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.