For Immediate Release
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University of Minnesota SimPORTAL Earns National Accreditation as One of the First Fellowship Programs of the American College of Surgeons’ Consortium of Accredited Education Institutes
Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 16, 2014)
The University of Minnesota SimPORTAL Fellowship Program has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes (AEI). An ACS-AEI accredited Fellowship Program aims to improve the quality of surgical care by developing future leaders and scholars in the area of surgical education, simulation and training. The overall goals of the ACS -AEI Fellowship Program are to ensure that Fellows possess the requisite knowledge and skills to serve as local and national resources in the field of simulation-based surgical education and training, develop surgeons with a thorough understanding and knowledge in education theory in simulation and practice, train Fellows to serve as future leaders of simulation centers and to run an accredited Education Institute, enable Fellows through the use of their own resources to enhance the efficacy of their own programs, and ensure Fellows are trained in developing and implementing major research development projects.
The Fellowship Program of the Consortium of ACS-AEIs is a voluntary peer-review process. The Fellowship Review Committee performs an initial assessment of the program’s ability to demonstrate compliance with thirty-one Criteria in six Standards related to Curriculum, Assessment, Operations, Resources, Governance, and Advancement of the Field. A formal recommendation is then made to the Accreditation Review Committee and is voted on by the committee, at which time a decision is made whether to grant a three-year accreditation. To be eligible, an institute must be an accredited AEI in good standing or currently seeking AEI accreditation.
Established by the American College of Surgeons’ Division of Education, the AEI Consortium formed the Fellowship Program in 2012. After accrediting its first programs in December 2013, there are currently 4 accredited AEI Fellowship Programs.
For more information on becoming an AEI (simulation center) or accrediting your Fellowship Program, contact Cathy Wojcik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the American College of Surgeons
The ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The ACS has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.