Under the leadership of Drs. Alicia Mohr and Eric Toschlog, the Acute Care Surgery Program Directors Committee has been extremely successful. Drs. Burlew, Mohr and Mowery have been working with SAGES and AAST to have a dedicated pre-session on advanced endoscopy prior the AAST annual meeting. The committee is also working on a networking event with ACS Program Directors and board members at the annual meeting.
After review by the Acute Care Surgery Program Directors Committee, the current Acute Care Surgery fellow caselog system appears to be adequately capturing the breadth of operative cases that the fellows are performing. Programs are reviewing the data quarterly to ensure that the fellows are meeting program requirements. In addition, a subcommittee is evaluating a long term caselog system options that may be available in a web or app-based form.
In addition, the Program Directors Committee is working on developing a toolkit to help other programs prepare for site visits. Dr. Toschlog will be leading an effort to match members for a Program Directors mentor program. This will be an excellent addition to help new Program Directors in their role. Bridget Lindbloom has also launched an ACS Fellowship Program Coordinators bimonthly call to assist new Program Coordinators and streamline administrative processes.
The Program Directors Committee and the Acute Care Surgery Committee continue to work on expanding the educational content via creation of new ACS modules. Educational focus will be on revisiting past modules to update content and in revamping modules to be more case-based and interactive for learners. We will also be exploring the use of podcasts for the fellows. The Acute Care Surgery in-training exam is given to the fellows at the start and at the end of fellowship, to demonstrate learning trajectory and mastery. Updates to the exam are being modified to correlated with the educational content of the ACS modules.
Together with the Acute Care Surgery Committee, we will start looking to develop projects to build the Acute Care Surgery brand. We would like to thank all of the Acute Care Surgery Program Directors who have contributed their time and expertise to our profession. Many thanks to Sharon Gautschy and Bridget Lindbloom for their tireless support and guidance. The ACS Program Directors Committee anticipates another productive year.
- Alicia Mohr, MD
Chair, Acute Care Surgery Program Directors Committee
- Eric Toschlog, MD
Vice-Chair, Acute Care Surgery Program Directors Committee