Dr. Andreana Bütter inducted to ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Dr. Andreana Bütter, Professor & Chair/Chief, Paediatric Surgery, was inducted into the fifth cohort of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators last week. Out of the 65 inductees, she was the only Canadian surgeon. This is an honorary distinction that recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education and are considered premiere leaders in their respective fields.

The ceremony will be held at a banquet in Chicago, marking the first in-person ceremony since 2019. The names of new Academy members will also be announced on October 16, 2022, at the annual Convocation ceremony which precedes the opening of the ACS 2022 Clinical Congress, one of the largest scientific and educational meetings for surgeons in the world.

The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators works to advance the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties. Individuals are selected as Members, Associate Members, or Affiliate Members following a stringent peer review process. This year’s class includes Members (27 Inductees), Associate Members (36 Inductees), and Affiliate Members (2 Inductees). The first inaugural class was inducted in 2018 and the Academy has since grown to include 301 Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members who represent six surgical specialties other than general surgery. Inductees are from 22 states and the District of Columbia. They come from seven countries in addition to those from the United States.

Once inducted, Academy members actively engage in advancing the Academy’s programs and goals, which are to advance the science and practice of innovative lifelong surgical education, training, and scholarship in the changing milieu of health care; foster the exchange of creative ideas and collaboration; support the development and recognition of faculty; underscore the importance of lifelong surgical education and training; positively impact quality and patient safety through lifelong surgical education and training; disseminate advances in education and training to all surgeons; and offer mentorship to surgeon educators throughout their professional careers.

Academy members collaborate on and publish significant works of scholarship and participate in fireside chats, Grand Rounds Series, and the Academy Symposium, an annual conference that brings together Academy members to exchange best practices and discuss critical topics in surgical education. Through dynamic programming, Members have addressed the impact of the COVID pandemic on surgical training, physician wellness, and disparities in surgical education, among several other initiatives. The Academy continues to focus on outreach to surgeon educators from across the globe, with a special emphasis on engaging surgeon educators from low-middle income countries. With this year’s induction ceremony, the Academy will include more than 50 international members, representing 24 countries outside of the U.S.

To learn more about the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, please visit the Academy’s homepage.