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.
Registration and Housing
SSAT member registration and housing for the 55th Annual Meeting are now open! Register before the Early Bird deadline of March 26, 2014 and registration is only 95 USD (and complimentary for Candidate SSAT members). The SSAT headquarters hotel is the Fairmont Chicago. However, any DDW attendee may stay there, so rooms do fill up fast.
Join the SSAT and Save!
Each Active membership applicant who:
- Completes his/her application (including receipt of the sponsorís recommendation) by March 26th;
- Is then favorably reviewed and duly elected by the Membership Services Committee; and
- Attends the 55th SSAT Annual Meeting at DDW 2014 in Chicago, Illinois this May 2-6, 2014,
Learn more about the benefits of Active members here and apply online today at http://join.ssat.com/.
The SSAT is currently accepting applications for its 2014 SSAT Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada. The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning among SSAT members within the United States or Canada. Preference will be given to those in private or hospital-based community practice, but all surgeons within the U.S. or Canada are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for the DeMeester Traveling Fellowship is Friday, February 28, 2014.
For complete details on the SSAT Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada please click here.
This report includes:
- SSAT Foundation Co-Chairs' Message
- SSAT Foundation History
- 2013 Career Development Award Recipients
- 2013 Invited Speaker Sessions at the SSAT Annual Meeting
- 2013 Traveling Fellowships
- 2013 Master Educator and Clinician Awards
- New Mentored Research Awards
- Major Gifts Honor Roll
- Giving Opportunities
2013 was a great year for the SSAT Foundation. We ask that you please consider the SSAT Foundation as you make your charitable donations in the future. More...
I am very honored to have been elected President of the SSAT and pleased to provide you with an update on the activities of the Society. Since the Strategic Plan that was developed in 2011 the committees have been rejuvenated and supported to take on new initiatives. After sitting in on all of the committee meetings during the ACS Clinical Congress, I can assure you they are busy! More...
Earn CME Credits with Self-Assessment; Fulfill MOC Part 2 Requirements for Surgeons
The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract now offers CME with self-assessment through its SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios. These Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios are realistic clinical decision-making exercises that allow you to order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as you would in actual practice. The scoring system for the virtual patient cases compares your patient management decisions to current standards defined by SSAT experts. There are five cases available, each available at a discounted rate for SSAT Members. Successful completion grants AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment, good towards fulfilling MOC Part 2 requirements for surgeons.
For complete information on the five casesincluding purchasing informationvisit the SSAT Virtual Patient Scenarios webpage, where you will also be able to watch a short video introduction and access a demo case. More...
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 Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award; the Career Development Award for young faculty members (through donations to the unrestricted General Fund); and the Residents and Fellows Research Conference held at the time of the SSAT Annual Meeting (through donations to the restricted Research Conference Fund).
The purpose of the unrestricted Rikkers Fund is twofold:
- To help the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education by advancing the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease; and
- To honor an outstanding surgical clinician at the SSAT meeting at Digestive Disease Week via presentation of an annual Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award.