Simulation-based summative assessments in surgery

Surgery. 2016 Sep;160(3):528-35. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2016.03.030. Epub 2016 May 17.


Background: The American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) Consortium aims to enhance patient safety and advance surgical education through the use of cutting-edge simulation-based training and assessment methods. The annual ACS-AEI Consortium meeting provides a forum to discuss the latest simulation-based training and assessment methods and includes special panel presentations on key topics.

Methods: During the 8th annual Consortium, there was a panel presentation on simulation-based summative assessments, during which experiences from across surgical disciplines were presented. The formal presentations were followed by a robust discussion between the conference attendees and the panelists.

Results: This report summarizes the panelists' presentations and their ensuing discussion with attendees.

Conclusion: The focus of this report is on the basis for and advances in simulation-based summative assessments, the current practices employed across various surgical disciplines, and future directions that may be pursued by the ACS-AEI Consortium.

MeSH terms

  • Educational Measurement*
  • Humans
  • Simulation Training*
  • Specialties, Surgical / education*