Fundamentals of Assessment for Surgical Faculty

Welcome to the ACS/APDS/ASE Fundamentals of Assessment for Surgical Faculty: Laparoscopy Technical Skills Pilot! The objective of this self-paced, interactive Module is to introduce concepts and tools for assessment, review the principles of providing good assessment and feedback, and consider how you can give depth and detail to your assessment.

Part One of the Module, Didactics, consists of three videos, Introduction to Assessment, Assessment Tools: OSATS & Zwisch/SIMPL, and Narrative Feedback, as well as an Introduction to Assessment quiz. You may bypass the Introduction to Assessment video, moving directly to Assessment Tools: OSATS & Zwisch/SIMPL, by following the instructions on the next screen.

Part Two of the Module, Frame of Reference Training, moves you through three videos, each including the performance of a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. You will have the opportunity practice and apply your assessment skills to the three cases.

Part Three of the Module, Assessment Practicum, asks you to apply the skills you have learned through evaluation of the performance of five Residents. You will rate these performances using the OSATS domains, selecting appropriate narrative comments, and giving an overall level of attending involvement rating using Zwisch. You will need to answer each assessment question before moving on to the next assessment.

Target Audience

  • Practicing Surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

By participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define terms associated with assessment and feedback
  • Apply the principles of providing good assessment and feedback
  • Use common assessment tools effectively
  • Utilize strategies to incorporate assessment into everyday practice



  • If you have any questions about the course, please contact Rachel Williams Newman at
  • For any technical questions, please contact us at
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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 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 and Moderator Disclosures

  • Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS -Nothing to disclose
  • Susan Steinemann, MD, FACS -Nothing to disclose
  • James R. Korndorffer Jr., MD, MHPE, FACS -Nothing to disclose
  • James Rucinski, MD, FACS -Nothing to disclose
  • Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE -Nothing to disclose
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