ACE teaching methods spring from our key conviction: Our graduates will
embark on a career originally covered by a second surgeon. In fact, the
American College of Surgeons (ACS) takes the position that ideally the
first assistant in surgery would be another surgeon or surgical resident.
If we are going to rise to the American College of Surgeons ideal, then
Surgical Assisting isn’t an extension of your current career in
the OR – it’s a different career. And it’s not just
holding retractors and closing wounds. It’s assisting at
The ACE 6-Day Surgical SkillLab
Dan Bump has been teaching Surgical Techs, OR Nurses, and other advanced
healthcare professionals to become Surgical Assistants since 1989. Over
that time, he developed a unique set of teaching methods designed to successfully
take you to the surgeon-level skills and knowledge you need to assist
up to the ACS ideal.
“I was very happy with the patience I was shown. Processing all the
new data took me a little longer and Dan adjusted to us at our learning
level. Dan was highly skilled and able to teach in a way that we could
learn. The hands-on was in-depth without being overwhelming.” -Brooke Varga
Only 6 Days
6 full days of hands-on training is essential for gaining surgeon-level
skills. 4 hours on a pig’s foot or even 1 or 2 days of basic wound
closure won’t do it. Also, in 6 days you have time to develop muscle
memory so you perform the most advanced surgical skills without thinking,
by second nature.
“ACE is not just about getting you through the program. They want
you to be confident with your skills when you graduate. This lab was very
helpful. I feel like I’m more equipped to do my surgical clinicals.” -Alisha Pierce
This is exactly like tutoring. If it was just you and an instructor, he
would teach you something and then leave you alone for a while to practice.
Then he’d come back and coach you so you could refine your technique.
It’s the same with 12 students. But while you practice, the instructor
is helping other students.
“One-on-one coaching helps the student feel guided not pressured
and that’s extremely important for someone stepping into the First
Assistant role.” -Amy Finch
If you want to acquire complex, surgeon-level skills in a short period
of time, the complexity must be broken down into its smaller steps so
they can be more easily understood and absorbed. That is our unique talent
at ACE! We simplify the complex.
“I watched (YouTube) videos before coming to the lab and still couldn’t
tie. Dan broke it down and made it easy. I like the way he teaches. He
takes his time and goes step-by-step.” -Robert Maxam
You can learn skills at a lab and then get into surgery and not be able
to perform them. That’s because there are different ways to ‘apply’
your skills in different surgical scenarios. You don’t want to stop
everything, figure it out on the spot, and look like a deer in the headlights.
At the ACE lab, you’ll perform 4 simulated surgeries and learn to
apply your skills in different scenarios. Besides being outright fun,
these surgeries boost your confidence and make surgical skills real-world.
“A great program. You learn so much. It's not suturing &
tying only. They have simulators that replicate operations. Yeah! We took
out a uterus, put in a graft, did a hemicolectomy, and an anastomosis.” -Walter Barney
Learn How Experts Do It
The more traditional way to gain expertise is to graduate from a program
and then pick up the tips and tricks of the trade that are the hallmarks
of real expertise over time. The ACE way is to include these tips and
tricks of the trade in your training. Why wait? Why take the chance that
you’ll never pick them up?
“With 26 years of OR experience, I knew the ‘idea’ of how to
assist. But this course and lab have taught me how to assist the ‘correct’
way and how to do it in a very efficient manner.” -Debra Keyser
Online Distance Learning
Our online training gives you the knowledge a surgeon brings to the role
of first assistant. Of course, we aren’t trying to make you a surgeon.
But we do want you to have the small slice of a surgeon’s knowledge
that makes a second surgeon ideal for the role of first assistant. It
- Perform surgical skills wisely
- Make the case smooth and safe
- Keep your surgeon out of trouble
- Recognize and respond to surgical emergencies
- Contribute to the best possible patient outcomes
The online training is broken down into 9 modules to make learning easier.
Modules are configured so you get a basic foundation and then proceed
to more advanced materials so they make more sense.
“Thank you very much! It was an amazing journey. This course opened
my eyes to details I've never noticed until now. This was an awesome
experience!” -Kymisha Pina
You get to do your clinical internship in your own hospital with surgeons
you already work with. These are surgeons who know you, like you, and
want you to succeed. This is the very best possible learning environment
you could hope for.
Surgeons judge how much they are going to let you do based on your initial
performance. They have to. They can’t allow any harm to come to
their patients. That’s why we give you 6 days of hands-on training
and focus on making your initial performance with your surgeons stellar.
The Surgical SkillLab makes you highly prepared in contrast with students
of other programs. Don’t think surgeons won’t notice! They
won’t have to waste their time teaching you what you should have
learned in school. Instead, they’ll reward you with the tips and
tricks of the trade that made them successful surgeons. You judge for
yourself how great that could be!