Association of Program Directors in Surgery Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:33:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tools of the Trade 2018 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:17:25 +0000 Read More]]> The APDS Board and the APDS Foundation are pleased to announce the third year of the APDS Tools of the Trade 2018 competition.


The intention of this annual Tools of the Trade competition is to challenge the APDS membership to create top notch curricula or assessments that all members of the APDS can use in the ever changing surgical training landscape in which we all live.  Each year one topic will be selected and announced to the membership through APDS list serve and at the annual meeting.  Abstracts on that topic will be accepted for consideration in the 2017 November APDS Call for Abstracts for presentation at the 2018 spring APDS meeting.  During the submission process the lead author will ask to signify that this abstract is submitted as a candidate for the Tools of the Trade competition.  Up to 5 of the top abstracts on the Tools of the Trade competition will be selected and presented during one session at the spring APDS meeting.  Each abstract will have an assigned invited discussant and the authors are responsible for getting a completed abstract to the Journal of Surgical Education before the APDS annual meeting.  There will be one winner of the competition and it will be announced at the business meeting.  The award for the top abstract will be $5,000.


Topic:   A reliable instrument to assess resident teaching (teaching of either technical and non-technical skills will be considered)

Deadline for submission:   During normal November “Call for Abstracts” for spring 2018 APDS meeting (Nov 2017 submission, spring 2018 presentation)

Selection Process:  The APDS program committee will be responsible for selecting up to 5 of the best abstracts identified by the authors as competing for the Tools of the Trade competition

Competition at Meeting:  a anonymous panel of judges will rate the abstract, manuscript, presentation and discussion. Final decision on winner approved by APDS Board.

Prize:  $5,000

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Applying to a Surgical Fellowship Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:34:55 +0000 Please click the article to view the video

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ACS Resources for Governors Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:21:43 +0000 The BoG Newsletter is published quarterly and contains news of relevance and interest to Governors, covering American College of Surgeons (ACS) news and events, special human interest stories, and Pillar updates.

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Video: 2016 APDS Sessions at ACS Clinical Congress Thu, 26 May 2016 19:16:53 +0000 Read More]]> The APDS presents two panels on key issues in surgery resident education. The first panel is titled: Confidence – getting comfortable with the state of being uncomfortable. The second panel is titled: The Role of the Program Director in Faculty Development. Panels include talks by expert speakers as well as a panel discussion.


Confidence – getting comfortable with the state of being uncomfortable (Video)

The Role of the Program Director in Faculty Development (Video)

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FEC Implementation Workshop Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:48:28 +0000 Please click the article to view the video.



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Silbergleit Award Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:51:48 +0000 Read More]]> The APDS introduced the Silbergleit Award at the annual meeting in Seattle.  The award is presented to APDS members for 25 years of continuous service as both a member of the APDS and Program Director. The inaugural award was presented to Dr. William J. Sharp, of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

The inaugural award was presented to Dr. William J. Sharp, of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Fellowship Start Date Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:31:13 +0000 Read More]]> Colleagues,

On behalf of the Fellowship Start Date Task Force chaired by Dan Vargo, I am pleased to share with you some exciting news.

For some time, the APDS has supported the concept of having the fellowship start moved back to August 1.  Our colleagues in Orthopedic Surgery have embraced the August 1 Fellowship start date for over 15 years.   The advantages to this would be several:  Chief Residents would be able to complete their contractual obligation to their training programs without the competing interest of travel and orientation at their new training programs.   Graduates would also be afforded time to devote to their preparation for the ABS QE prior to the start of their Fellowship.  In fact, in support of this initiative, the ABS recently announced the 2016 QE will be given on July 19.

There has been recent activity to suggest that this initiative is gaining momentum.  The Fellowship Council, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic, Transplant, Colorectal and Pediatric Surgery Fellowships have all given support to the change.  While inevitable, we anticipate this process to move steadily forward beginning in 2016.

There will be significant implications of this later fellowship start date to our general surgery graduates in terms of salary and health insurance coverage.  We are strongly recommending that you communicate these changes to your residents who are planning on taking fellowships for the 2016 cycle and beyond so that they may plan accordingly.



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CME Information Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:54:57 +0000 Contact the Association for Surgical Education at 310-215-1226 or email for information on the 2017 ACS CME.

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APDS Committees & Task Forces in Action Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:41:23 +0000 Current APDS members can access the APDS Committees and Task Forces in Action Reports by clicking on the APDS Committees & Task Forces in Action link under the “Quicklinks” section of the APDS website.

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Journal of Surgical Education Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:49:04 +0000 Current APDS members can access the “Journal of Surgical Education” by clicking on the JSE link under the “Quicklinks” section of the APDS website.

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