SAGES http://www.sages.org Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Fri, 22 May 2015 18:12:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Resident Education Discussion for Candidate Board Membershttp://www.sages.org/member-discussion/resident-education-discussion-for-candidate-board-members/ http://www.sages.org/member-discussion/resident-education-discussion-for-candidate-board-members/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 18:31:46 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47939 Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.

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SAGES Welcomes New Board of Governors, Officers and President Dr. Brian Dunkinhttp://www.sages.org/blog/sages-welcomes-new-president-dr-brian-dunkin/ http://www.sages.org/blog/sages-welcomes-new-president-dr-brian-dunkin/#respond Thu, 14 May 2015 21:12:32 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47862 Advancing Telementoring and Improving Outcomes to be Top Priorities The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) announced the election of Brian J. Dunkin, M.D., as President on April 18th as part of the SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Dunkin is the Head of Surgical Endoscopy at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, […]

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Advancing Telementoring and Improving Outcomes to be Top Priorities

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) announced the election of Brian J. Dunkin, M.D., as President on April 18th as part of the SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Dunkin is the Head of Surgical Endoscopy at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Medical Director of the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE) – a comprehensive education and research institute. He is also Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and the John F., Jr. & Carolyn Bookout Chair in Surgical Innovation & Technology.

“I am humbled by the honor of serving as SAGES President for the upcoming year,” said Dr. Dunkin. “The energy and unique ideas created by our membership are unlike any other organization and I am committed to fostering that vitality into meaningful initiatives that serve our members and their patients well.”

Dr. Dunkin will lead two new SAGES initiatives aimed at improving patient care. The first is focused on organizing the society’s work in the quality and outcomes landscape by holding a SAGES Quality Summit in Washington D.C., May 15-16, 2015. There, multiple stakeholders in the field will come together to share their work. The Quality, Outcomes, and Safety Committee will use this information to map out SAGES’ strategy for contributing uniquely to the quality landscape. The second initiative will focus on advancing the field of telementoring – having the ability to mentor a surgeon in one’s own operating room through the early part of their learning curve. Current audio-visual technology enables this type of interaction over distance in a meaningful way and SAGES has created a Telementoring Task Force to leverage collective knowledge and push this field forward. The Task Force is holding a Project 6 Summit in Los Angeles, August 20-22, 2015, where stakeholders in the field will convene to map out strategies to advance the field.

Dr. Dunkin has been a member of the SAGES Board of Governors since 2006 and Chairs the Flexible Endoscopy Committee. He was the Program Chair for the SAGES 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, and serves on the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Program, Open-to-MIS, and Finance and Assets Committees. Dr. Dunkin’s areas of research and publication include simulation in healthcare, measurement of procedural skills, techniques in minimally invasive surgery, endolumenal surgery, biliary endoscopy, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal physiology.

Additionally, Daniel J. Scott, M.D., has been elected President-Elect of SAGES. Dr. Scott is the Executive Director at the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He holds the Frank H. Kidd, Jr. MD Distinguished Professorship in Surgery and is Professor and Vice Chair of Education for UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Surgery.

Also joining the SAGES Board this year will be Drs. Robert Lim, Paresh Shah and Patricia Sylla.

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SAGES Quality Summit Meetinghttp://www.sages.org/slider/sages-quality-summit-meeting/ http://www.sages.org/slider/sages-quality-summit-meeting/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:39:03 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47483 SAGES Quality Summit Meeting May 15 – 16, 2015, 2015 Grand Hyatt, Washington DC Meeting Goals: 1. Determine the challenges and potential solutions for the development and implementation of quality initiatives in health care, 2. Define the role of surgical & endoscopic societies as facilitators in this process, 3. Inspire society-driven patient-centered quality efforts, 4. […]

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SAGES Quality Summit Meeting May 15 – 16, 2015, 2015 Grand Hyatt, Washington DC

Meeting Goals:
1. Determine the challenges and potential solutions for the development and implementation of quality initiatives in health care,
2. Define the role of surgical & endoscopic societies as facilitators in this process,
3. Inspire society-driven patient-centered quality efforts,
4. Establish new relationships and collaborations to advance the field of quality in surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy.

