Beaumont's Surgical Learning Center achieves prestigious designation


The American College of Surgeons has fully accredited the Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak as a Level 1 Education Institute. This designation is the highest level of accreditation given by the ACS.

"Beaumont is one of only 10 centers in North America to receive this designation and is the only Michigan center to be accredited," says Charles Shanley, M.D., chairman, department of Surgery and executive director of the Surgical Learning Center. "The criteria to attain this level of accreditation are extremely rigorous. To have achieved this in just six months is a testimonial to the tireless work and dedication of our staff."

The Surgical Learning Center opened in 2006. It received the designation after a comprehensive evaluation of the program, a site surveyor's report and consideration by the ACS Accreditation Review Committee. The accreditation is valid for three years.

The goal of the ACS Accredited Education Institutes is to create a network of ACS-approved regional Education Institutes that offer surgeons, surgical residents, medical students and members of the surgical team a spectrum of educational opportunities to learn and maintain skills, focusing on new procedures and emerging technologies.

The Surgical Learning Center is a 5,500-square-foot, $4.5-million center and is believed to be the first of its kind in the world due to its unique blend of distance learning, patient simulation and surgical skills lab. It provides an environment for surgical teams from around the world to learn advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques.