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Robin S. McLeod
Chair, SSAT Board
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Fabrizio Michelassi
SSAT President

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    SSAT 56th Annual Meeting: Save the Date!
    In conjunction with DDW2015
    May 15-19, 2015
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    To see what happened at the 2014 SSAT Annual Meeting click here.

    DDW 2015 Member Registration and Housing

    DDW 2015 Member Registration and Housing NOW open with added benefits for 2015! Members-only registration (for members of AASLD, AGA, ASGE and SSAT)
    is now open. Save at least $100 when you register by April 1, 2015.

    Announcing the New JOGS Online CME Program

    The SSAT now offers CME credits through the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery! The JOGS Online CME Program is a benefit for SSAT Members in good standing, who can gain access to JOGS and the CME program through the SSAT Members Only Area.

    The Society currently offers the following two Journal articles, each good for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self assessment:
    • Current Status of Management of Malignant Disease: What Are The Options for Premalignant Lesions of the Esophagus and Stomach?
    • Perforations of the Esophagus and Stomach: What Should I Do?

    Click here to learn more about the new JOGS online CME Program.

    SSAT Announces New Awards

    SSAT Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Developing Nations
    The SSAT established the new Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Developing Nations to promote interaction among surgeons working in developing countries and members of the SSAT as well as to provide learning opportunities that surgeons in developing countries might not have otherwise. Two surgeons working in developing countries will each be awarded a Traveling Fellowship so s/he can attend DDW and also visit one or two institutions in the United States or Canada, hosted by an SSAT member over a two-week period.
    Deadline: January 9, 2015

    SSAT Health Care Disparities Research Award
    The new Health Care Disparities Research Award assists in the development of young faculty members engaged in disparities research in digestive diseases. The SSAT award of $20,000 per year for two years is meant to support health disparities/diversity investigators within 10 years of faculty appointment. The supported research should be focused on health care disparities research. This includes, but is not limited to, investigating the effect on race/ethnicity, access to healthcare, socio-economic status, gender, age, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation on health care outcomes and developing methodology to decrease these disparities.
    Deadline: February 27, 2015

    SSAT Mentored Research Awards
    The Mentored Research Award is a one-year research fellowship award that will be provided to support the second or third year of research being conducted by a resident or fellow in the research program of an SSAT member. Applications from individuals who have spent at least six months working as a full time research fellow will be judged based on quality of the research proposal, applicant, research environment, and preliminary accomplishments in the period to date in the lab. Up to two awards will be provided annually in the amount of $25,000 each to help defray support costs, such as salary, direct expense, etc. Research programs in clinical and translational research, outcome and health services research, and basic science investigation are eligible for consideration.
    Deadline: March: 13, 2015

    SSAT Writers Workshop Scholarship
    The SSAT Writers Workshop Scholarships provide further education on the writing and revising of journal manuscripts as well as the submission process. Each scholarship includes tickets to attend the SSAT Writers Workshop Parts I & II at the SSAT Annual Meeting held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week 2015 in Washington, DC.; reimbursement for roundtrip coach air transportation expenses, up to $500; one night’s hotel accommodations (room and tax) at the SSAT headquarters hotel; and reimbursement for an amount equal to the recipient’s DDW Early Bird registration category. Preference will be given to residents and fellows as well as surgeons within their first five years of practice, but all SSAT members are encouraged to apply.
    Deadline: February 13, 2015

    For complete details on all of the SSAT awards, fellowships and scholarships click here.

    The SSAT International Relations Committee presents the "How I Do It" Series, featuring videos provided by distinguished surgeons from around the world on specific topics. The 2014 "How I Do It" Video Series focuses on gastric cancer surgeries from Argentina, China, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Prof Ernst J.M. Klar, MD, SSAT International Relations Committee Chair, introduces the series in the first video, followed by surgical videos, and finally summarized by International Relations Committee Member Jiping Wang, MD, PhD. Click here to view the “How I Do It” Video Series”.

    SSAT Advocacy Website

    The SSAT Advocacy website gives all U.S. members and supporters of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract the tools and opportunity to be strong advocates for their surgical practices, their patients, their staff, and their colleagues. The SSAT remains committed to advancing the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive diseases and has now added this advocacy piece to strengthen its mission. Click here to learn more about SSAT issues and how you can get involved.

    SSAT Foundation

    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 SSAT's current initiatives: the Career Development Award for young faculty members (through donations to the unrestricted General Fund); the Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award; and the Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award.

    SSAT Members can donate online in the Members Only area of the SSAT Website; non-members may download the Donor Form.

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