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Claim Your Spot in These ASCRS 2019 Workshops

In addition to the many informative sessions available to you when you register for the 2019 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, ASCRS will offer several workshops that require additional registration. Maximize your educational experience at the meeting with these hands-on learning opportunities. See which workshops interest you and reserve your seat before space fills up.

Online Registration Closed on Thursday, May 16. Please Register Onsite at the Annual Meeting.

If you have not yet registered for the meeting,you must do so when you register for these workshops.
Make sure you have renewed your membership to get the member rate!

Advanced Robotics Hands-on Workshop
Saturday, June 1, 7:00 am – Noon
CME Credit Hours: 5
Member Fee: $670
Non-Member Fee: $800
Limit: 20 participants

This workshop will offer the practicing surgeon a highly customized and procedure-oriented cadaver-based experience that demonstrates state-of-the-art techniques employed in a variety of colorectal operations. Get hands-on access to the newest FDA-approved robotic systems on cadaveric platforms. Learn more.

Advanced Methods for the Management of Rectal Prolapse Symposium and Workshop
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
CME Credit Hours:
 Up to 8 Total
Member Fee: $670
Non-Member Fee: $800
Limit: 20 participants
Lunch included

Didactic Session Only: $25 (7:30 am – Noon)

Rectal prolapse is a relatively common debilitating condition with both functional and anatomic sequelae. Ventral rectopexy (VR) is the current gold standard for treatment of rectal prolapse in most countries outside of North America. VR is technically demanding, requiring a complete ventral dissection of the rectovaginal septum (rectovesical in men) down to the pelvic floor and suturing skills within a confined space that further maximizes the difficulty. Formal training programs in VR can help to avoid complications and improve outcomes. Learn more.

Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) Symposium and Workshop
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
CME Credit Hours: 
Up to 8 Total
Fee: $1,175
Limit: 16 participants

Lunch included

Didactic Session Only: $25 (7:30 am – Noon)

Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) has recently emerged as a promising novel minimally invasive alternative in the surgical treatment of rectal cancer. The taTME hands-on workshop is intended to train high-volume rectal cancer surgeons with expertise in minimally invasive TME and transanal endoscopic surgery. The workshop will provide a comprehensive review of rationale, indications, surgical techniques, results and limitations of taTME. Each surgical team will perform taTME on one platform with laparoscopic assistance. Learn more.

Young Surgeons Mock Orals and More Workshop
Saturday, June 1
Residents/Fellows-in-Training Track:
 12:30 – 5:00 pm
Physicians in Practice Track: 12:30 – 5:30 pm
CME Credit Hours: Up to 5
Candidate Member Fee: $50
Member Fee: $160
Non-Member Fee: $215
Limit: 45 participants per Track

To achieve certification by The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, a candidate must pass a written examination and an oral examination. This workshop aims to prepare candidates for these examinations and address critical needs of current fellows and recent graduates. There will also be a mini-symposium with topics related to board review, transition to practice, academic success, and transition of careers. This mini-symposium will be tailored to the participating tracks, i.e. current ACGME fellows or those physicians in practice applying for board certification. Learn more.

Question Writing: Do You Know How to Write the Perfect Exam Question?
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

CME Credit Hours: 3
No Charge (Registration Required)
Limit: 70 participants

Despite looking straightforward, it is extremely difficult to write a good exam question. Many concepts are controversial and what is not controversial can become trivial. This is a skill that can be learned and improve with practice. Learn more.

Advanced Endoscopy Symposium and Hands-on Workshop
Sunday, June 2, 7:30 – 11:30 am
CME Credit Hours:
 Up to 3.75 Total
Member Fee: $670
Non-Member Fee: $800
Limit: 24 participants
Didactic Session Only: $25 (7:30 – 9:15 am)

There has been significant expansion of new techniques and instrumentation for advanced endoscopic procedures. These techniques broaden our ability to perform more complex procedures in a much less invasive way. As colorectal surgeons, we are uniquely positioned to adopt these techniques and to lead in this field. This important educational session will provide the basis for the meaningful implementation of newer endoluminal techniques and improve their patients’ colorectal care. Learn more.

Critical Review of Scientific Manuscripts Symposium
Sunday, June 2, 8:00 – 9:30 am
CME Credit Hours:
 1.5
No Charge (Registration Required)
Limit: 100 participants

This symposium is aimed at two groups:

1. Present and prospective reviewers for Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

2. The practicing surgeon who wants to increase his/her critical appraisal skills.

Through an interactive symposium we will explore the most common study methodologies, identify appropriate questions for each, identify the advantages and disadvantages and the common mistakes in study conduct, reporting and conclusions. We will also explore essential resources for additional learning in this area. Learn more.