15-May-15TopicSpeakerOrganization
7:30 AMIntroductions and objectives of the SummitBrian Dunkin, MD, Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, and Benjamin Poulose, MD
Quality 2015Moderators: Anne Lidor, MD and Bradley R Davis, MD (ASCRS)
7:50 AMNational Quality Foundation present and futureHelen Burstin, MDNational Quality Foundation
8:10 AMThe Changing Quality Landscape and Hospital Value Based Purchasing- Linking Quality and Cost in Delivery System ReformLemeneh Tefera, MDCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services
8:30 AMHow quality changes affect surgeonsFrank  G. Opelka, MDAmerican College of Surgeons
8:50 AMTransition from fee for service to fee for performance; challenges and opportunitiesRoger Ray, MDCarolinas Health
9:10 AMDiscussion
9:40 AMBreak
KEYNOTE: Maryland Experience
10:00 AMClinical Quality and Outcomes from a Population Health PerspectiveJosh M. Sharfstein, MDJohn Hopkins
10:30 AMQuestions
Imperative for Changes in quality: how can societies help?Moderators: Brian Dunkin, MD and William Richardson, MD (SSAT)
10:45 AMRegulator perspectiveLemeneh Tefera, MDCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services
11:05 AMPatient PerspectiveDiane PinakiewiczPatient Safety Advocate
11:25 AMHospital System perspectivePascal R. Fuchshuber, MDKaiser Permanente
11:45 AMDiscussion
12:00 PMLUNCH
15-May-15TopicSpeakerOrganization
Quality Initatives in Surgery and Endoscopy (Challenges and Opportunities)Moderators: Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD and Rebecca Minter, MD (AHPBA)
1:00 PMSTSDavid Shahian, MDSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
1:20 PMACSFrank Opelka, MDAmerican College of Surgeons
1:40 PMASGEJonathan Cohen, MDAmerican Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
2:00 PMASMBSStacy Brethauer, MDAmerican Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
2:20 PMDiscussion
3:00 PMBreak
Quality Improvement is all about the quality of collected dataModerators: Benjamin K. Poulose, MD
3:30 PMImpact of quality metrics on avoiding healthcare associated infections and other surgical complicationsDarryl Gray, MDAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality
3:50 PMHarnessing Data to Drive Quality ImprovementBimal Shah, MD &/or Carolyn ScottPremier, Inc.
4:10 PMEducation as a driver of quality improvementLouis Diamond, MDAlliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
4:30 PMDiscussion (45 min)
5:15 PMEnd of Day One RemarksBrian J. Dunkin, MD
6:30 PMDinner at local restaurant
16-May-15TopicSpeakerOrganization
Recollections from Day One
8:00 AMSummary from Quality 2015 sessionAnne Lidor, MDSAGES
Summary from Imperative for Change sessionBrian J. Dunkin, MDSAGES
Summary from Quality Initatives in Surgery/Endoscopy sessionDimitrios Stefanidis, MDSAGES
Summary from Quality Improvement data sessionBenjamin Poulose, MDSAGES
Update on work being done by SAGESModerator: Brian J. Dunkin, MD
9:00 AMUpdate on:Intersociety Complex GI Surgery MetricRepresentative to ABS
Rep to RUC
Rep to CPT
Surgical Quality Alliance
AMA house of delegates
ACS Board of Governors Rep.
ACS GSAC
ACS PAC
Fellowship Council
Invited but not yet confirmed
11:00 AMBreak
11:15 AMDiscuss SAGES strategyAll
12:00 PMConclusion

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SAGES University Video Contest Winners Announcedhttp://www.sages.org/slider/sages-university-video-contest-winners-announced/ http://www.sages.org/slider/sages-university-video-contest-winners-announced/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:44:33 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47336 SAGES is pleased to announce that Miranda Forbes and Megan Rutkai, in partnership with Dr. Adrian Park and his team at the James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center, are the official winners of the SAGES University Video Contest.  Dr. Park, SAGES 2nd Vice President, and his team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, collaborated with South River […]

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SAGES U WinnersSAGES is pleased to announce that Miranda Forbes and Megan Rutkai, in partnership with Dr. Adrian Park and his team at the James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center, are the official winners of the SAGES University Video Contest.  Dr. Park, SAGES 2nd Vice President, and his team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, collaborated with South River High Schools “Global Communications and Public Affairs” program out of Annapolis Maryland to develop and produce their  video. In response to the request, the school connected the two high school sophomores with the team.

