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Jeffrey B. Matthews Chair, SSAT Board of Trustees

Robin S. McLeod, SSAT President
Jeffrey B. Matthews
Chair, SSAT Board
of Trustees
Robin S. McLeod
SSAT President

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New SSAT Residents Corner Launched

The SSAT Resident Education Committee has officially launched the SSAT "Residents Corner". The Residents Corner includes: a video-blog highlighting areas of interest for surgical trainees looking to focus on a career in gastrointestinal surgery; opportunities for residents to participate in various society activities; and featured resident events. Visit the Residents Corner today and share this exciting new resource with trainees in your institution!

55th Annual Meeting in Conjunction with Digestive Disease Week® 2014

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The 55th Annual Meeting runs May 2 – 6, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week® (DDW). Recognized as one of the top 50 medical meetings by the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association, DDW is the world's leading educational forum for academicians, clinicians, researchers, students and trainees working in gastroenterology, hepatology, GI endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and related fields.

The Preliminary Program with abstracts—including complete Poster Sessions with abstracts—is now available online!

Preliminary Program

Registration and Housing
SSAT member registration and housing for the 2014 Annual Meeting is now open at the DDW Website. Register before the Early Bird deadline of March 26, 2014, and registration is only 95 USD (and complimentary for Candidate SSAT members).

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SSAT Maintenance of Certification Course

Download Brochure The 2014 SSAT Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Course, "The General Surgeon Performing GI Surgery: Current Management of Benign and Malignant Foregut Diseases", will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, during the 55th Annual Meeting and in conjunction with DDW. This year’s course will focus on the management of diseases of the stomach and esophagus as well as bariatric surgery. This course will explore the evidence that supports the management of these disorders, and experts will provide a “How I Do It” approach to their subject areas. The format will be a mix of didactic sessions, a video session with experts providing commentary, a debate, and finally a session where experts will discuss the management of common and not so common clinical problems in a case-based format. Each participant will be required to complete both a pre- and post-course test prior to claiming either CME Credits with Self-Assessment (good towards fulfilling Part 2 Maintenance of Certification requirements for surgeons) or Certificates of Attendance. Supplement your Annual Meeting registration by signing up for the 2014 MOC Course, for which SSAT members receive preferred rates. Register for the SSAT MOC Course through the DDW Website by the Early Bird deadline and avoid a 50 USD increase in MOC Course registration fees. You may also register for just the SSAT MOC Course, and Early Bird registration is complimentary for Candidate SSAT members.

SSAT Advocacy Website Now Active

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.

Special Offer for New SSAT Active Members:
Join the SSAT and Save!

Each Active membership applicant who:

  1. Completes his/her application (including receipt of the sponsor’s recommendation) by March 26th;
  2. Is then favorably reviewed and duly elected by the Membership Services Committee; and
  3. Attends the 55th SSAT Annual Meeting at DDW 2014 in Chicago, Illinois this May 2-6, 2014,
will receive a 95 USD rebate off of his/her 2015 SSAT membership dues. That’s an amount equal to the Early Bird registration fee for the Annual Meeting at DDW!

Learn more about the benefits of Active members here and apply online today at http://join.ssat.com/.

President's Message from Robin S. McLeod, M.D

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...

SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios
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 discounted 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 cases—including purchasing information—visit the SSAT Virtual Patient Scenarios webpage, where you will also be able to watch a short video introduction and access a demo case. More...

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 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
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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