Register now to participate in 2020 annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the 13th annual Surgical Simulation Summit March 12–14 at the Swissôtel Chicago, IL. More than 300 people are expected to participate in the summit, which brings together surgeons and simulation center directors, educators, administrators, engineers, and researchers to share best practices, present innovative research, and discuss the latest advances in simulation-based surgical education and training. Registration for the 2020 Summit is now open.

The Surgical Simulation Summit begins Thursday, March 12, with a Keynote Address by Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS, chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, on the value proposition of simulation-based surgical education. A special panel will complement the keynote address with the following panelists offering their perspectives as distinguished university deans:

  • Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), incoming dean, George Washington University, Washington, DC; former director of Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education, TX; and ACS Past-President
  • Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), dean and chief academic officer, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, and ACS Regent
  • K. Craig Kent, MD, FACS, incoming executive vice-president of health affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and former dean, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus

On Friday, March 13, the ACS is partnering with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to explore the unique surgeon-anesthesiologist relationship and explain how simulation-based training can be used to improve team dynamics and patient care.

Panel sessions, scientific paper presentations, posters, and interactive workshops also are planned for the meeting. Concurrent sessions, including a special track for simulation center personnel, will be offered so attendees can maximize their meeting experience. Attendees can mingle with colleagues during a networking reception on Friday evening. The meeting concludes March 14.

For more information about the Summit, contact Cathy Sormalis, Manager, Accredited Education Institutes Program, at or at 312-202-5535.

Surgeons and engineers event

Those attendees who are interested in a novel forum for the exchange of challenges and potentially applicable technologies between surgeons, surgical educators, engineers, and scientists are encouraged to register for Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation, March 11 at the Swissôtel. For details, visit the ACS website.

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