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Editor: Demostene Romanucci, MD

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December 2002

In this issue:

27th HepatoBiliary Symposium

The 27th N. Frederick Hicken, M. D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium was the best attended meeting of the last several years.

Professor Alexander Rosemurgy II, M. D. and his Surgical Department of the University of South Florida, Tampa presented an excellent program which met our needs assessment and individual requests utilizing our evaluation forms of the attendees and the lecturers along with the perceived needs of the Surgical Education Committee.

The program discussed acute pancreatitis and its effects, and chronic pancreatitis, its challenging and frustrating problems.

Cystic lesions of the biliary tree, diagnosis and treatment were presented along with an excellent discussion on non-hepatic surgery in patients with liver diseases.

An exceptional lecture was given by Patrick Brady, M. D. on choledocholithiasis and benign biliary obstruction, its manifestation, diagnosis, therapy along with benign biliary strictures and stent replacement.

Dr. Brady also discussed palliation of malignant biliary obstruction, its diagnosis, therapy and the use of metal versus plastic stents and problems one encounters with their use.

Dr. Lewis Flint made an excellent dissertation on retroperitoneal trauma. His discussion of hepatitis and blood borne risks for surgeons was a reminder of the problems they pose for patients and also for health care providers.

Dr. Michael Albrink dealt with laparoscopic (minimally invasive surgery), surgery of hepatic cysts, splenic and liver surgery and the prevention and treatment of bile duct injuries.

Dr. Emmanuel Zervos discussed the non-resectional approaches to liver tumors and regional chemotherapy for hepato-biliary malignancies.

Alan J. Durkin, M. D. received the Resident's Research Award for his paper, "Which Shunt is Best."

Spirited discussions by all parties ensued following each lecture. Questions from the audience were also entertained during the presentations.

Professor Rosemurgy and I discussed the possibility of bringing together all of the past recipients of the ASAS Resident Research Award, having a one-day session during the next (28th) N. Frederick Hicken, M. D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium November 7 - 9, 2003.

Maintaining your continuous surgical education has been a cornerstone of the ASAS since its founding in 1959. It was restated three years ago (item #7) in the Quality Activities Committee and is also a requirement for the Diplomate's certification. It has been the position of the ASAS and of the ABAS that the preponderance of CME credits be in one's specialty. It is no longer an undirected, free-wheeling accumulation of credits.

Currently, the American Medical Association (CPPD - Continuing Physician Professional Development), the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) require that more than half of one's CME's be in that specialty.

How many credits of Category 1 are required for an ASAS Fellow on a yearly basis? Fifty Category 1 Credits with over twenty-five (25 credits) in abdominal surgery.

The JCAHO requires that at hospitals and healthcare organizations it accredits, physicians with clinical privileges document their CME. JCAHO accepts, subject to their review, correctly completed PRA applications (and stamped "Approved" by the AMA) as viable evidence of physician compliance with JCAHO's CME requirements (Physician's Recognition Award, Requirements for Accredited Providers: Version 3.2).

It is also to be noted, all Category 1 credits obtained through an accredited organization (ASAS) by an individual is to be kept on file for a period of six years by that organization.

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The 44th Clinical Congress

The 44th Clinical Congress of the ASAS will be held at the Hilton Miami Airport and Towers in Miami, Florida. The Hilton Shuttle picks you up at the Airport and takes you directly to the Hotel, at no charge, about every twenty to thirty minutes.

See you in Miami in May 2003.

Again, please register early.

Remember to specify... American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.

The 44th Clinical Congress American Society of Abdominal Surgeons will be held at the:
Hilton Miami Airport and Towers
Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, Florida
May 2-4, 2003

PRA: Category 1
Credit: 20 hours

The Hilton Miami Airport and Towers
5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126
(305) 262-1000, FAX (813) 977-1818

Room Rate:
$122/day plus applicable taxes

$770 including continental breakfast, refreshments, two lunches and dinner dance ($75 charge for dinner dance guests)

The rate of $122/day is guaranteed through April 15, 2003. Make your reservations early. There will be no refunds of tuition after April 15, 2003.

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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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