AAMC Internship Awards Certificate & Check Megan Rukai and Miranda Forbesand will also be presented at the SAGES meeting:

More about SAGES University:

  1. 100% of SAGES University Alumni recommend it to other SAGES Members!
  2. SAGES University is a free educational tool available at http://university.sages.org/ to SAGES members only.
  3. SAGES University courses offer self-assessment credits, which may be used towards fulfilling Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

Video Credits:

  • Special thanks to South River High School’s “Global Communications and Public Affairs” Signature Program  (Anne Arundel County Maryland) for partnering with Dr. Park on this effort.
  • Technical Advisors:  Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center, and Hamid “Reza” Zahiri, MD,  Linda Lamon, MS,  South River HS
  • Executive Director, Editor & Producer: Megan Rutkai, South River HS
  • Writers: Megan Rutkai, South River HS, Miranda Forbes, South River HS, Kevin Keegan, South River HS, Ivan George, Anne Arundel Medical Center/ Earl SAIL Center
  • Corresponding Author:  Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center
  • Music/Art/Camera Director:  Miranda Forbes, South River HS
  • Site / Effect Director: Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center
  • Narration: Emil Gallina

Actors:

Arian Park , MD                 Adrian Park
“Reza” Zahiri, MD              Primary Fellow
Udai Sibia, MD                   Cake baker
Keith Terry                         Anesthesiologist
Ann Casamento                Yoga participant
Ivan George                      Yoga participant
Abby Mandelblatt              hallway student

Site:

Shot at The James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center of the Anne Arundel Medical Center of Annapolis MD

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Top Surgeons to Convene for SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting, April 15th – 18thhttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/top-surgeons-to-convene-for-sages-2015-annual-meeting-april-15th-18th/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/top-surgeons-to-convene-for-sages-2015-annual-meeting-april-15th-18th/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:14:08 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47268 The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy, FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes Panel Discussion and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Among Topics Featured – Once a year the world’s top surgeons convene to advance the future of minimally invasive surgery at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). According to Dr. L. Michael Brunt, SAGES […]

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The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy, FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes Panel Discussion and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Among Topics Featured –
Once a year the world’s top surgeons convene to advance the future of minimally invasive surgery at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). According to Dr. L. Michael Brunt, SAGES President, “This year’s meeting, ‘Promoting a Universal Culture of Innovation, Safety and Improved Outcomes in GI Surgery,’ will continue a long-standing tradition of strong didactic sessions by experts, combined with exploration of innovative technology and medical breakthroughs in the fields of general, upper GI, colorectal, endoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive surgery (MIS).” The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN, April 15th though April 18th.Chaired by Drs. Aurora Pryor and Michael D. Holzman, the meeting will be jointly held with the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and will highlight approaches to GI disease in a pediatric and adolescent population. It will also feature the SAGES Military Surgical Symposium. The conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 surgeons and allied health professionals and will include hands-on courses and scientific sessions on various advances in MIS and tours of the learning center with new simulators and simulations scenarios.The exhibit hall will feature the latest equipment and instruments in the field, many of which are debuted at the meeting. Additionally, as part of SAGES mission to promote global collaboration and exchange of knowledge, multiple sessions will be webcast to over 21 countries worldwide to over 2,000 participants in partnership with other leading surgical organizations.  A Mini Medical School for high school students, featuring robotic helicopters and video games that help decrease errors, will allow students to show that they have the “right stuff” to join the future ranks of laparoscopic surgeons.In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant superbugs at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, SAGES has added a new panel titled “FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes” to be chaired by President-Elect Dr. Brian Dunkin and SAGES Member Dr. Michael Kochman. “This panel will cover issues surrounding high-level disinfection of duodenoscopes, how surgeons can recognize potential endoscope infection transmission issues and steps that can be taken to prevent future transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms by a reprocessed instrument,” said Dr. Dunkin.Additional conference highlights will include: Wednesday, April 15th:

  • FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes
  • Current Common Dilemmas in Colorectal Surgery
  • Lessons Learned from Around the World
  • Peri-Operative Care – Evidence Based Practice in 2015
  • Inguinal Hernia Debates
  • Colorectal Strategies to Minimize the Impact of Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery – Balancing Innovation and Quality
  • GI Cancer Management

