Fall 2015  
  • Los Angeles will offer meeting attendees an exciting array of entertainment and dining options to explore after educational sessions conclude for the day.
  • Sunny more than 300 days a year, LA offers endless sightseeing opportunities for family members of all ages to enjoy while you attend sessions.
  • World-class concert halls and entertainment venues are just one reason to extend your stay and enjoy the city.

Excitement Mounts for the 2016 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting

By Kirsten Bass Wilkins, MD, Program Chair, Joshua Bleier, MD and Scott Steele, MD, Program Vice Chairs

Drs. Kirsten Wilkins, Joshua Bleier and Scott SteeleThe 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles is still five months away, but the Program Committee has been hard at work for many months pulling together what we believe will be the strongest ASCRS meeting yet. If you plan to attend an educational conference this year, you will want to mark your calendars for April 30 – May 4, 2016, to take part in this exciting program.

Last year’s meeting in Boston broke all records for overall meeting attendance and for the number of abstracts submitted. Building on that momentum, the Program Committee has developed a meeting that emphasizes diversity and features a number of offerings we are very excited about, including:

  • All-new symposia, workshops, and sessions, including
    • Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision Hands-On Workshop and Didactic Symposium
    • Ventral Rectopexy Workshop
    • Mock Oral Symposium for current colorectal residents
    • Research Symposium designed to help focus your academic pursuits
    • Rectal Cancer Accreditation Symposium
    • Comprehensive symposium encompassing the recent seminal trials for minimally invasive and robotic approaches for rectal cancer
    • Social Media Symposium
    • An International Symposium that will be a joint Spanish-speaking session co-chaired by Drs. Adrian Ortega (Latin American Association of Coloproctology) and Michael Spencer
    • Familial Feud, a session in which a group of senior colorectal surgeons competes against a group of colorectal surgeons who are newer to the field on the management of common colorectal conditons.
  • Perennial favorites will continue, including the fecal incontinence and high-resolution anoscopy workshops, minimally invasive workshops, advanced endoscopy symposium, core subjects update, laparoscopic nuts and bolts and robotic rivets, best videos symposium, after-hours debates, new technology symposium, scientific abstract sessions, and ePosters, to name a few.

With ASCRS President Dr. Charles Littlejohn’s encouragement, we have strived to plan a diverse program with course directors and speakers invited from all over the country and from a broad range of practice settings. We invite everyone to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday to catch up with friends and colleagues. The Dinner Dance will be held on Tuesday evening – and because it is LA, you never know if someone famous might show up! Los Angeles is a vibrant city with a tantalizing array of cultural experiences and fantastic restaurants to explore after educational sessions conclude.

Registration will open in January, so keep an eye out for emails with more information about the full program and how to register. We look forward to seeing you in May!

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