About PLSC

Defining performance standards for the next generation of surgeons

Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative (PLSC) is a non-profit research consortium focused on investigating and developing tools, curriculum, and policy to improve the training of surgical and other procedural physicians.  The collaborative was founded by experts in surgical trainee performance assessment with the initial support of Massachusetts General Hospital, Northwestern University, and Indiana University.  We are now funded by our institutional members and grants.  Our passion is to investigate and combine innovative curricula, best-practice evaluation methodology, consulting services, and state-of-the-art technology to improve the training of residents in Surgery and other procedural specialties.

The current focus of PLSC is the development and launch of SIMPL: System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning, an evaluation system that uses smartphones to collect evaluation data on both residents and faculty.  This technology makes it feasible to evaluate resident technical performance for every operation in which a resident participates.  It will also enable programs to characterize faculty teaching behaviors.  This project augments our ongoing research about how to ensure that resident education best meets the needs of patients today and into the future.