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Registatration is now open for the 2017 ASCRS Scientific Annual Meeting, June 10 - 14 in Seattle, WA. This year's meeting is also a Tripartite Meeting, which provides you with the opportunity to meet and learn from distinguished colorectal surgeons from around the world.

This module will give an overview of the common sexually transmitted diseases of the anus and rectum.

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

The Sherman Prize -- Recognizing Excellence in Crohn's Disease and Colitis

Is one of your peers making exceptional and pioneering contributions in the fight to overcome Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis? Consider nominating them for the Sherman Prize – the first prize of its kind to recognize health care providers, medical researchers, public health advocates and educators who are advancing patient care, medical research, public service, and professional/public education in the field of IBD.

Intersphincteric resection (ISR) is a surgical approach that allows resection of low lying rectal cancers that abut or invade the sphincter complex while avoiding the creation of a permanent stoma. While removing a portion of or the entire internal anal sphincter, the goal of therapy is complete extirpation of the cancer while preserving the external sphincter for anastomosis and preservation of continence through the anal canal. The critical considerations revolve around cancer outcomes (local and distant recurrence rates), as well as bowel function/continence.

This is a discussion of recent literature regarding colonoscopy in the elderly and a review of recent guidelines for performing screening colonoscopy in the elderly.

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

This module describes the safe techniques for the extraction of foreign bodies that are retained after transanal insertion.

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

  • Approach the work-up for a patient with a retained rectal foreign body.
  • Determine which approach is optimal: transanal versus transabdominal.
  • Utilize safe techniques for transanal extraction.

As a Core Subject, this module is eligible for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This module serves as an update on foreign bodies for colorectal surgeons.

This module will discuss the management of anal fissure with either BOTOX® injections or lateral internal sphincterotomy.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

Deep postanal infections/fistula are a complex area often misunderstood. This module reviews the available literature on the topic from diagnosis, anatomy to treatment including strategies to prevent recurrence and complications. As a Weekly Curriculum module, it is eligible for 1  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This module discusses the preoperative processes for the local, regional and metastatic staging of rectal cancer. This module is eligible for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.

We are sad to report the passing of a long-time friend and ASCRS Fellow Dr. Leela Madhavareddy Prasad who passed away on Dec. 12 at the age of 72. Dr. Prasad was a member of the Society since 1982 and served as ASCRS Vice President from 2003-2004. He will be greatly missed.