Simulation Committee

Chair – Gary Dunnington, M.D.

SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL


  • Karen Horvath, M.D., University of Washington, Seattle
  • Mary Klingensmith, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
  • James Valentine, M.D., The University of Texas, SW Medical Center at Dallas
  • Richard Welling, M.D., Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Joseph Cofer, M.D., UT Department of Surgery, Chattanooga Unit

Charge to the Simulation Committee

  • To construct a national curriculum for the teaching and mastery of surgical skills.
  • Curriculum should be robust enough to meet the requirements of the RRC for surgery and should be affordable and readily exportable to all accredited surgical residents.
  • Committee should be composed of those surgeons who are considered well experienced in surgical simulation and surgical skills labs and while current activity as surgical residency program director is desired it is not required.  It is hoped the members of this committee who are not currently active program directors will apply for associate membership in the APDS.
  • This committee should lead the way in the development of a simulation curriculum on a national basis.  If asked, the committee will collaborate with the American Board of Surgery, and with the American College of Surgeons in curricular efforts aimed at developing surgical skills.
  • This committee, when mature, will lead the way in designing national multi-center trials in the science of surgical simulation education.
  • This committee should work closely with the APDS Surgical Education Curriculum Committee in collaborate in the overall education mission.
  • The chairman of the committee shall serve at the pleasure of the president at the APDS, and appointment will be for a minimum of two years.