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VUMC’s surgical education program lauded by ACS

Sep. 9, 2020, 2:07 PM


by Doug Campbell

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The five-year accreditation recognizes VUMC’s commitment to addressing the educational needs of a broad spectrum of learners and advances the science of simulation-based surgical education.

AEIs provide learners an opportunity to learn and practice new skills and receive immediate feedback without compromising patient safety. AEIs also conduct innovative research to advance simulation-based surgical education.

The AEI accreditation program is a voluntary peer-review process. As a Comprehensive AEI, VUMC has been recognized as providing a focused program that educates four learner groups, develops original curricula, offers a broad spectrum of education programs and has the resources and physical space necessary to conduct its educational activities. The institute is also dedicated to the advancement of the field through research and scholarly activities.

The accreditation is recognition of VUMC’s commitment to educational excellence, said Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, associate professor of Surgery, Vice President for Educational Affairs for VUMC and associate dean for Graduate Medical Education for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“Cathy Wilson and Arna Banerjee did a bulk of the work in the accreditation process, and we are thankful for their efforts. It’s nice to now have formal recognition of what has always been a consistent priority here at VUMC — excellence in education,” Terhune said.

The ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. It has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

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