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A News Bulletin published by the Foundation for Abdominal Surgery,
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Editor: Demostene Romanucci, MD

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December 2000


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The 25th N. Frederick Hicken, MD Symposium

The 25th N. Frederick Hicken M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium was very successful. Registration was up and the speakers were excellent. The topics were directly relevant to the attendees’ clinical activities. Our educational activities will only get better! Dr. Mark Bloomston, Resident in Surgery at the University of South Florida, was the recipient of the Resident’s Research Award presented by the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons for his presentation "Pancreas Divisum, Management Schemes". The paper should appear in Abdominal Surgery, Fall 2001.

The Society acknowledges the contribution made to the success of the 25th N. Frederick Hicken MD Hepato-Biliary Symposium by Santhat Nivatvongs, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, Philip Metzger, MD, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Mark McKenney, MD of the University of Miami, Alexander S. Rosemurgy II, MD and Staff of the University of South Florida, Eric Romanucci, MD of Rankin Medical Center, Brandon, Mississippi, Frederick J. Cole, Jr., MD of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Kathryn Benesch, Esq of the Archer and Greiner Law Firm, Princeton, New Jersey and Douglas W. Klotch, MD of the University of South Florida. They were all outstanding.

The Surgical Education Committee of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons requested, the Executive Committee accepted, and the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons approved installation of a DSL line into the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center. This will permit us to bring on-line ("Real Time") procedures from anywhere in the United States and Canada so equipped, or from the world, for that matter. We hope to have the DSL set-up by September 2001 and in use for the 26th Hepato-Biliary Symposium in November 2001.

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The 42nd Clinical Congress

The 42nd Clinical Congress of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey from Monday, May 7, 2001 to Thursday, May 10, 2001.

Headquarters Hotel and Meeting Rooms:
Holiday Inn/Boardwalk
Chelsea Avenue and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
TEL: 800-548-3030
        609-348-2200

Check-In time: Sunday, May 6, 2001 @ 2 p.m.
Check-Out time: Thursday, May 10, 2001 @ 1 p.m.
Room Rate: $80.00/day plus applicable taxes
Make Reservations early (before 4/20/2001)

Registration before 3/20/2001
$625.00/Fellows $725.00/Non-Fellows

Registration 3/21/2001 and after
$650.00/Fellows $750.00/Non-Fellows

Registration at Desk
$700.00/Fellows $800.00/Non-Fellows
Registration must be accompanied by payment of tuition in full or you are not registered.

Dinner Dance, May 9, 2001: $100.00/person

Refund Policy:

Before 4/01/2001: Full refund
From 4/01/2001—4/21/2001: $50 processing fee
After 4/21/2001: No refund

Music for the Dinner Dance will be provided by the same band (The Executives) that played at the last Atlantic City activity. It was super!

Tuition includes:
American Breakfast: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Light Breakfast: Thursday Light Lunch: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Morning and afternoon refreshments

At the 42nd Clinical Congress, the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons will have an on-site Activity Survey by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, lasting two or possibly three days, to accredit the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons permitting the Society to provide CME and qualifying to grant the AMA Physician Recognition Award credit hours. The Director of CME and Staff have submitted a Self Study Report to the ACCME which will be used at/for our Survey. It is to be noted the Surveyors from the ACCME will be meeting with the members of the ASAS Surgical Education Committee. We should get a full four-year Accreditation, possibly some exemplary citations.

Faculty for the 42nd Clinical Congress will be from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, University of North Carolina, University of Miami, University of South Florida, Shouldice Clinic, Toronto, Canada, Medical College of Georgia, Medical College of South Carolina, Washington Cancer Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands, representation from the AMA Board of Trustees (Donald Palmisano, M. D.) and an attorney representing an HMO. All of this will make for an educational experience and enlightenment you will not want to miss.

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Announcements

• The 26th N. Frederick Hicken, M. D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium will be held November 9-11, 2001 in Tampa, Florida.

• The ASAS was re-accredited as a recognized Specialty Society by the AMA for a period of five years with representation in the House of Delegates.

• Professor Rosemurgy reminded the attendees that his department will offer Fellowships to any of the ASAS Fellows for a period of one week or longer. The only requirement is that this Fellow present his practice experiences.

REMINDER: Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she has spent in the educational activity.

See You In Atlantic City!

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The ASAS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for Physicians. The ASAS takes responsibility for the content, the quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.


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