Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Simulation Center receives accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons

From left to right: AAMC President and CEO Victoria Bayless; Dr. Adrian Park, chair of AAMC's Department of Surgery and founder and chair of the SAIL Center; and Sylvia and James Earl.

Anne Arundel Medical Center’s James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Comprehensive Education Institute. This accreditation is the highest level, known as the “gold standard,” for simulation centers by ACS. AAMC’s SAIL Center is one of only 98 ACS-accredited simulation facilities in the world.

“It is an honor that the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center joins a very select group of institutions around the world,” said Adrian Park, MD, chair of AAMC’s Department of Surgery, and founder and chair of the SAIL Center. “This recognition is a reflection of the quality of our education program and combined efforts of our leadership, faculty and staff.”

“We are committed to promoting the provision of safe care for patients through world-class clinical research and advanced training, to ensure excellence in medical practice here at AAMC and beyond,” said Gerald Moses, Ph.D., manager of the SAIL Center. “This designation honors the integrity of our standards.”

The SAIL Center at AAMC is a unique facility dedicated to the advancement and practice of medicine through research, training and innovation designed to improve surgical and medical procedures and outcomes for patients. Through teaching and practice, participants learn how to use new medical technologies, apply innovative methods and approaches to care, and learn how to improve and refine their care delivery skills.

The center hosts teleconferences, national multi-center teleconferences, lectures, research, and large group sessions for resident surgical education. The SAIL Center serves not only the medical profession, but it also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families and organizations dedicated to health care improvement and patient safety. Learn more at

As part of AAMC’s Council of Advanced Student Learners (CASL) program, which is a partnership between Anne Arundel County Schools and AAMC’s James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center, more than 500 Anne Arundel County high school students viewed a live broadcast surgery performed by Dr. Adrian Park. The CASL program provides high school seniors with an internship that allows for the exploration of health careers. Dr. Park facilitated a lesson and answered students’ questions as they watched a live video feed of the operating room and laparoscopic camera. See coverage by WMAR-2 News and the Capital Gazette.