exploration
  • Module 6: Laparoscopic Ventral/Incisional Hernia Repair (Porcine Model)
  • Module 7: Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Module 8: Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Module 9: Sentinel Node Biopsy & Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Module 10: Open Inguinal/Femoral Hernia Repair
  • Module 11: Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Module 12: Laparoscopic/Open Splenectomy
  • Module 13: Laparoscopic/Open Cholecystectomy
  • Module 14: Gastric Resection & Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Module 15: Parathyroidectomy/Thyroidectomy

Target Audience

  • Surgical residents, generally after the first year of training

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to successfully perform a series of more complex surgical procedures.


  • 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

Edward P. Dominguez, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Gary Dunnington, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Sanjeev Dutta, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Paul G. Gauger, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Karen D. Horvath, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Aaron R. Jensen, MD - Nothing to disclose
Michael S. Kavic, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Stephen M. Kavic, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Helen M. MacRae, MD, FRCSC, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Elizabeth Peralta, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Oscar R. Ruiz, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Daniel J. Scott, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Anthony Senagore, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Mark J. Watson, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Andrew S. Wright, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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