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FLS: Celebrating a decade of innovation in surgical education(Comments Off)

November 1, 2014

The story behind the creation of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program and its impact on general surgery practice and training are described in this article, which commemorates the program’s 10th anniversary.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents debate whether to reform or revolutionize surgical training

The topic for this year’s 2014 Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) symposium competition was the Five-Year General Surgery Residency: Reform vs. Revolution. The following are the first and second place essays submitted from both sides of the debate.

First-place essay—revolution: Surgical training: Time for a revolution

Competency should be measured not by demonstrating recall of management algorithms, argues the author of this essay, but rather by the ability to adapt to evolving recommended practices and technology.

Second-place essay—revolution: Five-year general surgery residency: Reform or revolution?

Simulation training and a standardized curriculum during the first two years of surgical residency will enhance the surgical training process, according to the author of this essay.

First-place essay—reform: Reformation of current surgical residency and fellowship training is the best solution

The evolution of surgical training cannot occur with restructuring fellowship programs, notes the author of this essay. Rather, the ideal training model should be anchored by a core surgical residency program modeled after the first three years of the current training paradigm.


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