Thursday, April 16th:

  • The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy
  • Open to MIS – What is Taking Us So Long?
  • Humanitarian Lecture, “Global Surgery: Levering Laparoscopy to Improve Overall Surgical Care” with Keynote Speaker Dr. Horacio Asbun
  • Karl Storz Lecture “No Shortcuts to the Top-Climbing the World’s Highest Peaks” with Keynote Speaker Ed Viesturs
  • Avoiding Bile Duct Injury and Other Untoward Outcomes
  • Adolescent Bariatric Surgery – What Every Surgeon Should Know (joint with IPEG)

 Friday, April 17th:

  • Adolescent Achalasia
  • Presidential Address “A SAGES Magical Mystery Tour” with Keynote Speaker Dr. L. Michael Brunt
  • Gerald Marks Lecture “Surgical Residency Redesign:  What Needs to Change?” with Keynote Speaker Frank Lewis
  • Debates on Quality and Technology in Healthcare
  • Maximizing Patient Care in Emergency General Surgery
  • SAGES SMART™ Program
  • Lessons Learned from Military Surgery

Saturday, April 18th:

  • SAGES Mini Medical School Boot Camp and Interactive Experience
  • Building and Optimizing a Surgical Practice
  • Simulation and Telerobotics – Partnering with the Military

For more information about the 2015 meeting visit www.sages2015.org or download the SAGES 2015 Meeting App from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store or as a native Kindle Fire App.

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SAGES 2015 Medical Student Scholarship Award Winnershttp://www.sages.org/slider/sages-announces-2015-medical-student-scholarship-award/ http://www.sages.org/slider/sages-announces-2015-medical-student-scholarship-award/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=45922 Award-Winning Essays from SAGES 2015 Medical Student Scholarship Program Congratulations Marc Olivier Duverseau, Collin Howser and Cypriana Koziak, winners of SAGES 2015 Medical Scholarship Award Program! For the third consecutive year, SAGES Membership Committee successfully administered the Medical Student Scholarship Award program that offers participating medical students attending medical schools in the United States and […]

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Award-Winning Essays from SAGES 2015 Medical Student Scholarship Program

Congratulations Marc Olivier Duverseau, Collin Howser and Cypriana Koziak, winners of SAGES 2015 Medical Scholarship Award Program!

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For the third consecutive year, SAGES Membership Committee successfully administered the Medical Student Scholarship Award program that offers participating medical students attending medical schools in the United States and Canada the chance to meet, network, and attend educational courses alongside experienced surgeons attending SAGES annual meeting.

This year 69 medical students submitted their personal essays in a competition to win three awards that provided complimentary meeting registration, a check in the amount of $2,000, an award certificate, and recognition during the meeting. The essays were outstanding. The Membership Committee is delighted to share the top essays with you.

Essay #1: Third Year Medical Student, Marc Olivier Duverseau, Ross University School of Medicine

Being from Haiti, I have grown up taking nothing for granted in life. I was brought up with the mindset that whatever you want in life, you must ardently persevere to obtain it. In January 2010, a terrible earthquake devastated my home country. The damage was unimaginable and the pain and agony I felt inside were even worse. Although I was attending college in Florida at the time, I went back as soon as possible to assess with my own eyes what had truly happened. Words will never be enough to explain what I saw. Thankfully, my father is an Orthopedic Surgeon, and my mother is an Anesthesiologist, and so I was able to get deeply involved with helping the population in need. The amount of patients and the diversity of their problems were like nothing I had ever seen before. Diagnoses ranged from simple fractures, to mutilated limbs and body parts, to hanging appendages. Such an event can truly scar one for life. By then, my decision to become a surgeon later in life had been made. The friends and tears that I lost created a gap in my soul, a gap that could only be replaced by fulfilling my goal in life. I do believe this purpose is to practice the surgical arts. As I assisted my parents and other surgeons in dealing with the incessant flow of critical patients, I actually felt as if I meant something on this planet. I treasured this feeling, and wanted to turn it into a lifelong opportunity. Although I am currently attending medical school, you may not know that being a foreigner made this road logistically and financially difficult. I’ve made it through so far, however I struggle daily with obstacles. These include immigration issues, finding hospitals that accept foreign students, and fighting the unfortunate stigma associated with being an international medical graduate. Fortunately, I am not the type of person to let such things bring me down; instead I keep aiming higher and higher. Attending the SAGES meeting would really help me find the jumpstart for a potentially beautiful career in surgery. I would be able to meet top-notch surgeons who have gone through the hardships of the profession already, and see how they may help pave the road for me. Although the financial aid would be very helpful, the recognition of my ongoing mission would be even more fantastic. I do think SAGES will help me attain my career goals, and all I ask of you is a chance to prove so.

