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April 27, 2018

The Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) and CaseNetwork Announce a Partnership to Strengthen Resident Education

Dayton, OH — Continuously changing medical practice, rapidly increasing medical literature and evidence, reduction in work hours for residents, more clinical responsibilities for faculty, and increasing reporting obligations mandated by the ACGME are posing significant educational challenges for Family Medicine residency programs. Every year it gets more difficult for Program Directors to properly prepare competent and compassionate residents to practice Family Medicine independently.

In order to meet these demands and advance resident education and training, the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) is partnering with CaseNetwork to promote “CoreCases for Family Medicine,” an online, interactive case-based curriculum that was developed specifically for today’s residents.  CoreCases teaches, measures and improves a resident’s proficiency in key knowledge areas and skills required for advancement during their training and at the same time assesses milestone achievement.

CoreCases for Family Medicine is a comprehensive curriculum consisting of 45 cases, or simulated patient encounters, that can be used independently by residents to augment educational activities in a specific rotation, ‘flipped classrooms’ and interactive discussions. The curriculum includes common disease states and conditions as well as less common conditions that may be difficult for programs to cover. Residents learn critical information to make correct diagnoses, order appropriate labs and diagnostic tests, and prescribe prudent management plans while receiving formative feedback from “Virtual Experts.” CoreCases for Family Medicine also provides objective and consistent assessment of competencies and milestones required for demonstrating resident proficiency at each stage of their learning process.  The reporting tool facilitates identification of weak areas so early and focused remediation can be applied.

“The Family Medicine Education Consortium is constantly working to help every Family Medicine physician achieve his/her fullest potential and that starts with our medical students and residents,” says Laurence Bauer, MSW, MED, CEO of FMEC. “We are excited to work with CaseNetwork to provide state-of-the art, case-based, and competency focused education for our Family Medicine residents.”

“As a former residency program director, I know how crucial it is that all residents master the requisite knowledge and skills to demonstrate proficiency for sound medical decision-making and optimal patient care in an ever-changing healthcare environment,” says Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork. “CoreCases is a significant educational advancement that engages residents and helps them learn faster, more efficiently and more conveniently. We are thrilled to work with FMEC on this important project.”

For more information visit www.casenetwork.com.

About FMEC

The Family Medicine Education Consortium, Inc. (FMEC) serves as a catalyst for connecting those interested in improving the health of the community by strengthening Family Medicine/primary care services and medical education.  The FMEC supports 60 medical school-based Departments of Family Medicine and 160 Family Medicine Residency programs in the northeast region of the U.S. and is a leading voice in the field of primary care.

It is FMEC’s fundamental belief that Family Medicine is critical to improving the health of the nation. To that end, FMEC supports innovative, peer-reviewed educational initiatives that provide residents and family physicians with the highest quality education possible.  For more information, visit www.fmec.net.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company delivering competency-focused, case-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s simulated patient encounters integrate evidence-based clinical information with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platforms include interactive decision making and peer-to-peer problem solving that is conveniently delivered in a browser or on a mobile device for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals advance their skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.casenetwork.com.

March 1, 2018

CaseNetwork Announces the Release of “CoreCases for Medical Students”

CaseNetwork is pleased to announce that CoreCases© is now offering a suite of fifteen (15) of its nationally recognized OB/GYN courses to Medical Schools throughout the U.S. These courses have been designed by renowned physician educators and peer reviewed by leading experts and will provide a valuable interactive enhancement to any medical school curriculum.

CaseNetwork is a pioneer in the development and implementation of on-line case-based medical education.  The CoreCases© for Ob-Gyn were developed in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) to advance education and training for Ob-Gyn residents and has been endorsed by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG).

“CoreCases© for Medical Students” provides interactive case-based education that teaches, tracks, assesses and reports on the progress of medical students.  It offers students an opportunity to learn from simulated patient encounters, make differential diagnoses, order appropriate labs and diagnostic tests, and create management plans.  The courses have been designed to meet today’s students learning styles, offering them an interactive learning experience with rich media content and formative feedback throughout the educational experience.  The courses can be used in conjunction with classroom learning or as a stand-alone component that augments classroom and clinical experience.  Faculty can view an individual student’s progress and group performance as a whole based on milestones established by ACGME.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company delivering competency-focused, case-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s simulated patient encounters integrate evidence-based clinical information with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platforms include interactive decision making and peer-to-peer problem solving that is conveniently delivered in a browser or on a mobile device for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals advance their skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.casenetwork.com.

