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American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons News
In This Issue
Dr. Steven Wexner, Weston, FL, ASCRS President; Dr. Alan Thorson, Omaha, NE, President-elect
Vancouver Annual Meeting sets attendance record
Presidential Address:
Outgoing President Dr. David Back outlines value of “Choosing your Goals”
ASCRS retains AMA House of Delegates seat

High quality drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to 2.819

Results of Operative Competency Evaluation Committee’s first technical skills assessment exam “very exciting”
ASCRS awards three National Media Awards; two special media and advocacy awards
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, videos
2011 International Scholar Report: Memorable ASCRS Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal surgery services in Bangladesh
2010 International Scholar Report: Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal care in Jamaica
Health policy scholarship prepared Dr. Robert Cima to take leadership role in shaping U.S. healthcare system
Society extends CBS HealthWatch™ Campaign, Participates in Final 4 “Coaches Huddle”
Great Comebacks® honors Chuck Wielgus, Heidi Cross, RN
ASCRS Premier Partners
ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2011-12
ASCRS Welcomes New Fellows, Members, Candidates
Call for abstracts, 2010 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, June 2-6
Working models of Society’s own case log system for MOC reviewed in Vancouver
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ASCRS Facebook Page

Dr. Steven Wexner, Weston, FL, ASCRS President;
Dr. Alan Thorson, Omaha, NE, President-elect

Dr. Steven Wexner
Dr. Steven Wexner

Dr. Steven D. Wexner, Weston, FL, was elected President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He succeeds Dr. David E. Beck, New Orleans, LA.

Other new officers and members elected to serve on the organization’s governing Executive Council are:

  • Dr. Alan Thorson, Omaha, NE, President-elect
  • Dr. David Levien, Baltimore, MD, Vice President
  • Dr. Charles Littlejohn, Stamford, CT, Secretary
  • Dr. Terry Hicks, New Orleans, LA, Treasurer

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Vancouver Annual Meeting sets attendance record, with 2,468 registrants

The ASCRS Annual Meeting in Vancouver was a huge success, attracting a record 2,468 registrants, including 1,478 physicians. It was the largest “stand alone” meeting in ASCRS history, excluding Tripartite meetings.

The venue, on the water-front with mountains in the background, was a delight, and the program delivered on its promise…

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Dr. David Beck
The 2010-11 ASCRS Executive Council
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President’s Message:
Thank you for the privilege of guiding the Society’s vital work during the year ahead
Dr. David Beck
Dr. Steven Wexner and Dr. David Beck

By Dr. Steven D. Wexner

Before turning to discussion of ASCRS activities and plans, I wish to express my profound appreciation to each member and fellow of the ASCRS for having afforded me the privilege of serving as your president. Furthermore, I owe a debt of gratitude to the past presidents of our society whose friendship, counsel and mentorship have illuminated a very bright path for me to follow. I will endeavor to exercise my best efforts to fulfill the challenges of this honorable position and build upon the solid foundation they have created.

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Presidential Address:
Outgoing President Dr. David Beck outlines value of “Choosing your Goals”

In a very practical Presidential Address, outgoing ASCRS President Dr. David E. Beck, New Orleans, LA, drew on his background in the U.S. Air Force and outlined the value of setting personal goals and striving to achieve them. He also commented on the benefits the Society’s leadership has derived from goal setting and strategic planning.

“Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation,” he told the Annual Meeting audience. “It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

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Dr. David Beck
Dr. David Beck
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ASCRS retains AMA House of Delegates seat

American Medical Association logo

The American Medical Association has certified that ASCRS met the compliance requirements and will retain its representation in the AMA House of Delegates. AMA placed eight medical organizations on probation for failing to meet its requirements.

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Research Foundation “Meet the Challenge” raises $98,596 in Vancouver

The Research Foundation raised $98,596 during the 7th annual “Meet the Challenge” program, held during the opening reception of the annual meeting in Vancouver, surpassing its goal by more than $18,000.

Three corporate supporters — Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Covidien, and Genzyme Biosurgery — agreed to pledge a total of $40,000 for the 2011 fundraiser.

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Dr. David Beck
Dr. David Maron, next year's program co-chair, at the tote board during the challenge event, held at the Opening Reception.
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High quality drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to 2.819, highest ever, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert Madoff reports
Dr. Robert Madoff
Dr. Robert Madoff

The Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R), has received its highest Impact Factor ever of 2.819, up from 2.536 the previous year, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN reports.

“The increase in DC&R’s Impact Factor is attributable to the high quality of papers that we are receiving and a highly selective editorial process that focuses on publishing only papers of the best quality,” Dr. Madoff says. The Journal’s acceptance rate was 14% in 2009 and will be close to the same in 2010, once papers under revision are completed, according to Dr. Madoff.

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Results of Operative Competency Evaluation Committee’s first technical skills assessment exam “very exciting”

Preliminary results from the Society’s Operative Competency Evaluation Committee’s first technical skills assessment examination are “very exciting,” says Committee Chair Dr. Patricia L. Roberts, Burlington, MA. The examination was conducted at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, under the direction of Drs. Helen M. MacRae and Sandra de Montbrun.

