ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum - Hawassa University

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have developed a resource for medical school and clinical faculty entitled the ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum. This ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum, developed under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education, provides materials that use simulation and simulators to help medical students

  • Are offered structured, uniform, and consistent learning experiences

  • Acquire the essential surgical skills needed by all physicians

  • Build a solid foundation for further training

The simulation-based modules can be used to teach clinical skills ranging from taking a history and physical and signing out a patient to inserting a central venous line with ultrasound guidance. The topics are aligned based on the year during which they are most commonly taught.

Course Outline

Year 1 Modules

  • Module 1: Abdominal Exam
  • Module 2: Basic Vascular Exam
  • Module 3: Breast Exam
  • Module 4: Digital Rectal Exam
  • Module 5: Female Pelvic Exam
  • Module 6: Male Groin and Genital Exam
  • Module 7: Universal Precautions
  • Module 8: Venipuncture and Peripheral IV

Year 2 Modules

  • Module 1: Basic Airway Management
  • Module 2: Communication—History and Physical, and Case Presentation
  • Module 3: Foley Bladder Catheterization
  • Module 4: Intermediate Vascular Exam
  • Module 5: Nasogastric Tubes
  • Module 6: Sterile Technique—Gloving and Gowning
  • Module 7: Surgical Drains—Care and Removal

Year 3 Modules

  • Module 1: Arterial Puncture and Blood Gas
  • Module 2: Basic Knot Tying
  • Module 3: Basic Suturing
  • Module 4: Central Venous Line Insertion
  • Module 5: Communication—During Codes, and Safe and Effective Handoffs
  • Module 6: Intermediate Airway
  • Module 7: Intraosseous IV
  • Module 8: Local Anesthetics
  • Module 9: Paracentesis
  • Module 10: Thoracentesis

Target Audience

  • All medical students during their first three years of training.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will have mastery of a variety of surgical skills relevant to all physicians.


  • 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


Daniel B. Jones, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Kathleen R. Liscum, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose

Chief Editor

Robert D. Acton, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose

Assessment Editor

Connie C. Schmitz, PhD - Nothing to disclose


Linda Barney, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Patrice G. Blair, MPH - Nothing to disclose
Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Ellen S. Deutsch, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to disclose
Daniel J. Scott, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose


James G. Bittner IV, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Jeffrey G. Chipman, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Marc deMoya, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Russell Dumire, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Michael A. Edwards, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Gladys L. Fernandez, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
James Gregory, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Harsh Grewal, MD, FACS, FAAP - Nothing to disclose
Alan Harzman, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Leonard Hines, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Celeste Hollands, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Paul Huffstutter, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Ted James, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, MMEd, FACOG, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Haytham M. A. Kaafarani, MD, MPH - Nothing to disclose
Alan P. Ladd, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Jason S. Lees, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Grant G. Miller, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Erica L. Mitchell, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Ebondo Mpinga, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
David W. Page, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Barbara J. Pettitt, MD, FACS, FAAP - Nothing to disclose
Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
David E. Stein, MD, FACS, FASCRS - Nothing to disclose
Warren D. Widmann, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Brette Wilson, RN, MS - Nothing to disclose

Assessment Consultants

Adnan Alseidi, MD, EdM, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Julia Corcoran, MD, MHPE, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Marc A. deMoya, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Loretto Glynn, MD, FACS, FAAP - Nothing to disclose
Mary Catherine Santos, MD, MSEd, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Connie C. Schmitz, PhD - Nothing to disclose
Maura E. Sullivan, MSN, PhD - Nothing to disclose

ACS Division of Education Staff

Kim Echert, C-TAGME - Nothing to disclose
Tim Hotze - Nothing to disclose

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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