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Webinars | ASCRS

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

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): What Really Matters?
July 20, 2017, 7:00 pm CDT

Moderated by Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Speakers: Julie Thacker, MD, and Stefan Holubar, MD

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 will review the current state of pathways for enhancing recovery after surgery.

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

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

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons designates this activity for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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.

 

Robotic Surgery: What is the Future?
Sept. 14, 2017, 7:00 pm CDT

Moderated by Alessio Pigazzi, MD
Speakers: Vincent Obias, MD, and Amir Bastawrous, MD


This webinar will briefly discuss 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 will also focus on future robotic platforms that may affect the field of colon and rectal surgery.

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

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

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons designates this activity for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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.

 

Management of Diverticulitis in 2017
Nov. 9, 2017, 7:00 pm CST

Moderated by Janice Rafferty, MD
Speakers: Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, and Jason Hall, MD

During this webinar participants will review 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 will be reviewed and debated during this webinar.

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

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

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons designates this activity for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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.

Registration for this webinar is coming soon.

 

Archived Webinars

Management of Complex Anal Fistula Disease
 

Moderated by Maher Abbas, MD
Speakers: Jean Ashburn, MD and Joshua Bleier, MD

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, you should be able to:

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

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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
 

Now 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.

Identification of conflicts of interest has been resolved.

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

 

Management of Rectal Cancer in the 21st Century

Moderated by Kyle Cologne, MD 
Speakers included David Larson, MD and James Fleshman, MD
 

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.

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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
 


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.

Identification of conflicts of interest has been resolved.

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

 

Fecal Incontinence

 Moderated by Andreas Kaiser, MD 
 Speakers included Dana Sands, MD and Tracy Hull, MD


Now 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.

Identification of conflicts of interest has 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