March 18, 2017

CaseNetwork Announces the Release of a New Curriculum for Resident Education, “CoreCases for Internal Medicine” at AIMW

Consistent education, objective tracking, assessment and reporting of individual resident programs aligned with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Core Competencies and Milestones is a problem for all program directors.

With the changes in work hours for residents, the shifting landscape for care and increasing demands on faculty and staff, a more time-efficient and cost-effective method for educating residents and assessing competency is needed. CoreCases addresses that need and improves the educational experience for all internal medicine residents while supporting the current program curriculum.

To advance education and training, CaseNetwork will release “CoreCases for Internal Medicine” at the Academic Internal Medicine Week (AIMW) in Baltimore, MD on March 19-22, 2017, a curriculum that will measure and improve a resident’s proficiency in the key knowledge and skills required for advancement during their training.

CaseNetwork also introduced “CoreCases for Ob-Gyn,” in 2015 at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology/CREOG meeting, and released “CoreCases for Family Medicine” at the 2016 American Academy of Family Physicians conference.

With the changes in work hours for residents, the shifting landscape for care and increasing demands on faculty and staff, a more time-efficient and cost-effective method for educating residents and assessing competency is needed. CoreCases addresses that need and improves the educational experience for all internal medicine residents while supporting the current program curriculum.

“CoreCases for Internal Medicine” consists of 30 simulated patient encounters that cover all aspects of Internal medicine and enable specific and immediate training support and remediation. The program can be assigned by rotation and resident year and allows residency programs to transport traditional lecture-based learning into a more interactive and engaging process for teaching and learning.

“CaseNetwork is excited to provide case-based, competency-focused education that helps residents learn faster, more efficiently and more conveniently. Resident directors can now track the progress of residents and more accurately assess their readiness for promotion and independent practice,” says Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork. CoreCases is the first solution that tracks competencies and directly maps milestones to educational activities.”

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company delivering competency-focused, case-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s simulated patient encounters integrate evidence-based clinical information with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platforms include interactive decision making and peer-to-peer problem solving that is conveniently delivered in a browser or on a mobile device for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals advance their skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.casenetwork.com.

April 19, 2016

CaseNetwork Launches CoreCases for Family Medicine

CaseNetwork expands its CoreCases product line by launching CoreCases for Family Medicine. The new online curriculum consists of 36 primary care cases, or “simulated patient encounters.” Cases can be assigned based on PGY level, topic area or complexity. “CoreCases for Family Medicine provides a decision-oriented educational interface where residents can learn critical information, make a correct diagnosis and prescribe proper treatments. The curriculum includes familiar disease states and conditions as well as ones that are difficult for programs to cover,” explains Brian McDonough, MD, Chief Medical Officer of CaseNetwork.

CoreCases for Family Medicine contains a full complement of rich multi-media, including videos, diagrams, clinical images and medical illustrations to engage and encourage participation from all residents. Supplemental articles and resources are incorporated into each case making further study easy and efficient.

“CaseNetwork has had so much success with its CoreCases for Ob/Gyn that we decided to create a new family medicine curriculum that builds upon our educational techniques, advanced technology, and extensive experience. We are now able to provide resident directors with objective and consistent tracking, assessments and reporting of competencies and milestones required to demonstrate resident proficiency at each stage of their learning process,” says Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork. “The reporting tool allows for program directors to identify residents’ weak areas so early and focused remediation can be applied.”

For more information visit www.casenetwork.com.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company delivering competency-focused, case-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s simulated patient encounters integrate evidence-based clinical information with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platforms include collaborative social learning, peer-to-peer problem solving and interactive decision making that is conveniently delivered in a browser or on a mobile device for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals advance their skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.casenetwork.com and follow CaseNetwork on Twitter @CaseNetworkU.

February 3, 2015

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and CaseNetwork Announce a Partnership for Resident Education

Washington, DC — Consistent education, objective tracking, assessment and reporting of individual resident programs aligned with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Core Competencies and Milestones is a problem for all program directors.

