Spring 2017  

President’s Message
Tripartite Meeting Brings Colon and Rectal Surgeons from Around the World to Seattle

Dr. Patricia RobertsBy Patricia L. Roberts, MD

The Tripartite Meeting is quickly approaching, and I invite you to join colleagues from around the world for an excellent scientific and social program June 10 - 14 in Seattle, WA. We welcome our Tripartite organizations – the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, the Section of Coloproctology of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Colon and Rectal Surgery Section, the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand and the European Society of Coloproctology.

The Program Committee, led by Dr. Rocco Ricciardi, chair; Drs. Anjali Kumar and Sonia L. Ramamoorthy, vice chairs; and Dr. James Keck, international liaison, has put together a comprehensive program including hands-on workshops on advanced robotics, taTME, AIN and HRA, rectal prolapse and many more. For additional meeting highlights, please view our invitation video.

ASCRS Membership Survey

In December, we completed a comprehensive membership survey. The survey results were utilized during the Strategic Planning Meeting of the Executive Council on March 4-5, 2017. Highlights of the survey include:

  • A total of 579 surveys were completed (18% response rate).
  • The membership status of respondents was 46% fellows, 36% members and 9% candidates.
  • Of the respondents, 34% are employed at a university medical center, 22% are in a private practice, 18% are in a group practice and 17% are in a hospital-owned practice.
  • Members join the ASCRS for professional and personal growth, access to professional information and education and to be a part of a community of peers.
  • More than 83% of survey respondents are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their ASCRS membership.
  • Respondents consider the Annual Meeting and DC&R Journal to be the most important membership benefits.
  • 39% of respondents requested additional online education programs and 30% requested more hands-on skills courses.
  • The most significant professional challenges of respondents were work/life balance (41%), dealing with regulations, record keeping requirements (37%) and declining reimbursements (30%).
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