The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract is excited to announce its new CME with self-assessment offering: 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 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 first day of spring 2013 left Chicago with 21 degree weather but, fortunately no more snow. With the arrival of spring, the agenda and program are being finalized for the Annual Meeting of the Society, which will be held during Digestive Diseases Week in Orlando, FL from May 17-21. I hope that if you have not already registered, you make your travel and hotel reservations promptly at www.ddw.org. Orlando is easily assessable by non-stop flight from so many airports around the globe. Orlando is, of course, the ultimate family-friendly destination, and there are many offerings in the social program for spouses, partners, and kids. Visit the DDW2013 Visit Orlando website for more information. More...
The 54th Annual Meeting runs May 17 – 21, 2013, in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week, the most prestigious event in the field of digestive diseases.
The Preliminary Program with abstracts—including complete Poster Sessions with abstracts—is now available online!
Download the Abstract Supplement ( 2.6 MB).
Registration and Housing
SSAT member registration and housing for the 2013 Annual Meeting is now open at the DDW Website. Please note: SSAT Active members in good standing at the time of the 2013 Annual Meeting (i.e., with annual dues paid up through and including 2013) who attend DDW will have a 95 USD credit applied to their 2014 dues.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Orange County Convention Center
The 2013 SSAT MOC Course, "Evidence Based Treatment of Colorectal Diseases", is the third in a three-year cycle of courses that will help fulfill Part II Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for surgeons. The course will be divided into six sessions: Colorectal Cancer; Inflammatory and Infectious Bowel Disease; Pelvic Floor and Related Disorders; Lunch at the Movies; Colorectal Emergencies; and New Technologies and Techniques. Each participant will be required to complete both a pre- and post-course test prior to claiming CME Credits and Certificates of Attendance.
Register for the MOC Course, for which SSAT members receive preferred rates. You may also register for just the SSAT MOC Course without registering for the the entire Annual Meeting at DDW.
In 2012 the SSAT Membership soared to over 3,000 members, the largest in the Society's history. With the newly installed SSAT Strategic Plan the Society will continue to grow and meet the needs of its expanding membership. Make sure you remain a part of the SSAT and renew your dues online today!
You may pay your dues online in 3 simple steps:
- Log into the Members Only Area of the SSAT Website
- Enter your Username and Password
- Finally, click on the "Online Dues Renewal" link to retrieve a copy of your invoice and pay your dues. After paying, you will receive an email confirmation.
The 2013 Public Service Award recipient is Mr. Joseph Nadglowski, in recognition of his role as President and CEO of the non-profit Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). Some of Mr. Nadglowski’s achievements include: advocacy for patients suffering with obesity; launching Your Weight Matters Magazine, a premier source for the latest information on obesity education, advocacy and weight bias; promoting obesity awareness, increased treatment options, and eradication of weight bias; and coalescing a community organization with a professional GI society to promote GI surgery. The SSAT will recognize Mr. Nadglowski at the Opening Session of the SSAT 54th Annual Meeting, on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, during Digestive Disease Week.
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:
- 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.