Spring 2016  

ASCRS Congratulates New Committee Members, Highlights Latest Efforts

2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting Featured SpeakersCommittees are a vital part of the Society’s work, and the ASCRS is pleased to spotlight the work of three of our committees in this issue of the newsletter. To view all of our committees, visit the Leadership and Committees page on our website.

Quality Assessment and Safety Committee
Chair: Dr. Larissa Temple
The Quality Assessment and Safety Committee is working hard to identify ways to provide value to ASCRS members in the following ways:

  1. Representation of ASCRS at key organizations
    We are actively monitoring and participating in organizations evaluating quality associated to colorectal surgery. While we are a relatively small society, we have worked hard to get a voice at the table of key organizations to ensure that colon and rectal surgeons are represented. We have ASCRS members on the NQF Surgery Steering Committee which reviews all surgical measures for CMS endorsement as well as the NQF CSAC and are nominating individuals to the Cancer Committee. We are active participants with the ACS in both the SQA and Performance Measurement Workgroup which are developing quality measures for all surgeons including ASCRS members. While working closely with the ACS and their extensive staff, we are ensuring that the ASCRS has a voice at the table for quality measurement in surgery.
  2. Informing Membership
    1. 2016 Symposium
      We have a symposium on Sunday, May 1, entitled "Effective Quality Measurement in Diverse Settings" designed to show how quality improvement efforts are performed in diverse settings.
    2. Rectal Cancer Checklist
      Through work performed by the committee since 2011, we are pleased to have developed a Rectal Cancer Checklist that is available on line and soon to be published in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. It was designed to be a living document that will be amended/edited every 6 months by the Quality Assessment and Safety Committee. We are also beginning to explore possible ways to transition this checklist to electronic platforms such as EPIC and handheld devices.
    3. Email Blasts
      We have committed to sending ASCRS members information about two quality issues in 2016 via email. Our first email blast was focused on initiatives by the ASCRS for improving the optimal treatment of rectal cancer, as well as information about the most recent trials. In the fall, we will be sending an email blast on enhanced recovery after surgery programs and their impact on improving quality of care for our patients
    4. Website updating
      We will be reviewing the 2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting program and identifying sessions and abstracts that relate to quality improvement.

Young Surgeons Committee
Chair: Dr. Anjali Kumar
The Young Surgeons Committee addresses the issues and concerns of aspiring colon and rectal surgeons and members who finished their colon and rectal surgery residencies within the past eight years. The committee’s goal is to build a community of engaged young surgeons, and to help achieve that, the committee has developed sessions aimed at this demographic for presentation at the 2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting. This year’s highlights include the return of the Young Surgeons Symposium, a mock orals session for current residents and recent graduates, and a young surgeons networking event that will be held immediately after the Welcome Reception.

Regional Society Committee
Chair: Dr. Marc Sher
The Regional Society Committee recently completed a survey to determine what challenges each regional society is currently facing. Regional societies have traditionally played an important role in education, professionalism, and activism for ASCRS members. Survey results indicated that training, financial assistance and collaboration are necessary for the societies to be successful in the future. The committee also plans to create a best-practices manual to help regional societies increase membership, improve educational programming and achieve economic stability.

“The survey is just an initial step in gathering data and organizing the regional societies, thereby enticing young members and fellows to remain active in the society locally and help reinforce our commitment and loyalty to the ASCRS nationally,” Marc Sher, MD, chair, says.

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