Accredited Education

Accredited Education

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery Center of Excellence in Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery (Center) met the stringent Standards and Criteria of the American College of Surgeons’ Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes; and as a result in July 2011, was awarded re-accreditation as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute for a term of three years. The Center is among 62 other facilities across the United States, Canada and other countries to receive this accreditation.

The aim of the American College of Surgeons’ Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes is to identify, develop, and promote standards for quality education. One of the program goals is to create a network of accredited education institutes across the country to assist surgeons, residents, medical students, and other members of the surgical team in achieving the requisite knowledge and skills in order to provide optimal care to surgery patients. A Consortium of American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) was also established; and in 2010, four work groups were formed to specifically address: validation and transfer of surgical skills, use of nonsurgeons as faculty, use of simulation to screen and select surgery residents, and long-term follow-up of learners.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) accreditation process requests information on three Standards: Learners, Curriculum and Technical Support, and Resources, which combined contain 20 specific criteria. The ACS Accreditation Review Committee’s Decision Summary for re-accreditation lists several strengths: procedural skills, CME courses, hands on animate education; one-on-one month-long intern rotation; and return visits for residents.

The mission of the Center is to promote the highest level of education and training of medical professionals via the most technologically advanced methods. The Center is used by multiple departments within the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to educate and train the Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) residents. The Department of Surgery has a unique One Month Technical Skills rotation for 6 First-Year Surgery residents and 3 First-Year Urology residents. Additionally, for the 2011-2012 academic year, a One Week Technical Skills Rotation was implemented for the Second-, Third-, Fourth- and Fifth-Year (Chief) Surgery residents. During this rotation after an initial assessment, residents practice laparoscopic and open surgery skills in addition to learning new procedures. This new, one week rotation enables the residency program to follow up on an individual resident’s training needs throughout their residency tenure and will ultimately provide data for an important aspect of accreditation— long term follow-up of learners.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology education and training curriculum for the JMH Ob/Gyn residents also uses the Center’s unique facilities and includes weekly lectures and semimonthly hands on simulation sessions at the Center. Education and training labs are also held for JMH residents in Urology; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Orthopedic Surgery; and Neurological Surgery; and for the University of Miami Medical students. Community-based nurses, allied health personnel, residents, and surgeons also attend education and technical skills training at the Center.