ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum - Phase 3

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).

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum—Phase 3: Team-Based Skills is designed to teach residents optimal team behavior through simulation. This modular curriculum covers 10 scenarios in which the surgeon must work with a team for a successful patient outcome, and includes topics ranging from patient handoffs to a variety of emergency surgical situations. The curriculum includes suggestions for developing and implementing successful simulated cases to teach and assess resident team skills.

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Learning Objective

Upon completion, the learner will be capable of working in teams to ensure successful patient outcomes across a vareity of topics.

Course Outline

  • Module 1:  Teamwork in the Trauma Bay
  • Module 2:  Postoperative Hypotension
  • Module 3:  Laparoscopic Crisis
  • Module 4:  The Preoperative Briefing
  • Module 5:  Laparoscopic Troubleshooting
  • Module 6:  Postoperative Pulmonary Embolus
  • Module 7:  Postoperative MI (Cardiogenic Shock)
  • Module 8:  Latex Allergy Anaphylaxis
  • Module 9:  Patient Handoff
  • Module 10:  Retained Sponge on Postop Chest X-Ray

Target Audience

Surgical residents


For assistance, comments, or questions, contact Krashina Hudson, Administrator, Resident and Medical Student Curricula,

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Limaris Barrios, MD, FACS
Natasha Bir, MD
Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS
Kelly Bullard, MD, FACS
Mitch Cohen, MD, FACS
Jeffrey Cooper, PhD
Rochelle Dicker, MD, FACS
Gary Dunnington, MD, FACS
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Gladys L. Fernandez, MD
David Gaba, MD
Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH
Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH, FACS
Steven Howard, MD
Daniel B. Jones, MD, FACS
Linda Khaw, MS
Michael J. Kim, MD
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, FACS
M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS
Thomas Krummel, MD, FACS
Steven Locke, MD
J.P. Lu, MD
Christine Martin, RN
Patti O’Connor, RN
Kinga Powers, MD, FACS
Daniel Raemer, PhD
Daniel J. Scott, MD, FACS
Neal E. Seymour, MD, FACS
Carl J. Shapiro
Robert Simon, EdD
Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS
Jennifer Wan, MD
Toni B. Walzer, MD
Reed G. Williams, PhD

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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