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Annual Meeting Information
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ASCRS Research Foundation
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2013 Annual Meeting program in Phoenix, Arizona emphasizes practical knowledge, offers new patient treatment information
Annual Meeting

The program for the 2013 ASCRS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, April 27 – May 1, places a strong emphasis on practical knowledge to help surgeons run better practices and offers important new information necessary to treat patients in a fast-changing field, according to Program Chair Dr. Stephen M. Sentovich, Boston, MA. “The Program Committee has planned a fantastic meeting with a high quality, compact scientific program and easy logistics, with many direct flights and an airport close to our downtown hotel in warm, sunny Phoenix,” Dr. Sentovich says.

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Special Memorial lectures highlight Annual Meeting
Special and memorial lectures scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting, April 27-May 1, in Phoenix, Arizona, will add an important dimension to the meeting experience. The distinguished lineup of special lecturers includes:
  • Glenn D. Steele, Jr., JD, PhD
  • Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD
  • James M. Church, MBChB
  • Anthony J. Senagore, MD
  • Barbara Lee Bass, MD
  • Frederick L. Greene, MD
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Dr. Glenn Steele, Jr.
2013 Masters in Colorectal Surgery lecture to honor Past President Dr. Victor W. Fazio
Dr. Victor W. Fazio

The 2013 Masters in Colorectal Surgery lecture will honor ASCRS Past President and former Diseases of the Colon & Rectum Editor-in-Chief Dr. Victor W. Fazio, chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery and vice chairman of the Division of Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. The lecture will be delivered by his longtime colleague, Dr. James M. Church, who holds the Victor W. Fazio Chair in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Fazio was ASCRS President for 1995-1996 and became Editor-in-Chief of the journal in 1997, serving two five-year terms.

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President’s Message:
Your ASCRS is there with tools for education, research, advocacy, innovation

By Dr. Alan G. Thorson

I encourage you to take time to read through this very informative newsletter. Your ASCRS continues working hard to help you provide your patients with a quality of care in colon and rectal diseases that no other specialty can offer. Whether it is tools for education, tools for research, tools for advocacy or tools for innovation and patient resources, your ASCRS is there on your behalf and at your side working to ensure that both the public and policy makers understand the importance of subspecialty care when it comes to quality outcomes, quality of life and cost savings.

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Dr. Alan Thorson
Society’s CREST Committee reaches final stages before release of flexible online learning system
Dr. Scott Steele

The Society’s CREST Committee has reached the final stages before release of its online learning system that will cover all aspects of a solid foundation in the evaluation and management of colorectal disease. CREST is an acronym for Colorectal Education System Template.

Committee Chair Dr. Scott R. Steele, Ft. Lewis, WA, says the Committee has now created 59 educational modules, including input from over 40 members.

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Operative Competency Evaluation Committee completes larger technical skills assessment
By Dr. Patricia L. Roberts, Chair

Following the success of its June 2011 pilot study, the Society’s Operative Competency Evaluation Committee recently completed a larger technical skills assessment examination, COSATS (Colorectal Objective Structure Assessment of Technical Skill), in combination with the oral board examination of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The COSATS was modeled on the OSATS examination and was developed to assess technical skills at the time of board certification.

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Dr. Patricia Roberts
Washington Update:
Congress again postpones repeal, reform of sustainable growth rate formula, averting 27% cut
United States Capitol

This article was developed by the Advocacy and Health Policy Division of the American College of Surgeons for ASCRS News.

Medicare Physician Payment/SGR
Congress has once again postponed repeal and permanent reform of the sustainable growth rate formula. The “fiscal cliff” legislation passed January 1 postpones the 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement that was scheduled to take effect and freezes payment at current rates through December 31, 2013.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) continues to lead the physician charge to eliminate the SGR formula once and for all . . .

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Nominate journalists for National Media Awards

Help ASCRS recognize excellence in colorectal disease reporting by nominating journalists for the Society’s 2013 National Media Awards. March 1, 2013 is the deadline for submitting entries.

ASCRS will present $1,000 awards honoring the best work in three major media categories:

  • Print (newspaper or magazine),
  • Broadcast (television or radio) and,
  • Internet (including news reports, features, discussion programs, documentaries or multimedia presentations).

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ASCRS Past President Dr. Steven Wexner elected to ACS Board of Regents
Dr. Steven Wexner

ASCRS immediate Past President Dr. Steven D. Wexner, Weston, FL, has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He becomes one of 22 on the board governing the affairs of the College on behalf of its 78,000 members.

Dr. Wexner has been a Fellow of the ACS since 1991. He was chair (2003-2005) and a member of the College’s Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery (1997-2003). Currently, he serves as a member of the College’s Commission on Cancer (CoC). From 2000 to 2004, he served as President of the ACS South Florida Chapter.

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ASCRS and the Research Foundation partner with NIH to fund K series awards for intensive research

ASCRS and the ASCRS Research Foundation have partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund K series awards, which will provide up to $175,000 annually for dedicated research. These awards, similar to programs the NIH has already established with other medical specialty organizations, will be funded by annual grants of up to $100,000 per year, to which the Society will fund $75,000 per year for five years for salary support for the first recipient. The Research Foundation will fund future winners. The goal is to allow one of the Society’s dedicated researchers to make a 75% time commitment to research.

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Members receive excellent value for their membership in ASCRS

ASCRS LogoIt is hard to put a dollar figure on the value of ASCRS membership, but Membership Committee Chair Dr. Maher A. Abbas, Los Angeles, CA, says the Society understands the concerns of surgeons who find themselves facing decreasing reimbursement for some procedures, while overhead costs continue to rise.

“It often seems difficult to find an organization to adequately voice concerns and represent our needs. It is, therefore, crucial to avail ourselves of cost-effective means of maximizing our return while minimizing the money expended to support our practices,” Dr. Abbas says.

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Winners of 2013 Mark Killingback Prize, British Traveling Fellow, ESCP to present

The 2013 Mark Killingback Prize winner is Cherng Huei (Joe) Kong, of Victoria, Australia. The 2013 British Traveling Fellow is Dean A. Harris, MD, FRCS, MB ChB, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Singleton Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Swansea, UK. The 2013 ESCP (European Society of Coloproctology) Winner is Dr. Asa Collin, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. All will present papers at the ASCRS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Kong will present a paper entitled Colorectal Preoperative Surgical Score (CrOSS): Validating a Preoperative Risk Stratification Model for Major Colorectal Surgery.

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