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American Board of Abdominal Surgery

May 2011

The 49th Clinical Congress of ASAS got off to a fast pace with our attendees viewing live, interactive surgery from Tampa General Hospital. Performed were a Laparoscopic Colectomy for early stage cancer, an Open Whipple-Resection of the Pancreatic Head, as well as, a Splenectomy for hemolytic anemia on an unhealthy patient w/severe hypertension and heart issues and finally, a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.

Following lunch, the doctors moved to the Simulation Laboratory and where assisted by Dr. Michael Albrink, Dr. Sharona Ross, Christine Airey, RN and a simulation laboratory technician with hands-on task training exercises in Intestinal Anastomosis. This made for a very busy Friday with two more days to go!

Saturday’s lectures included a plethora of subject matter; Incisional Hernias – Many Types; Ulcer Surgery in 2011; Perioperative Management of Anticoagulants & Why?; Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism – Diagnosis & Treatment; Endovascular Surgery; Surgery for Aneurysms; The Epidemic & Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma; The Role of TIPS in 2011; The Basics of Healthcare Risk Management: Improving Patient Safety by Focusing on Strategies & Solutions to Minimize Medical Error; Pelvic Floor Anatomy for General Surgeons; Rectovaginal Anatomy & Repair of Rectocele, concluding with Uterine Prolapse & Laparoscopic Repair/Correction.

Our cocktail banquet for attendees and their guests at the commencement of Saturday’s session is always a “meet and greet” for socializing, as well as, a time for sharing and discussion of the day’s topics.

Sunday’s session started with lectures on Benign Anorectal Disorders – New Therapies; Inflammatory Bowel Disease – An Update; Diverticulitis – A New Look at an Old Problem; Evolving Concepts with Rectal Cancer Treatment and lectures on Unexpected (Hepatic, Pancreatic, Ovarian) Findings at Celiotomy and The A,B,C’s of GERD, Including Experience with LESS Surgery – Discussions and Q & A rounded out the morning for our Noon adjournment.

Dr. Michael H. Albrink is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award, presented at the 49th Clinical Congress, April 15, 2011. Dr. Albrink received this award for his outstanding educational and training abilities, along with his efforts and support of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeon’s in its endeavor to bring the most current data, techniques and the highest quality of education and instruction to physicians attending our conferences and symposiums.

The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons (ASAS) has always been recognized as a subspecialty organization by AMA and holds two seats in their House of Delegates. Recently, the Society participated in a Five Year Review and met all AMA requirements, thus retaining these two seats in the AMA House of Delegates.

Dr. Ahmad Taha passed his certifying examination at the 33rd Hepato-Biliary Symposium this past November and is now Board Certified by the American Board of Abdominal Surgeons. Dr. Audencio Alanis, a long time member of our organization, was Re-Certified by ABAS at this same meeting. Congratulations to both doctors on their accomplishments.

Our committees were asked for nominations for officers and volunteers for committees in advance of the conference and members attending were asked at the opening of this meeting. The voting took place and for the positions open, our new officers are: Michael P. Tessler, MD – President; and James P. Carey, MD – Vice President.

Because of a decrease in attendance over recent years, we are limiting our live conferences to one annually. We intend to maintain the highest quality and multiplicity of our courses to include live surgery and periodic laboratory task training exercises and this is costly. We are moving the Clinical Congress to November 4 – 6, 2011, as the fall seems to be a more convenient time for most surgeons and attendees. Please extend invitations to any colleagues you think may want to attend a “world class” conference (as stated by attendees) and earn 20 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits. If, in the future, we feel it to be cost effective, we would very much like to introduce the Hepato-Biliary Symposium back into our agenda.

We are not alone in this decrease of attendance, as other societies and medical organizations have expressed their concerns for decline in membership and conference attendance.

ASAS is working to broaden our audience and increase its membership, as well as, attendance at these conferences – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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50TH Clinical Congress
November 4 – 6, 2011

51ST Clinical Congress
November 2 – 4, 2012

52ND Clinical Congress
November 1 – 3, 2013

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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