Introduction: Our simulation center, supported by four departments (Surgery, OB/GYN, Urology, and Anesthesiology), is accredited as a comprehensive Accredited Educational Institute (AEI) and is now expanding to accommodate all departments on campus. Methods: A 61-point questionnaire was administered to 44 stakeholders, representing all of UME and GME. Data were compared for AEI vs. non-AEI activities. Results: Responses were collected from all 44 groups (100% response rate). Overall, 43 simulation activities were hosted within the AEI and 40 were hosted by non-AEI stakeholders. AEI activities were more likely to be mandatory (93% vs. 75%, p = 0.02), have written learning objectives (79% vs 43%, p < 0.001), and use validated assessment metrics (33% vs. 13%, p = 0.03). Conclusion: These data suggest that the AEI courses are more robust in terms of structured learning and assessment compared to non-AEI courses. Campus-wide application of uniform quality standards is anticipated to require significant faculty, course, and program development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020


  • Accredited Educational Institute
  • Education
  • Integration
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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