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President's Message
Operative Competency Evaluation Committee
Why the Society is developing a case log system for MOC
Nominate journalists for 2011 National Media Awards
Washington Update

Four granted Great Comebacks® Award

Website update
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ASCRS seeks nominations for 2011 Community Impact Award

Vancouver to host Society's 2011 Annual Meeting, May 14 - 18

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President's Message:
As concerns about cost structure drive health care reform,
ASCRS works for excellent patient care, fair reimbursement

By Dr. David Beck

Dr. David Beck

Dr. David Beck

The American health care system can provide excellent care. However, many feel that the present cost structure is not sustainable. Hence, health care reform is being pursued.

The ASCRS, in conjunction with larger partners such as the American College of Surgeons (ACS), continues to work in many venues to support patient care and fair reimbursement. We will attempt to keep the membership updated as governmental actions become solidified.

Meanwhile, ASCRS members are pursuing a number of other exciting initiatives, with the overall objective of serving member needs for continuing education and enhancing patient care. Several of these initiatives are discussed in greater detail in other sections of this newsletter.

Dr. Conor Delaney, Cleveland, OH, is working with representatives of the ACS to modify a Case Log system that will support Maintenance of Certification and practice improvement. We hope to have working models available in the exhibit hall at the Annual Meeting, so that members can practice using the system and learn how it can enhance their practices and streamline certification.

Dr. Patricia Roberts, Burlington, MA, with a grant from the Society and the support of our colleagues in Toronto, is guiding an initiative to develop a skills assessment program. When fully developed and implemented, it may for the first time provide an opportunity to objectively access the technical skills associated with the practice of colorectal surgery.

Dr. Charles Whitlow, New Orleans, LA, and the program committee are putting the final touches on what we promise will be a very enjoyable and successful meeting. The Vancouver venue will be spectacular, and we will be offering tours of the unique regional offerings.

In response to member input, the meeting has been reorganized to facilitate member interaction and maximize learning. A guest appearance by the Montreal comedy team of Bowser and Blue’s (authors of the Colorectal Surgeon Song) will highlight the meeting. Their performance will include several new songs relating to our specialty.

The editorial team of the ASCRS Textbook is completing the second edition, which will be available at the Annual meeting, May 14-18.

Dr. David Margolin, New Orleans, LA, continues to improve the Society’s and Journal’s Websites and social networking offerings.

Our Public Relations Committee, headed by Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou, continues to work with several national organizations, such as CBS HealthWatch, to educate the community on the role of colorectal surgeons and the advantages of colorectal screening. Again, you will see tangible evidence of their efforts at our Annual Meeting.

As President, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many of you during my travels this year. I look forward to visiting with more of you at the Annual Meeting.  It will be a busy and exciting meeting, so make your travel plans early.