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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:
    In conjunction with DDW2015
    May 15-19, 2015
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    The 56th Annual Meeting runs May 15 – 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week® (DDW), the world's leading educational forum for academicians, clinicians, researchers, students and trainees working in gastroenterology, hepatology, GI endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and related fields.

    Registration and Housing
    SSAT member registration and housing for the 2015 Annual Meeting is now open at the DDW Website. Register before the Early Bird deadline of April 1, 2015, and registration is only 135 USD (and complimentary for Candidate SSAT members).

    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 New Award Deadlines Approaching

    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

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

    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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