In This Issue
Special memorial lectures highlight Annual Meeting
Society’s CREST Committee reaches final stages before release of online learning system
Operative Competency Evaluation Committee completes larger technical skills assessment

Washington Update
Congress postpones repeal, reform of sustainable growth rate formula, averting 27% cut

Nominate journalists for National Media Awards
ASCRS Past President Dr. Steven Wexner elected to ACS Board of Regents
ASCRS & Research Foundation partner with NIH to fund K series awards for intensive research
Members receive excellent value for their membership in ASCRS
Winners of 2013 Mark Killingback Prize, British Traveling Fellow, ESCP to present
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Annual Meeting Information
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American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Website
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ASCRS Research Foundation
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ASCRS Facebook Page
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.

Here is a summary of the benefits of ASCRS membership:

 

Estimated Value

Benefits

Members

Non-Members

Subscription to scientific journal
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Free

$477 US individual

$570.50 Intern

Image Library (over 500 peer reviewed slides available to download)

Free

not available

CARSEP
(Can earn up to 50 Self Assessment (MOC) credits)

$250

$350

CREST Program
(Approx. 60 online educational modules)

Free

$200

Physician Referral online directory

Free

not available

Job Bank
     30-day job posting
     60-day job posting
     90-day job posting

$
$25
$25
$25
$
$235
$425
$630

Interest Section, Committee Involvement     

Free

not available

Blast e-mails – timely information

Free

not available

ASCRS News

Free/online

Online

Breaking information e-news

Free

not available

Speakers Bureau Listing

Free

not available

Registration discount for annual meeting (among other activities, ASCRS conducts state of the art hands-on courses)

$450
includes
dinner dance
$550
plus
dinner dance $75

Webinars

Free

not available

Participation in the development of practice parameters

Free

not invited

Research: over $5 million available to members (Annual budget $500,000+)

Funds available

not available

Case Study ListServ

Free

not available

CPT/Practice Management assistance

Free

not available

Assistance with Colorectal Awareness Month

Free

not available

Assistance with Media interview

Free

not available

Assistance with internet surveys

$250

$1,000

Special programs for residents

Free

Fee

Special programs for young surgeons

Free

not available

Networking opportunities

Free

not available

Listing in printed Membership Directory

Free

not available

Mentoring available

Free

not available

Opportunities for leadership appointments

Always available

not available

Opportunity for representation and leadership roles in many organizations: affiliate groups, government work groups and advocacy groups

Always available

not available

Executive Council address individual Member concerns

Always

not available

Patient brochures

Available

available

Government grants (assistance with funding)
Available
not available
Video Library
In Development
not available

”Any way you look at it, ASCRS membership offers a value that’s hard to beat,” Dr. Abbas says.