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American Board of Abdominal Surgery

May 2010

The 48th Clinical Congress centered around hands-on virtual training at University of South Florida, using simulators for single-port, laparoscopic cholecystectomy on pig livers. This was a wonderful opportunity as the attendees were given the chance to practice new techniques in a supervised, clinical setting.

Complementing that days training were lectures in: Increasing the Relevance of LESS Surgery; LESS Cholecystectomy; Foregut Surgery; Lessons Learned from 500 LESS Operations – Access, Instrumentation and Imaging.

Adding to this exceptional day, our physicians were recruited to assist in the testing of a new “Subclavial w/pulse” IV Simulator by placing a central line. They were then asked to give their opinion as to its realism and practicality as a teaching tool for Residents.

Rounding off the first day of our conference were three live-feed surgeries; LESS Nissen Fundoplication; Laparoscopic Reduction of Hiatal Hernia & Fundoplication; and a LESS Nissen/Heller procedure.

Dr. Alexander S. Rosemurgy, II, MD was awarded this year’s Distinguished Service Award by ASAS for his accomplishments and tireless dedication to patient care, endless teaching and research, as well as, his friendship and support of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons’ CME endeavors.

Saturday and Sunday’s schedule was extensive, covering – Improving Outcome with Antireflux Surgery; Unexpected Findings at Celiotomy/ Laparoscopy; Diseases/Disorders of the Spleen & Surgery; Increasing the Talent Pool in Surgery; Achalasia Stage Impacts Outcome After Heller Myotomy; N.O.T.E.S.; Peptic Ulcer Disease – Gastric/ Duodenal Ulcers; Gastric Cancer; Esophageal Diseases/Disorders – Perforation & Bleeding; Impacting Co-Morbidities of Patients – Age, Cirrhosis, Smoking; Inguinal Hernia Repair & Videos; Incisional Hernia Repair & Videos; Incisional/Ventral Hernia Repairs & Videos; Recurrent Hernias & Videos/Q&A; Advances in Colorectal Cancer; Laparoscopic Approaches to Colorectal Diseases; Ulcerative Colitis – Operative Considerations & Approaches; Indications & Surgery for Crohn’s Disease; Parathyroid Surgery; Thyroid Surgery; Endocrine Surgery Cases/Q&A.

A cocktail banquet held at the close of Saturday’s session, afforded the physicians the opportunity to relax a bit, mingle and discuss much of what had been learned over the past two days. The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons’ continuing medicaleducation program has been re-accredited by ACCME and holds a four year accreditation until 2013.

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33RD Hepato-Biliary Symposium
November 5th – 7th, 2010

49TH Clinical Congress
April 15th – 17th, 2011

34TH Hepato-Biliary Symposium
November 4th – 6th, 2010

The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for Physicians. The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons is approved by the AMA/CME to grant Category1 credits towards the Physician's Recognition Award of its educational endeavors.

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