To advance education and training, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is partnering with Case Network to develop “CoreCases for Ob-Gyn,” a curriculum that will measure and improve a resident’s proficiency in the key knowledge and skills required for advancement during their training.

CoreCases for Ob-Gyn consists of 48 simulated patient encounters – 12 for each year of residency training – that cover all aspects of Women’s Healthcare and enable specific and immediate training support and remediation. CoreCases for Ob-Gyn is self-paced and allows residency programs to transport traditional lecture-based learning into a more interactive and engaging process for teaching and learning.

“ACOG is excited to participate in the CoreCases for Ob-Gyn curriculum, which will help resident directors track the progress of residents and more accurately assesses their readiness for promotion and independent practice,” stated Sandra Carson, MD, Vice President for Education at ACOG. “It is an important part of ACOG’s mission to provide education and training to improve physician knowledge, communication and professionalism with the ultimate goal to enhance patient care and safety.”

With the changes in work hours for residents, the shifting landscape for care and increasing demands on faculty and staff, a more time-efficient and cost-effective method for educating residents and assessing competency is needed. CoreCases addresses that need and improves the educational experience for all ob-gyn residents while supporting the current program curriculum.

”CaseNetwork is excited to provide case-based, competency-focused education that helps residents learn faster, more efficiently and more conveniently,” says Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork. “CoreCases is the first solution that tracks competencies and directly maps milestones to educational activities. We are thrilled to work with ACOG on this important project.”

For more information visit www.casenetwork.com.

About ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company delivering competency-focused, case-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s simulated patient encounters integrate evidence-based clinical information with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platforms include collaborative social learning, peer-to-peer problem solving and interactive decision making that is conveniently delivered in a browser or on a mobile device for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals advance their skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.casenetwork.com and follow CaseNetwork on Twitter @CaseNetworkU.

August 13, 2014

NTOCC and CaseNetwork Partner to Offer CareCases Platform

Online Software Solution to Provide Competency-Based, Collaborative Care Training for Multi-Disciplinary Care Teams

The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) is pleased to announce a partnership with healthcare software provider, CaseNetwork, surrounding the CareCases platform, a web-based subscription service providing competency training on collaborative care for multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

With the wide variety of issues confronting patients and providers at every stage of patient care transition, this unique educational platform addresses the need for training in coordinated multi-disciplinary care across a variety of healthcare settings and features a robust curriculum that allows practitioners to learn team-based communication and activities as well as competency skills and best practices across a variety of health care settings.

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, NTOCC Executive Director, remarked, “NTOCC is excited about partnering with CaseNetwork and supporting an educational platform that will assist interdisciplinary teams to enhance their knowledge, skills and competencies in delivering collaborative care interventions to patients and caregivers. A frequently asked question of NTOCC is, ‘How do we build strong interdisciplinary teams that work together improving communication and coordination between providers, patients and family caregivers in transitions of care across the continuum?’ I believe that by working with CaseNetwork, we have started to provide an answer to that question.”

Along with the platform’s private, collaborative tools to improve team interaction, users are able to capably incorporate newly learned material into team-based care through the integration of “real world” scenarios and receive immediate feedback on critical skills throughout the training process. In addition, educators are able to track learners’ progress, measure achievement, and objectively demonstrate proficiency at several milestones in training. The entire program is accessed via any mobile device to support self-study and anytime learning.

“We are very pleased to work with NTOCC on developing CareCases and believe that the program will definitely help care teams understand their responsibilities and improve their collaboration to benefit patient care transitions and ensure proper patient care,” states Dr. Jeff Levy, CEO of CaseNetwork.

CareCases can be used by healthcare teams to train new team members, create a transitional care program, initiate a group discussion, or re-certify existing providers. The platform is a software as a service (SaaS) online offering, and NTOCC subscribers will be eligible to receive a discount. CareCases is expected to launch in late 2014; for product updates and launch notification, visit http://www.ntocc.org to become an NTOCC subscriber.

