Sept. 01, 2022
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is pleased to announce that it has selected the Society for Improving Medical Professional Learning (formerly the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative, or PLSC) to develop a mobile platform for trainee assessment as part of its Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) project.
The ABS is developing a full suite of EPAs to form the foundation for competency-based assessment of surgical residents nationwide. General surgery residents, starting with the entering class of 2023, will be assessed using this individualized, frequent, actionable feedback in the form of EPAs. Other ABS specialties, including vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, complex general surgical oncology, and surgical critical care, will follow suit in subsequent years.
The Society for Improving Medical Professional Learning (SIMPL Collaborative) will provide the full spectrum of technology support for the ABS EPA Project, including the mobile platform, secure data storage, and reporting structures that will enable programs to implement the EPA assessment model.
"The SIMPL Collaborative has a very strong track record working in graduate surgical education with assessment tools delivered over mobile platforms," said ABS Vice President and EPA project lead Dr. John Mellinger. "Their commitment to improving assessment strategies and the training environment through large scale data collection and analytics makes them an ideal choice for the EPA project's mobile deployment strategy."
The SIMPL Collaborative brings many strengths, including: an identity as an educational quality improvement consortium; a history of providing residency programs with mobile operative skill assessment products; experience with implementation and support strategies with such products in a variety of institutional settings; and a long track record of developing scientific infrastructure for improvement in surgical education. The SIMPL Collaborative’s non-profit commitment, philosophic alignment, and ongoing collaborations with other key partners in medical education make it an ideal provider of the EPA platform
"On behalf of all members of the SIMPL Collaborative, we are thrilled to support the ABS in this groundbreaking project," said Brian George, M.D., M.A.Ed., executive director of the SIMPL Collaborative.
The ABS project will utilize a customized, 'next generation' version of the SIMPL Collaborative's assessment platform, which will be tailored specifically for the EPA assessment model. The mobile-based platform will allow for time-efficient, feedback-oriented assessment of resident performance in the course of daily clinical workflow and will be composed by and deployed under ABS sponsorship to all ACGME-accredited general surgery training programs
Additional information and platform training materials will be provided to general surgery training programs prior to the July 2023 launch. An alternate option for the collection of resident assessments will be available for programs that are not able to utilize the assessment platform for legal or other reasons, with additional information forthcoming