About the SIMPL Collaborative

Working towards a continuously improving medical education system

The Society for Improving Medical Professional Learning- or the SIMPL Collaborative- formerly known as the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative (PLSC) is a non-profit educational quality improvement consortium focused on investigating and developing tools, curriculum, and policy to improve the training of 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, and has grown to include experts from around medicial education and assessment. Since initiating the SIMPL trial in July 2015, the consortium has grown substantially and currently includes 115 training programs at 73 institutions across the United States. We are funded by our institutional members and grants. Our passion is to investigate and combine innovative curricula, best-practice evaluation methodology, and state-of-the-art technology to carry out effective educational quality improvement on a national scale.

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Recent Publications

Quality of dictated feedback associated with SIMPL operative assessments of pediatric surgical trainees

Benjamin ZendejasAyca ToprakAmanda W HarringtonCraig W LilleheiBiren P Modi, Am J Surg. 2020 Oct 10:S0002-9610(20)30625-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.10.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33051067.

Constructing Learning Curves to Benchmark Operative Performance of General Surgery Residents Against a National Cohort of Peers

Joseph D.Nicolas BA, Reiping Huang PhD,  Ezra N.Teitelbaum MD, MEd, Karl Y. Bilimoria MD, MS, Yue-Yung Hu MD, MPH, Journal of Surgical Education

The Quality of Operative Performance Narrative Feedback

Ahle, Samantha L. MD, MHS Med-Ed; Eskender, Mickyas MD; Schuller, Mary MSEd; Carnes, Emily; Chen, Xilin MPH; Koehler, Jeanne PhD; Willey, Gabrielle MD; Latif, Ahmed; Doyle, Jennifer MA; Wnuk, Gregory MHSA; Fryer, Jonathan P. MD, MHPE; Mellinger, John D. MD; George, Brian C. MD, MAEd. Annals of Surgery: 

Using smartphones for trainee performance assessment: A SIMPL case study

Brian C. George MD, MAEdJordan D. Bohnen MD, MBA,Mary C. Schuller MSJonathan P. Fryer MD, MHPE. Surgery. Volume 167, Issue 6, June 2020, Pages 903-906

Number of Operative Performance Ratings Needed to Reliably Assess the Difficulty of Surgical Procedures

Kenneth L. Abbott MS, Xilin Chen MPHMichael Clark PhDNikki L. Bibler Zaidi PhDDavid B. Swanson PhD, Brian C. George MD, MAEd, Journal of Surgical Education, Vol 76 issue 6, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.07.008

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