About the National Transition of Care Coalition

The National Transitions of Care Coalition is a 501(c)(4) dedicated to addressing a serious U.S. healthcare issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting. These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery, or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities. Working in conjunction with 450 Associate Member organizations and over 4,000 individual professional subscribers, NTOCC has developed tools and resources made available to everyone in the healthcare industry including providers, payors, patients and consumers. For more information, visit http://www.NTOCC.org and follow the Coalition on Twitter @NTOCC.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company focused on case-based and competency-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s innovative simulated patient encounters integrate the highest quality content in medicine with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platform also includes collaborative social learning and is delivered in a convenient fashion through mobile devices for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals increase their problem solving skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal to improve patient outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.casenetwork.com and follow CaseNetwork on Twitter @CaseNetworkU.

July 22, 2014

CaseNetwork Collaborates With Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) on Next Phase of Robotic Surgery Curriculum

Continuing with their long established partnership, CaseNetwork and the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) have begun the final step in the development of the FRS Robotic Surgery curriculum. The validation study is the result of a two year effort and, the most critical step in completing and vetting the educational program.

Over 80 robotic experts, medical educators, researchers, and psychomotor specialists met in a series of four consensus conferences facilitated by CaseNetwork’s CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Levy. The purpose of the meetings was to identify the skills and competencies necessary for robotic surgery, begin to develop the FRS curriculum and determine the criteria necessary to conduct a validation trial.

Following these consensus conferences, CaseNetwork was instrumental in the curriculum development process that highlighted the essential knowledge and skills necessary for robotic surgery. Included in this program are multimedia content, skill training and assessment tools, as well as pertinent knowledge critical to performing a successful robotic procedure. The program will be delivered using the CaseNetwork’s proprietary technology platform and will include other distinctive CaseNetwork components, including evaluation and assessment analytics and mobile device delivery.

Following a request for proposal sent to all of the American College of Surgeons Accredited Educational Institutes (ACS-AEI) members, a formal review committee, of which Dr. Levy was a member, reviewed and selected the participants. Dr. Levy stated, “Fifteen international institutions, with a reputation for robotic surgery excellence were chosen based on previous scholarly activity and an interest in enhancing the quality and safety of patient care through simulation-based education and training.”  (Press Release – Fifteen Institutions Selected to Participate in the Validation Study for Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery, July 9, 2014)

The validation study participants are scheduled to meet in Orlando, Florida for a two day train-the-trainer session on August 1-2, 2014. The program which will again be facilitated by Dr. Levy and run by CaseNetwork will cover important issues critical for the acceptance of the study, including didactic requirements, psychomotor challenges, team training and a diverse set of assessment tools needed for inter-rater reliability and consistency among all sites to guarantee the highest scientific rigor.

The validation program is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015 and the results will be compiled and published. At the conclusion of the validation study, it is anticipated that all of the surgical specialties will encourage their members to complete and pass the FRS curriculum prior to performing robotic surgery.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company focused on competency-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s innovative case-based curriculum integrates the highest quality content in medicine with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platform also includes collaborative social learning and is delivered in a convenient fashion through mobile devices for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals increase their problem solving skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal to improve patient outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.casenetwork.com.

April 4, 2014

National Transitions of Care Coalition Adds CaseNetwork as Partners Council Member

The National Transitions of Care Coalition, an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions throughout the healthcare system, is proud to announce the addition of a new member to its Partners Council. CaseNetwork, a technology-enhanced medical education company focused on competency-based education, is the latest member to be added to the rapidly expanding council.

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, NTOCC Executive Director, remarked, “We are pleased to welcome CaseNetwork to our Partners Council. By working closely with the industry-leading companies and thought leaders that make up this dynamic team, we are able to further advance critical initiatives and implement innovative solutions to manage transitions of care challenges.”

The Partners Council is a select group of industry partners representing various segments of health care and support industries, and brings together unique experiences, skill sets, products and solutions that allow NTOCC to further the mission of advancing solutions to challenges involving transitions of care. The Partners Council considers companies in the pharmaceutical, acute care delivery, managed care, retail pharmacy, medical device manufacturing, health care service and information technology sectors for membership.

Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork stated, “We are so pleased to be a part of the NTOCC Partners Council. We believe in their mission to improve the process of Transitions of Care and are eager to play a part in helping to bring the knowledge, understanding and education to healthcare professionals. By working together, we can help healthcare teams provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care across all healthcare settings to achieve better outcomes.”

