A different type of CME

For surgeons who perform minimally invasive surgery and are looking for a better way to fulfill their CME requirements, C‑SATS now offers the most convenient yet effective method available. Simply submit videos from procedures you are already doing; no need to fly to conferences or read journal articles online. Our program accurately assesses your surgical technique and provides you with objective feedback in order to show you where you will have the greatest opportunity for improvement.


How does it work?

It's simple. Submit your minimally invasive surgical performance videos, review your performance reports and earn anywhere from 5 to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


What Type of feedback will i receive?

You will receive feedback that identifies your performance across cases as well as a detailed breakdown of your technical skills.

Why are technical skills important?

Good question. Technical skills have an impact on clinical outcomes. In a recent study of bariatric surgeons, poor technical performers generated the following results when compared to top performers:

  • 2.5x more readmissions
  • 3x more complications
  • 5x more deaths (REF Birkmeyer, et al, NEJM, October 2013)

What are the stages i have to complete?

Stage 1

  • Submit 1 case.

  • Review performance assessment report.

  • Discover opportunities for improvement. 


  • Submit 1 more video.

  • Receive feedback on your progress.


  • Submit 1 more video.

  • Receive a final performance assessment report.

  • Reflect on the improvement process and Claim your AMA PRA Category 1 Credits



You will submit 1 case at each stage of the process. But don't worry - we'll send a reminder when it's time. Since the focus is on performance improvement, it's important to have a minimum of 1 month (30 days) in between each submission in order to give you enough time to practice and improve your technique. 


How long does it take?

Most surgeons complete the process in 3 months (with a minimum of 30 days in between any two stages).


What Types of Surgeries can C-SATS assess?

We assess robotic and laparoscopic surgeries using validated assessment tools. For the robotic surgeries, we use the Global Evaluative Assessment of Robotic Skills (GEARS) and for laparoscopic surgeries we use the Global Operative Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (GOALS).


What type of procedure should I submit at each stage?

That’s up to you. But it’s important to stay consistent across the method (e.g robotic, laparoscopic or open).


Do I have to edit the videos? 

As a service to our customers, C-SATS can do the editing for you. This means you can submit long videos and we will trim them down into 10-minute segments. Please provide us with the steps you would like us to assess.


What's my next step?


The CMESolutions designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 5-20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.