SCR Training and Resources

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) will provide ongoing education, training, and support to Surgical Clinical Reviewers (SCRs). SCRs have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience in the surgical department. They may be nurses or other appropriate professionals, such as medical records staff members. SCRs work closely with a nurse coordinator from ACS NSQIP, who coordinates and provides day-to-day management of the participating sites.

SCRs have access to the following training and resources:

  • Initial Training Sessions. All SCRs receive formal training conducted by the ACS NSQIP Clinical Support Team. Each site will be entitled to one training session for the lead SCR hired by the hospital. Training for any additional SCRs will cost $2,500 per individual.
  • Ongoing SCR Education, Testing and Support.
    • Weekly SCR Conference Calls will have a set agenda and will include ongoing education on the program, including data definitions, data collection, operational issues, data analysis, quality improvement strategies, and other questions and issues that may arise.
    • Continuous Support will be provided to SCRs by ACS NSQIP nurse coordinators via email, telephone, online forums, and conference calls.
    • Follow-up Site Visits will be performed approximately six months after the initial training session. The nurse coordinator will travel to participating sites to:

      • Review processes and systems for data collection and workflow.
      • Meet with clinicians and support staff to discuss ACS NSQIP and build support for the SCR and the program.
      • Perform an annual Inter-Rater Reliability audit of the data collection of one SCR at the site. If more than one audit per year is required, an additional fee of $3,500 per site visit will be assessed.
      • Provide follow-up education to the SCR.
  • Participating hospitals will also receive SCR Hiring Qualifications Documents and an Operations Manual that provides detailed guidance on how to implement and use ACS NSQIP.