In December the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety (CHSPS) was awarded accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes program.
“We are thrilled” said Dr. Ellen Brock, Medical Director of the CHSPS. “This represents 5+ years of working together with the Department of Surgery to consolidate our education programs and focus on quality simulation based education.”
Dr. Patricia Lange, Pediatric Surgeon and CHSPS Assistant Director for Surgical Simulation, concurs. “Being named an Accredited Education Institute by the American College of surgeons is a great honor and is in-line with our department's strong commitment to education of students, residents and faculty. This accreditation will allow us to better collaborate with other institutions to develop new and innovative programs that will enhance residents' surgical skills, OR team dynamics, patient quality and safety as well as educational research.”
The accreditation represents external validation of the quality of work at CHSPS – including a disciplined approach to curriculum design and implementation, assessment of learning outcomes and educational effectiveness, and ongoing quality improvement. Equally important are the benefits of networking with educators and researchers from the other AEI’s and the opportunities to collaborate in curriculum design, evaluation, and development of technologies for teaching.
The accreditation process requires demonstration of the quality of education and infrastructure processes in a number of areas including:
- how the center approaches education in the 4 domains of cognitive, psychomotor, affective, and team skills
- training that promotes effective communication, inter-professional interactions, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement,and systems-based practice
- the process for developing and implementing original curricula within the CHSPS
- a process for evaluating and selecting adopted curricula
- how faculty are recruited and trained as simulation educators
- processes and mechanisms for assessing learner performance and outcomes
- process for assessment of faculty
- processes for continuous improvement in the education and training programs
- the adequacy of the CHSPS’s physical facility, technology infrastructure, staff and equipment for meeting the educational needs at the UME, GME CME and inter-professional team levels
- integrity of the budgetary processes and organizational commitment to sustaining the CHSPS
Accreditation is awarded on a three year cycle.
“Ultimately, we are all about education that improves the care and safety of our patients” said Dr. Brock. “We have a very supportive administration, great and enthusiastic faculty and a wonderful staff. And many, many people worked together to create a Center worthy of this designation. They can all be proud of this achievement.”