The ASSET course teaches surgical exposure of anatomic structures that, when injured, may pose a threat to life or limb. Students use a course manual that provides an overview of surgical exposures in key areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The one-day course covers each section, beginning with a case-based overview that is followed by a hands-on exposure guided by the faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. Roughly 24 cases are presented, 1 for each region of the body in ASSET. Learners are asked to perform surgical exposures in key areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities in ASSET. Vanderbilt also wanted to become an accredited teaching site for the ACS.