I am very honored to have been elected President of the SSAT and pleased to provide you with an update on the activities of the Society. Since the Strategic Plan that was developed in 2011 the committees have been rejuvenated and supported to take on new initiatives. After sitting in on all of the committee meetings during the ACS Clinical Congress, I can assure you they are busy! More...
Registration and Housing
SSAT member registration and housing for the 55th Annual Meeting opens at the DDW Website on January 8, 2014.
The deadline for the 2014 SSAT Career Development Award, Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award, and Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award is Friday, January 3, 2014. The SSAT is currently accepting applications for all of its 2014 research grants, traveling fellowships, scholarship opportunities, and honorary awards. Please visit the SSAT Awards webpage for complete details all of the 2014 SSAT Awards.
Earn CME Credits with Self-Assessment; Fulfill MOC Part 2 Requirements for Surgeons
The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract now offers CME with self-assessment through its SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios. These Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios are realistic clinical decision-making exercises that allow you to order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as you would in actual practice. The scoring system for the virtual patient cases compares your patient management decisions to current standards defined by SSAT experts. There are five cases available, each available at a term0611unted rate for SSAT Members. Successful completion grants AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment, good towards fulfilling MOC Part 2 requirements for surgeons.
For complete information on the five casesincluding purchasing informationvisit the SSAT Virtual Patient Scenarios webpage, where you will also be able to watch a short video introduction and access a demo case. More...
The SSAT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. The Foundation was established in 2000 to help the Society achieve its ongoing mission to advance the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease. Research and education remain the cornerstone of fulfilling that mission, and the Foundation seeks to support the SSATís current initiatives: the Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award; the Career Development Award for young faculty members (through donations to the unrestricted General Fund); and the Residents and Fellows Research Conference held at the time of the SSAT Annual Meeting (through donations to the restricted Research Conference Fund).
The purpose of the unrestricted Rikkers Fund is twofold:
- To help the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education by advancing the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease; and
- To honor an outstanding surgical clinician at the SSAT meeting at Digestive Disease Week via presentation of an annual Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award.