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ASCRS webinars are for member surgeons who are interested in learning more about topics related to colorectal diseases, treatment and surgery. The webinars are presented live by subject matter experts and are complimentary as part of your ASCRS membership. Enjoy interaction with the presenters in a live format or view the entire webinar after the event on your schedule. These brief, yet extremely informative, web-based education sessions are accessible after the event through CREST®.

Accreditation

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
 

Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars for upcoming 2018 ASCRS webinars. 

  • Surgical Site Infection -- February 15, 2018 Register Today!
  • Management of AIN: Is There a Correct Approach ? -- June 21, 2018
  • Management of Metastatic Colon Cancer -- September 20, 2018
  • Surgical Treatment of IBD in the Era of Biologics: Ileal Pouches and Pouchitis -- November 8, 2018

2018 Webinars

Surgical Site Infection

Moderated by: Christopher Mantyh, MD
Speakers: ​I. Emre Gorgun, MD, and Najjia Mahmoud, MD 

Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:00 p.m. Eastern EST

This ASCRS webinar will examine the significant problem of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) in colorectal surgery.  A discussion on how to measure the rate, as well as efforts to methods to reduce the SSI rate, will be conducted. The use of bundles, the importance of a multidisciplinary team, and financial benefits (and potential penalties) will also be discussed. 

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the magnitude of surgical site infection in colorectal surgery.
  • Identify how to measure and track SSIs.
  • Fix SSI problems in colorectal surgery.
  • Identify the biggest barriers in fixing SSIs in colorectal surgery.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

Dr. Christopher Mantyh: Becton Dickinson: Honorarium, Consulting, Speaking, Advisory Committee

Dr. I. Emre Gorgun: Boston Scientific: Consulting Fee, Consulting

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Dr. Najjia Mahmoud
 


Archived Webinars

Management of Diverticulitis in 2017
Moderated by Janice Rafferty, MD
Speakers: Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, and Jason Hall, MD
Original webinar date: November 9, 2017

This webinar reviewed current strategies for the evaluation and management of the patient with diverticular disease in both the acute and elective clinical setting. The role of surgery in the management of diverticular disease has evolved, with signifcant changes in the algorithm for indication, timing and choice of surgical interventions. The option to utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques has impacted the surgeon’s approach and the patient’s willingness to undergo intervention for diverticular disease. Longstanding recommendations for management of both uncomplicated and complicated diverticulitis have been challenged and were reviewed and debated during this webinar.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain when surgical intervention is indicated.
  • Explain non-operative management strategies.
  • Realize the role of minimally invasive interventions.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Janice Rafferty: LifeCell, Honorarium, Speaking (spouse); Novadaq, Honorarium, Speaking.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD
Jason Hall, MD

 

Robotic Surgery: What is the Future?
Moderated by Alessio Pigazzi, MD
Speakers: Amir Bastawrous, MD, and Vincent Obias, MD 
Original webinar date: Sept. 14, 2017

This webinar discussed the background of robotic colon and rectal surgery, the need for robotic surgery in our field, and touch on recent publications central to robotic colon and rectal surgery. It also focused on future robotic platforms that may affect the field of colon and rectal surgery.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of robotics in colon and rectal surgery.
  • Explain recent literature associated with robotic colon and rectal surgery.
  • Recognize upcoming robots that may be useful in colon and rectal surgery.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Alessio Pigazzi: Medtronic, Honorarium, Teaching; Ethicon, Honorarium, Teaching

Dr. Vincent Obias: Intuitive Surgical, Consulting fee, Teaching

Dr. Amir Bastawrous: Intuitive, Honorarium, Speaking, Teaching

This program is not eligible for CME.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): What Really Matters?
Moderated by Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Speakers: Stefan Holubar, MD, and Julie Thacker, MD
Original webinar date: July 20, 2017

Enhanced recovery pathways (ERPs) have evolved significantly since initially described about 18 years ago. The name change from “Fast-Track Pathways” alone complements the emphasis on improving how the patient does. Other evolutions have increased the collaboration between providers, so that ERPs embody a collaboration between surgeons, anesthesiologists and nursing to maximize patient recovery. Whilst the best results have not improved hugely over those published 15 years ago, what has changed is that more centers and teams are able to use these pathways with more consistency, helping us approach the concept of “high-reliability” medicine. Most ERPs reduce hospital stays by two of more days, reduce non-surgery related complications and reduce the resources required to provide care. Increasingly over the last five years, studies report patients well enough to be discharged within 24 hours of surgery, demonstrating the dramatic changes accomplished in the last two decades. This webinar reviewed the current state of pathways for enhancing recovery after surgery.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recall the background to enhanced recovery protocols.
  • Describe the methods of application of enhanced recovery protocols.
  • Identify the improvements in outcome after surgery using enhanced recovery protocols.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Conor Delaney: Merck, Consulting Fee, Speaking; Recto Pharma, Consulting Fee, Consulting

