Site Reviewer Training Course: Children's Surgery Verification Program


The Children's Surgery Verification Program Site Reviewer Training course is intended to equip Site Reviewers with the tools and knowledge needed to evaluate sites' compliance with the Children's Surgery Verification (CSV) Program's standards.

The course includes nine modules:

  • Welcome to ACS: an introduction to ACS and the ACS Quality Programs
  • Overview of the Children's Surgery Verification Program: an introduction to the Children's Surgery Verification Program
  • Site Reviewers and Site Visits: a comprehensive overview of the Reviewer role
  • Program Standards: an overview of the standard domains, their outcomes, and common deficiencies
  • Operations: a review of the nuts and bolts of how the Quality programs operate
  • The Quality Portal: a review of the Site Reviewer-specific elements in the Quality Portal (QPort)
  • Preparing for the Site Visit: an overview of scheduling and other pre-site visit responsibilities
  • Conducting the Site Visit: a detailed walk-through of each component of the site visit
  • Following Up Post-Site Visit: an overview of what to expect following a site visit

Target Audience

The Site Reviewer Training Course: Children's Surgery Verification Program is intended for CSV Site Reviewers at the American College of Surgeons.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how the American College of Surgeons has been striving towards continuous quality improvement.
  • Explain how your Quality Program strives towards its mission.
  • Explain the role of effective Site Reviewers in the ACS Quality Programs.
  • Interpret the program's standards accurately and consistently.
  • Explain the operations of the site visit process, including required documentation, scheduling, and payment.
  • Identify the location of key information in the ACS Quality Portal.
  • Explain how to effectively prepare for a site visit.
  • Explain how to conduct an effective site visit.
  • Explain how to effectively complete the post-site visit documentation.
  • Explain how site visit outcomes are determined.

Required Hardware/Software

Compatible Browsers 

  • Windows: Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version) 
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version) 

Required Browser Settings 

  • Javascript: JavaScript must be enabled for published courses to work. 
  • Font Downloads: Font downloads must be enabled to see the correct fonts and characters

Additional Software 

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Microsoft Office® Excel and Word 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

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.

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. 

Planning Committee / Editorial Committee 

Catherine Grant  (Nothing to disclose)

Samantha McArdle (Nothing to disclose)

Colleen Fleming (Nothing to disclose)

Emily Hoffman (Nothing to disclose)

Karen Pollitt  (Nothing to disclose)

Erica McNamara  (Nothing to disclose)

Pete Vega  (Nothing to disclose)

Mary Bohannon (Nothing to disclose)

Emily Jones (Nothing to disclose)

Jennifer LaPierre  (Nothing to disclose)

Mary E. Fallat, MD (Nothing to disclose)

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American College of Surgeons and ACGME Logos

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME and Self-Assessment requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Course Completion

ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE EVALUATION in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. The course evaluation will appear once you take and complete this course. The following requirements will need to be completed:

  • Review all course materials
  • Course evaluation

Participants may only claim a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Certificate of Completion
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