Companies that are invited to join the Partners Council enjoy various avenues for collaboration and dialogue within the NTOCC community, the ability to work directly with industry peers in crafting strategies and solutions to improve patient transitions, and enhanced opportunities to partner directly with NTOCC in exploring TOC solutions. For additional information, visit http://www.ntocc.org/ContactUs.aspx.

About the National Transition of Care Coalition

The National Transitions of Care Coalition is a 501(c)(4) dedicated to addressing a serious U.S. healthcare issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting. These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery; or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities. Working in conjunction with 450 Associate Member organizations and over 4,000 individual professional subscribers, NTOCC has developed tools and resources made available to everyone in the healthcare industry including providers, payors, patients and consumers. For more information, visit http://www.NTOCC.org and follow the Coalition on Twitter @NTOCC.

About CaseNetwork

CaseNetwork is a technology enhanced medical education company focused on competency-based education that enables learners to improve their knowledge and comprehension of critical patient situations and disease states. CaseNetwork’s innovative case-based curriculum integrates the highest quality content in medicine with required proficiencies and skills. CaseNetwork’s proprietary platform also includes collaborative social learning and is delivered in a convenient fashion through mobile devices for anytime, anywhere learning. The CaseNetwork solution helps healthcare professionals increase their problem solving skills and improve competency with the ultimate goal to improve patient outcomes. For more information, visit http://casenetwork.com.

February 26, 2014

CaseNetwork Participates in CREOG Meeting

CaseNetwork is continuing its campaign to introduce its new product, CoreCases, to resident program directors by participating in this year’s CREOG meeting.  CREOG (Council on Residents Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology) is a sub-group of ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) dedicated to resident education.

The attendance at this year’s meeting is expected to exceed all past years, much of that due to the interest in the mandated ACGME milestones.  These milestones must be implemented by each teaching program to coincide with the upcoming academic year commencing in July 2014.  Program Directors from academic teaching centers nationwide are looking for ways to include the new requirements, as well as evaluate residents’ understanding and proficiency of each milestone.

CoreCases, the resident education product from CaseNetwork, is a curriculum of 48 simulated patient encounters focused on Ob-GYN disease states and conditions. Each case contains all six competencies and selected milestones.  CoreCases can assist Program Directors in implementing the milestone requirements directly into their current program.  In addition, CoreCases includes the tools to objectively asses and track each individual understands and performance related to the specific milestone.  Cases can be used to manage the gaps in clinical experience, for independent study, or group discussion.

Other distinguishing features of CaseNetwork products are also incorporated into CoreCases, such as formative feedback, collaborative learning networks and mobile access.

CREOG is being held at the Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, GA from Feb. 26 thru Feb. 28, 2014.

February 20, 2014

CaseNetwork Founder to Lead ASSET Meeting

Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork, will be the co-chair and lead facilitator at the upcoming ASSET meeting in Manhattan Beach, CA on February, 21-23. The ASSET group (Alliance for Surgical Simulation in Education and Training) brings together key members of senior leadership from a diverse cross-section of surgical societies, accrediting organizations, the US military, and government. Its goal is to establishing simulation as a pillar in surgical education, training, performance assessment, and lifelong professional development resulting in improved quality and safety of patient care.

This will be the fifth meeting of the ASSET group, convened to share cross-specialty best practices, develop cross-specialty templates for curricula, assessments and validation processes and to accelerate and enhance adoption of surgical simulation. In previous meetings, a consensus driven framework for the design and implementation of simulation-based training curricula in surgery was developed. The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the curriculum template is being implemented by groups across the world.

During the upcoming meeting, two dozen national and international experts representing most of the major surgical societies across the United States will expand the consensus-based framework and create a validation study template. This validation template is the first step to establishing a uniform, interoperable international approach to the design of validation studies for surgical education and training. Careful attention is being paid to develop a template that can be utilized to evaluate almost any type of surgical curriculum, as well as, across surgical and procedural specialties.

At the conclusion, the findings and templates will be published in peer-review journals. Submission to participating surgical societies, the Department of Defense and the VA for consideration and adoption is the final objective.