About PLSC

Defining performance standards for the next generation of surgeons

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 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.  Since initiating the SIMPL trial in July 2015, the consortium has grown substantially and currently includes 97 training programs at 65 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 improve the training of residents in Surgery and other procedural specialties.

An early focus of PLSC was 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.