Dr. Julie Thacker: Medtronic, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Edwards LifeScience, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Mallinckrodt, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Pacira, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Merck, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking

Dr. Stefan Holubar: Emmi, Pacira, Mallikrodt, The Medicines Co., Trevana, Honorarium, Advisory Council; ASER Guide to Enhanced Recovery for Abdominopelvic Surgery, Royalty, Editor, Expert Witness, Consulting Fee, Consulting

 

Management of Complex Anal Fistula Disease
Moderated by Maher Abbas, MD
Speakers: Jean Ashburn, MD, and Joshua Bleier, MD
Original webinar date: May 11, 2017

This webinar used case illustrations to highlight complex anal fistula disease and to delineate work-up, management, and various treatment options. 

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the most common classification of anal fistula.
  • Delineate work-up options.
  • Discuss various treatment options.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Joshua Bleier: Medtronic: Honorarium; Cook Biotech: Honorarium, Teaching

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Maher Abbas, MD
Jean Ashburn, MD

 

Surgery for Crohn's Disease

Moderated by: Scott Strong, MD 
Speakers include: David Dietz, MD, and Alessandro Fichera, MD
Original webinar date: February 8, 2017

Available in CREST®, this webinar focused on the different surgical approaches available for treatment of Crohn's disease throughout the G.I. tract. Speakers also discussed the indication for surgery, as well as the medical management before and after surgery in regard to long-term outcomes.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the medical optimization in the preoperative settings.
  • Discuss the different surgical strategies and adapt them to the different segments of the G.I. tract.
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary interaction between surgery, gastroenterology, radiology and wound and ostomy nurses.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
David Dietz, MD
Alessandro Fichera, MD
Scott Strong, MD
 

Fecal Incontinence

Moderated by Andreas Kaiser, MD 
Speakers included Tracy Hull, MD, and Dana Sands, MD 
Original webinar date: December 8, 2016

Available in CREST®, the webinar discussed that fecal incontinence affects a large number of patients, is widely underreported and often undiagnosed by physicians. The impact on quality of life can be devastating.  Traditional treatments with antimotility agents, bulking agents, biofeedback, and sphincteroplasty (in appropriate cases) leave many patients still having significant problems.  This webinar will focus on the management of patients with fecal incontinence, with an emphasis on appropriate diagnosis and the use of newer treatment options for this vexing problem.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the work up for fecal incontinence.
  • List three nonsurgical treatments for fecal incontinence.
  • List the surgical options and when they should be considered.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Andreas Kaiser - Olympus: Honorarium, Speaking; McGraw Hill: Publisher, Royalty, Author; Uptodate: Royalty, Review Panel

Tracy Hull: Elsevier: Royalty, 2011 Editor of Board

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Dana Sands, MD
 

Management of Rectal Cancer in the 21st Century

Moderated by Kyle Cologne, MD 
Speakers included James Fleshman, MD, and David Larson, MD 
Original webinar date: September 14, 2016

Now available in CREST®, the webinar presenters – Drs. James Fleshman and David Larson – explained the technical "how-tos" of high quality rectal cancer surgery and discussed implications for the future - including the role of laparoscopic surgery.  A Q&A session followed the presentation.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:  

  • Explain techniques that will allow for a safer, more complete resection for rectal cancer.
  • Identify quality issues in rectal cancer surgery.
  • Distinguish oncologic principles of rectal cancer surgery.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Kyle Cologne: Olympus: Course Faculty, Consultant

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
James Fleshman, MD
David Larson, MD


Socioeconomic Update: What the Future Holds

Moderated by David Margolin, MD
Speakers included Frank Opelka, MD and Guy Orangio, MD
Original webinar date: June 22, 2016


Now available in CREST®, this webinar focused on Healthcare reform which is an ongoing issue. In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in 2015 repealed the SGR and passed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Reauthorization Act. These reforms have paved the way for unprecedented changes in healthcare access, delivery and payment. During the webinar, Drs. Frank Opelka and Guy Orangio explained the impact of this groundbreaking legislation on the practicing physician.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
David Margolin, MD
Frank Opelka, MD
Guy Orangio, MD