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2014 Annual Meeting introduces E-Posters,
“town hall” debates
Dr. Bradley Champagne By Bradley J. Champagne, MD, Program Chair

Only two and a half months remain before the 2014 ASCRS Annual Meeting, May 17-21 in Hollywood, FL, and for those of us who have been deeply involved in the planning, the excitement is starting to build! I want to take this opportunity to review some of the anticipated highlights of the meeting and also review what has been accomplished over the last few months. Read more . . .


Lineup of special and memorial lecturers includes Congressman, experts, leaders
Speakers invited to present special and memorial lectures during the Annual Meeting include a U.S. Congressman, a recognized authority on processes and outcomes in cancer care, the executive director of the American College of Surgeons, an ASCRS past president, the Society’s current secretary, a prominent thinker in matters related to research ethics, and ASCRS President Dr. Michael J. Stamos.

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U.S. Congressman Dan Maffei

President’s Message:
Work of busy ASCRS committees includes
a transanal total mesorectal excision project
Dr. Michael Stamos By Michael J. Stamos, MD

While the preparation for our Annual Meeting coming up in Hollywood, Florida, May 17-21, has occupied much of my attention over the past few months, there are indeed a number of activities going on behind the scenes. The ASCRS Executive Council has been meeting via conference call on a regular basis, overseeing the work of many important and active committees.

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Busy Operative Competency Evaluation Committee pursues three major initiatives in 2014
The ASCRS Operative Competency Evaluation Committee has been very busy and has three main initiatives for the upcoming year.

COSATS
Following the success of the two previous pilot studies, a third COSATS examination will be administered in September 2014 at the Northwestern University Center for Advanced Surgical Education in Chicago . . .

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Dr. Patricia Roberts

2014 Annual Meeting mobile app offers
exciting interactive experience
Dr. Scott Steele By Scott R. Steele, MD
Chair, Social Media Committee

We are excited to unveil an entirely different way that you can experience the 2014 ASCRS meeting, in large part due to the completely redesigned ASCRS mobile app. In addition to allowing personalization of your meeting schedule, the app will provide mobile access to meeting abstracts, background and contact information about the speakers, note taking ability, and loads of information . . .

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Winners of 2014 Mark Killingback Prize, British Traveling Fellow, ESCP to present
2014 award winners to present at the Annual Meeting include:

  • Mark Killingback Prize winner, Dr. Sanket Srinivasa, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • British Traveling Fellow, Dr. Susan Joan Moug, Glasgow, Scotland;
  • European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) winner, Dr. Tina Yen-Ting Chen, Tage-Hansens Gade, Denmark.

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ASCRS identifies five interventions commonly ordered but not always necessary
ASCRS identifies five interventions commonly ordered but not always necessary ASCRS is one of more than 60 leading medical specialty societies to identify over 220 specific tests, procedures, or medication therapies that are commonly ordered but not always necessary and could cause undue harm. ASCRS submitted five recommended interventions to the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, which aims to spark conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

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2014 Membership Directory mailed to members
The 2014 ASCRS Membership Directory, an important membership benefit that helps members keep in touch with their colleagues and facilitates patient referrals, was mailed to members in January. This year’s directory is supported by a grant from Medtronic, Inc.

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2014 Membership Directory mailed to members

ASCRS endorses multi-society Lynch Syndrome guidelines
ASCRS Logo The ASCRS Executive Council has endorsed guidelines developed by a Multi-Society Task Force in collaboration with invited experts to assist health care providers with the appropriate provision of genetic testing and management of patients at-risk for and affected-with Lynch Syndrome.

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ASCRS endorses ASGE guidelines for safety in gastrointestinal endoscopy unit
The Executive Council has approved endorsement of specific guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit developed by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

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American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Washington Update:
ACS fights sequestration cuts, advocates Medicare physician payment system reform
United States Capitol This article was developed by the Advocacy and Health Policy Division of The American College of Surgeons for ASCRS News.

Sequestration (automatic spending cuts)

  • Despite ACS opposition, sequestration cuts took effect, including a two percent reduction in Medicare physician payments and graduate medical education (GME) funding . . .

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Committee seeks nominations for Executive Council, Honorary Fellows
The Nominating Committee invites members to submit recommendations for the following seats on the Executive Council for 2014-15:President-elect; Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; and Members-at-Large.

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Registration open for 2014 Annual Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, May 17-21
ASCRS Logo We invite you to join us May 17-21 in Hollywood, Florida for the 2014 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting. The program will take place at the beautiful Westin Diplomat Hotel, located along the beach in South Florida. Over 1,500 surgeons are expected to attend.

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