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President's Message

President’s Message from Robin S. McLeod, M.D.
Winter 2013 Message

Robin S. McLeod SSAT President
Robin S. McLeod
SSAT President
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!

First of all, Nic Vauthey and the members of the Program Committee have created another great program for the SSAT 55th Annual Meeting at DDW 2014. There are a range of symposia including the joint symposia with the other societies, paper sessions and featured speakers covering a wide range of topics that will be of interest to all GI surgeons. The annual MOC Course will be entitled “The General Surgeon Performing GI Surgery: Current Management of Benign and Malignant Foregut Diseases.“ The course is structured to provide an overview of the management of benign and malignant foregut diseases which will be of particular value to those who are recertifying this year. The day will end with a video session showing some of the latest techniques and procedures as well as management of complications. CME with Self-Assessment credits (for part 2 of MOC) will be available in conjunction with the annual MOC course.

The MOC Committee launched the SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios earlier this year. 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 different cases currently available:

  1. A 60 year-old man with colon cancer
  2. A 52 year-old man with abdominal pain and vomiting
  3. A 74 year-old woman with a large hiatal hernia
  4. A 49 year-old woman with abdominal pain and weight loss
  5. A 52 year-old woman with jaundice
The scoring system for the virtual patient cases compares your patient management decisions to current standards defined by SSAT experts. Successful completion of an individual case currently grants multiple AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment, good towards fulfilling the ABS’ Maintenance of Certification Part 2 requirements. For complete details on the SSAT Virtual Patient Scenarios visit the SSAT website and try a free demo online today.

Under the direction of Matt Hutter, Chair of the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Committee, the SSAT is collaborating with five other GI societies to develop a metric for assessing quality for complex GI surgery which can be used to inform and rive quality improvement.

The SSAT Public Policy and Advocacy Committee are developing an SSAT Advocacy website. The website will allow SSAT members to be effective advocates for their surgical patients and surgical practices. This easy-to-use Advocacy website will allow members to contact their local or federal representatives on issues identified by the SSAT leadership or of personal concern with the click of a button. The Society is excited to launch this new service early in 2014.

A new SSAT committee is the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The SSAT has committed to actively engage and extend necessary resources to enhance all manner of diversity for the betterment of our members and patients. Specific priorities are being identified by the committee but this will be important for our society as well as our profession.

While I have mentioned the work of only a few of the committees, all are to be congratulated on the work they continue to engage in. If you would like to become a member of one of the committees, please contact the SSAT because we have a self-nomination process for membership on committees.

Lastly, you can learn more about the SSAT activities by visiting our website ssat.com or following us on twitter or on Facebook.

Previous Messages

2012-2013 President, Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD

2011-2012 President, John G. Hunter, MD

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