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New National Tutorial Seminars Available for Medical Students

July 22, 2020 8:14 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the education of medical students with the cancellation of many educational activities. In response, the American College of Surgeons Division of Education has initiated a series of online seminars based on a national core curriculum that was jointly developed by the ACS and the Association for Surgical Education. The series, directed by Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS, features 19 talks by faculty who are experts in various surgical specialties and in surgical education. These seminars review the foundational principles of surgery for students in their core clerkship regardless of their eventual career destination.

The program debuted July 6, and future sessions are scheduled for seven weeks, three evenings per week, through August 17. Recordings of these seminars are available on the National Tutorial Seminars for Medical Students webpage for on-demand viewing for those students unable to attend.

The benefits of this project are as follows:

  • Provide educational uniformity to students across multiple clerkship sites
  • Reduce the burden on individual institutions of providing such education
  • Allow students to concentrate during the day on clinical activities that were curtailed in the recent pandemic

To date, seven webinars have been offered. Evaluations from these sessions have been overwhelmingly positive, and an average of 132 individuals participated in the sessions.

Students are invited to register for these seminars. For the next several months, this program will be provided at no cost to students or medical schools.

We invite you to encourage your students to participate in this important national program.

For details, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at or Kim Echert at

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