“The results are very exciting. They have answered the key question of whether we can discriminate between general surgery graduating chief residents, many of whom are going into colon and rectal surgery, and colorectal fellows,” Dr. Roberts says.

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Dr. Robert Madoff
Dr. Patricia Roberts
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ASCRS awards three National Media Awards;
two special media and advocacy awards
ASCRS National Media Awards

ASCRS awarded three National Media Awards and two special media and colorectal cancer advocacy awards during the Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

A 2011 National Media Award honored a broadcast report by WCVB-TV (Boston) reporting a sharp increase in colon cancer among young people.

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Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, video

ASCRS honored many outstanding accomplishments and announced the award of traveling and international fellowships during the Annual Meeting in Vancouver. Presentation of special awards and awards for best podium presentations, best posters, impact paper published in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, and best video were among the meeting’s highlights.

Following is a summary of major awards and fellowships.

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2011 International Scholar Report:
Memorable ASCRS Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal surgery services in Bangladesh
Dr. Zahidul Haq
Dr. Zahidul Haq

By Zahidul Haq, MBBS, FCPS, FRCS, MS, FICS
Colorectal Surgeon, Bangladesh

Let me first express my gratitude and thanks to ASCRS and ICCP for nominating me as an international fellowship award winner for 2011.

It was one of the greatest and most memorable experiences of my life and helped me immensely to upgrade my knowledge and surgical skill in the field of colorectal surgery. This award allowed me to attend the 2011 ASCRS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and to visit two world-class centers of excellence in colorectal diseases in the U.S.

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2010 International Scholar Report:
Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal care in Jamaica

By Joseph Plummer, MB BS, DM (SURG),
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Encouraged by Dr. Robin McLeod of the University of Toronto, I was fortunate enough to be awarded one of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons International Scholarships. As the ASCRS Annual Meeting was in Minneapolis, I organized to visit the Mayo Clinic at Rochester prior to the annual conference and, later, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. These institutions have two of the leading colorectal faculties worldwide . . .

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Dr. Joseph Plummer
Dr. Joseph Plummer
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Health policy scholarship prepared Dr. Robert Cima to take leadership role in shaping U.S. healthcare system
Dr. Robert Cima
Dr. Robert Cima

In his summary report, Dr. Robert R. Cima, Rochester, MN, the ASCRS/American College of Surgeons/ Brandeis University health policy scholarship winner for 2010-2011, offers some very interesting observations on his experience and the making of health care policy, excerpted here:

“In the early 1980’s when I first started medical school at Stanford, health policy was the arena of the economists and political science departments on campus. I remember the one or two lectures by Alan Einthoven, a famous health care economist, who had to come ‘out’ to the medical center from the main campus to teach the medical students . . .

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Society extends CBS HealthWatch™ Campaign,
Participates in Final 4 “Coaches Huddle”

The Society will extend its agreement with CBS HealthWatch™ for a colorectal cancer awareness campaign during the coming year, Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, announced.

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CBS News
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Great Comebacks® honors Wielgus, Cross
Chuck Wielgus
Chuck Wielgus

The Great Comebacks® Program has named Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director of USA Swimming, its 2011 National Award Winner, and has given Heidi H. Cross, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, its Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Great Comebacks® Award. Both presentations were made at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society’s 43rd Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Wielgus, of Colorado Springs, CO, was honored for his work in raising awareness and in helping g others who need ostomy surgery. He has remained a dynamic force in U.S. swimming after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer and having ostomy surgery.

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ASCRS Premier Partners

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recognizes the indispensable role that health care companies play in helping the Society maintain its focus on colorectal surgery and enhance the care its members provide to patients. ASCRS thanks the following companies for their generous support of this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

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ASCRS Website
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ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2011-12

Awards Committee: James Yoo, MD, Chair
Bylaws Committee: Michael Snyder, MD, Chair
Continuing Education Committee: Judith Trudel, MD, Chair

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ASCRS welcomes new Fellows, Members, Candidates

The ASCRS welcomed three International Fellows, 47 Fellows, 50 Members, one Allied Health Professional, and 48 Candidates to the Society during its 2012 annual business meeting.

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Call for Abstracts, 2012 Annual Meeting,
San Antonio, TX, June 2-6

Online submission of abstracts for the 2012 ASCRS Annual Meeting opened September 15 and closes November 15 at www.fascrs.org.

The Annual Meeting will be held June 2-6, 2012, in San Antonio, TX, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Hotel.

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Working models of Society’s own case log system for MOC reviewed in Vancouver
Dr. Conor Delaney
Dr. Conor Delaney

By Dr. Conor P. Delaney

After reviewing working models of its own case log system for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) at the Vancouver Annual Meeting, the project is ready for the next step. The ASCRS case log system needs to be sufficiently complex to be a valid tool for certification, without being overly burdensome for the membership.

The current American College of Surgeons (ACS) case log is a very complete system that enables ASCRS members to track their own cases, but it is generic and probably not ideally suited for certification . . .

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