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December 2001

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The 26th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium

The 26th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium, scheduled for November 9-11, 2001 in Tampa, Florida was canceled following the horrendous and tragic events of September 11, 2001 and its sequelae. An excellent program was prepared by Professor Alexander S. Rosemurgy II and his Department of Surgery. The entire day of Friday, November 9, was to be held at USF - Tampa General Hospital. The day was to start at the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center for registration, followed by transportation to the Tampa General Hospital with Grand Rounds and lectures. The afternoon was to be Real Time procedures for 4 hours, narrated by Professor Lewis Flint, M.D. Refreshments and Lunch was planned at Tampa General with return to the Study Center at 5:00 pm. Portions of this 26th Hepato-Biliary Symposium will be presented at the 43rd Clinical Congress.

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The 43nd Clinical Congress

The 43nd Clinical Congress will be held at
the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center
Corner E. Fowler and Malcolm McKinley Avenues
Tampa, Florida
May 3 - 5, 2002

Wingate Inn
3751 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 979-2828, FAX (813) 977-1818

Room Rate:
$72/day plus applicable taxes

The Wingate Inn offers a complimentary expanded hospitality breakfast,
fitness center, outdoor pool and indoor whirlpool, free 24-hour business center with computer printer, FAX, and copy machine, complimentary high-speed Internet access available in every guest room. It is also the newest hotel in the area. The rate of $72/day is guaranteed through April 20, 2002. Make your reservations early. Also, remind your friends, colleagues and other Fellows to attend the 43rd Clinical Congress.

Dates to Remember are:
43rd Clinical Congress, May 3-5, 2002
Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center
Tampa, Florida

27th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D.
Hepato-Biliary Symposium, November 1-3, 2002
Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center
Tampa, Florida

Mark your calendar for the above two dates of AMA/PRA, 20 Hours CME credits of Category 1. The 43rd Clinical Congress will be exciting, stimulating and enlightening.

Friday, May 3rd will be a presentation by Professor Alexander S. Rosemurgy, II and his USF Department of Surgery. It will cover highlights of the 26th Hepato-Biliary Symposium.

Saturday, May 4th will be Mayo Clinic morning. Dr. Santhat Nivatvongs will address Pre-operative Adjuvant Chemo-radiation for Rectal Carcinoma. His second presentation will be Current Management of Early Colo-Rectal Carcinoma. Dr. Philip Metzger will discuss Diagnosis and Screening Aspects for Colo-Rectal Cancer and Surgical Treatment of Colo-Rectal Cancer. The afternoon session on Colo-Rectal Malignancies, will be presented by two of the top Colo-Rectal Specialists; Dr. Paul Sugarbaker of the Washington DC Cancer Institute and Dr. Brendan Moran of North Hampshire Hospital, Hampshire, UK.

Sunday, May 5th will pit your diagnostic skills, technical excellence and outcomes against Paul Sugarbaker, M.D. and Brendan Moran, M.D. The format was mentioned in the SURGEON of June 2001. It will be informal, with audience participation anticipated.

The Attendee is to have with him the following information pertinent to his "case" presentations of Colo-rectal cancer:
   Age, sex, pertinent semiotics, laboratory findings, findings at surgery,    operative procedures, pathology reports and outcome.

The Attendee will make his presentation, the moderator will offer critique and suggestions and the attendee(s) is (are) expected to participate.

Early registration is the key to success to any meeting - CME especially. Room rates at the Wingate Inn is $72.00 plus tax/day.

Jesus I. Garcia, M. D. and Conrad Miranda IV, M.D. are co-Chairs for the Fund Raising Committee of the ABAS. You should be hearing from them soon. Be generous. It's for you and only you!

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays!

See you in Tampa in May 2002.

Again, please register early!

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Medicare fees for physicians are being reduced 5.4%

Immediate action is needed to stop this Physician Pay-cut. Please call 1 800 833-6354! This is the number to the AMA Grassroots Hotline. Call to receive more information and be patched through to your Senators. Urge your Senators to support S. 1707, the Jeffords-Breaux "Medicare Physician Payment Fairness Act of 2001." Call your Representative to urge him/her to cosponsor and support the soon-to-be-introduced Bilirakis-Brown bill. For more information, connect with the AMA Web-site in Washington DC:

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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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