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ASCRS International Scholars report on their experiences

The purpose of the ASCRS International Scholarship Award is to provide a surgeon residing outside of the U.S. and Canada, who has demonstrated a strong interest in colon and rectal disease and who demonstrates potential for achieving a leadership position in colon and rectal surgery in his or her home country, with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in North America and to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting of the ASCRS.

The award carries a stipend of $8,000. Details of the application process and an application form may be found on the Society’s website, www.fascrs.org. Three winners of the award, Drs. Olusegun Isaac Alatise, of Nigeria, April Camilia Roslani, of Malaysia, and Indrek Seire, of Estonia, report on their experiences below.

 

International Scholar Report
My patients have a better surgeon to help them

By Dr. Olusegun Isaac Alatise

I want to express my deep appreciation to the Executive Councils of International Council of Coloproctology (ICCP) and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) for the privilege granted me to benefit from the 2013 International Scholarship program. The fellowship afforded me the opportunity to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and to visit three leading colorectal surgery units in the U.S.

The annual meeting of ASCRS was highly educational. I attended the Endorectal Ultrasound workshop, “Meet the Professor” breakfast, and many symposia. Most of the symposia dealt in detail with important clinical questions that confront young surgeons, like me, for which we lack answers. Read More…

 

International Scholar Report
To improve colorectal disease treatment in Malaysia, number of colorectal surgeons, public awareness must increase

By Dr. April Camilla Roslani

I was fortunate to be one of the recipients of an ASCRS ICCP Scholarship for 2013, and carried out my clinic visits from April 15 – May 1 2013. A brief overview of my activities is as follows: April 15 – 19: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI), Baltimore, MD; supervised by Drs. Jonathan Efron, Elizabeth Wick, and Susan Gearhart. Also attended SAGES 2013. April 22 – 26: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; supervised by Drs. Bruce Wolff and Sarah Boostrom. April 27 – May 1: attended ASCRS 2013 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. Presented at the ICCP meeting, and made a podium presentation at ASCRS.

The answers to the following questions comprise a summary report of my experience:

  • What are the challenges facing Malaysia in treating colon and rectal disease and how will your visits to the U.S. colorectal institutions help you address those challenges?

Malaysia is small, with a population of approximately 30 million, and is currently still considered a developing nation. Improvements in healthcare are among the goals to be achieved in its pursuit of developed nation status. Read More…

 

International Scholar Report
Highly productive U.S. visit yields many ideas for practice improvement in Estonia

By Dr. Indrek Seire, North Estonia Medical Centre

My ASCRS ICCP scholarship afforded a unique opportunity to see the U.S. system of coloproctology from inside and gave me many ideas for practice improvement. My trip to the U.S. was divided into three parts: visit to the Phoenix Annual Meeting of ASCRS, visit to USC LA County Hospital/Keck Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, and, finally, visit to the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Annual Meeting of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ, April 27 – May 1, 2013. I covered almost the entire program, although the days were very long and busy. Highlights of the meeting personally for me were the following:

  • Video sessions for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. I realized how different the world can be at the point of technical aspects of the very same operation. Read More…