The Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC) in King Saud University’s College of Medicine’s received American College of Surgeons (ACS) accreditation as a first-rate medical center.
The center’s programs were also accredited.
The CSSC, located in King Khalid University Hospital, was founded on March 31, 2012. The center’s mission is to provide an innovative learning environment for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and students within the community by integrating medical simulation-based teaching methodologies into the educational curriculum.
The American College of Surgeons, founded in 1913, is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The evaluation is conducted by a team of surveyors, all surgeons who have expertise or a profound interest in skills education and selected by the ACS Review Committee. The evaluation team made their evaluation visit last fall.
Attaining ACS accreditation is a demanding process, but once completed places the center and program in an elite class medically. Among the world’s ACS-accredited centers and units belong to Mayo Clinic, the Harvard University Medical School, the University of Toronto Medical School, the Duke University Medical Center-Surgical Education and Activities Lab, Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital and the University of Nice-Sophia in France.
Some of the ACS’s major activities include:
- Sponsoring continuing medical education programs to help surgeons keep abreast of the latest information on surgical subjects;
- Conducting various programs through its Commission on Cancer to improve the care of cancer patients;
- Encouraging hospitals to develop programs for optimal care of cancer patients and to seek, on a voluntary basis, College approval of these programs;
- Through its Committee on Trauma, it works to improve the care of injured and critically ill patients – before, en route to, and during hospitalization;
- Sponsoring organization for the Residency Review Committees for Colon and Rectal Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Urology;
- Supporting postdoctoral education in surgery through several scholarship programs.
Through its Office of Public Information, it provides general information to the public about surgeons and surgical care. A patient education Web site, which was developed by the College’s Division of Education, helps individuals contemplating elective procedures make informed decisions about surgical care, and provides a variety of resources on frequently performed surgical procedures and related issues; and
The College has developed the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) to provide practicing surgeons with an excellent resource for lifelong learning.
A celebration of the accreditation was celebrated on December 24, 2012 shortly after the announcement, with the ceremony conducted under the patronage of Dr. Sami A. Alnassar, of the Department of Medical Education and CSSC supervisor. Among those present was Dr. Abdulaziz Zamil Alomar, vice chairman of the department and the department units heads and Center members.
Addressing the audience, Dr. Alnassar said the accreditation was the culmination of diligent efforts by all CSSC staff, from senior administrators to rank-and-file. He added that the ACS certification represented a comprehensive effort to improve CSSC’s services, in compliance with the directives of Dr. Mubarak Al-Faran, dean of the College of Medicine and supervisor of the university’s hospitals, to upgrade the educational, instructional and research procedure and make the CSSC the best of its kind in the Middle East.
At the end of the ceremony, CSSC personnel received appreciation certificates for their role in KSU’s international success.