Annapolis Simulation Center SAIL Earns ACS Accreditation

Anne Arundel Medical Center’s James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Comprehensive Education Institute. This accreditation is the highest level, known as the “gold standard,” for surgical simulation centers by ACS. AAMC’s SAIL Center is one of only 98 ACS-accredited clinical simulation facilities in the world. Today we take a look at SAIL’s achievement and learn a bit more about the ACS Accreditation.

“It is an honor that the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center joins a very select group of institutions around the world,” said Adrian Park, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery at AAMC and founder and chair of the SAIL Center. “This recognition is a reflection of the quality of our education program and combined efforts of our leadership, faculty and staff.”

“We are committed to promoting the provision of safe care for patients through world-class clinical research and advanced training, to ensure excellence in medical practice here at AAMC and beyond,” said Gerald Moses, Ph.D., manager of the SAIL Center. “This designation honors the integrity of our standards.”


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The SAIL Center at AAMC is a unique facility dedicated to the advancement and practice of medicine through research, training and innovation designed to improve surgical and medical procedures and outcomes for patients.

Through teaching and practice, participants learn how to use new medical technologies, apply innovative methods and approaches to care, and learn how to improve and refine their care delivery skills.

The center hosts teleconferences, national multi-center teleconferences, lectures, research, and large group sessions for resident surgical education. The SAIL Center serves not only the medical profession, but it also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families and organizations dedicated to health care improvement and patient safety.

Photo caption (left to right): Victoria Bayless, president/CEO of AAMC; Dr. Adrian Park, chair of the Department of Surgery at AAMC and founder and chair of the SAIL Center; and Sylvia and James Earl.


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About Anne Arundel Medical Center

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., serves an area of more than one million people. Founded in 1902, AAMC includes a 349-bed not-for-profit hospital, a multi-specialty medical group, imaging and lab services, community care clinics, a research institute, a substance use treatment center and health enterprises. In addition to an Annapolis campus, AAMC has outpatient pavilions in Easton, Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena and Waugh Chapel. AAMC is nationally recognized for its joint replacement center, emergency heart attack response and cancer care.

A leader in women’s services, AAMC delivers the state’s second highest number of babies annually and has a Level 3 NICU. AAMC is among just 6 percent of U.S. hospitals to be designated a Magnet hospital, the highest-level credential for quality patient care and nursing excellence. As a Most Wired healthcare organization, AAMC is nationally recognized for using technology to enhance the patient experience. With more than 1,200 medical staff members, 4,700 employees and 1,000 volunteers, AAMC consistently receives awards for quality, patient satisfaction and innovation. To learn more, visit the link below!

About the ACS Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

The American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) educate and train practicing surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team using simulation-based education. Since they launched the ACS-AEI program in 2005, the organization has set standards for how surgical education and training should be offered at Accredited Education Institutes. Their goal is to promote patient safety through the use of medical simulation, to develop new education and technologies, identify best practices, and promote research and collaboration among our institutes.

They also evaluate the impact of education through long-term follow-up of learners and analyze how to best incorporate aspects of surgical research into surgical education. Take advantage of the enormous benefits this program offers to surgeons, residents, medical students, members of the surgical team, and ultimately to the surgical patients, by applying for accreditation. Learn more about the ACS Accreditation here.

Learn more about SAIL Annapolis Simulation Center Here!


Today’s article was guest authored by Arminta Plater, PR/Communications Supervisor at Anne Arundel Medical Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

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