Essay #2: Second Year Medical Student, Collin Howser, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Throughout my medical education I have been drawn to gastroenterology, a field of medicine that continues to provide innovative approaches to cancer therapy, advancements in minimally invasive surgery, and better outcomes in preventative medicine. These aspects of gastroenterology have given me the opportunity to incorporate my expertise in biomedical engineering to design novel medical devices that I believe will advance the field.

During the summer of 2014, I co-invented (provisional patent application serial number is 62/034,677) an effervescent CO2 insufflation device with the potential to reduce patient cost, alleviate patient discomfort following colonoscopy, and improve the quality of patient care. The device development received funding and is currently in pre-clinical evaluation. In addition, several gastroenterologists have agreed to trial the device upon FDA 510(k) clearance. The device is capable of generating carbon dioxide to serve the needs of an endoscopy suite throughout the course of a normal day by using a tank of citric acid solution and a reaction chamber containing solid sodium bicarbonate. A valve is used to control the flow of acidic solution into the reaction chamber and the resulting carbon dioxide is carried via a flexible tube such that it may be easily integrated into various applications for use over the course of the day. I am more than happy to share with SAGES the complete patent and references if requested to do so.

My experience designing an FDA approved medical device further strengthened my desire to study minimally invasive surgery in gastroenterology. Attending the SAGES meeting and receiving the mentorship of physicians specializing in this discipline would only further reaffirm my interest and future goal of becoming a gastroenterologist. I look forward to continued involvement with SAGES and the opportunity for potential future mentorship.

Essay #3: Third Year Medical Student, Cypriana Koziak, University of Alberta

Applying for the scholarship to marySAGES Conference is an exceptional opportunity for me due to my personal, professional, and research interest in general and laparoscopic surgery. Attending the 2015 SAGES conference would help me attain my career goals by furthering my education in the field of general surgery, making me a more competitive applicant in the field of my choice, as well as guide future projects and understanding of my research in surgical simulation and skill transference.

SAGES. The SAGES Conference would be an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and learn new skills from individuals with experience in the field of medicine of greatest interest and fascination to me. As I am pursing a medical career in general surgery it would be valuable and exciting to attend a conference of such caliber and international collaboration for the advancement of the surgical profession, and to learn from world-renowned surgeons and leaders of their respective fields.

The conference will also allow me to experience an environment with individuals passionate about their careers and their patients, in addition to a commitment to life-long learning. Being paired with a SAGES Member Mentor would be my chance for advice and inspiration for achieving a successful and meaningful career in general surgery.

Over the past 6 months I have been working on a project in surgical simulation researching eye-hand coordination and the ability to learn pre-tool gaze movement during laparoscopic exercises using the FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) model. This project also includes analyzing the transference of learned simulation skills to surgical procedures. I hope that attending the conference will expand my knowledge of the most current laparoscopic techniques and procedures, allowing me to apply new methods and approaches to the learning aspect of laparoscopic skills, and choose simulation skills with the highest yield for surgical procedures. Research on the transference of simulation skills to real life surgical competency could affect surgical residency training, in particular the addition of more rigorous simulation training. I hope, through this research, to make an impact on the training of surgeons and residents, especially in the expanding and innovating field of lapa roscopic surgery.

This conference is a beneficial opportunity for students, residents, and staff at any level of training in their career. Attending at this stage of my medical career is an ideal opportunity to grant me exposure to the vast breadth and innovation of general surgery and the surgical community, especially in light of the mostly missed but essential surgical education in pre-clinical medical curriculum. Additionally, this conference would benefit my research of laparoscopic simulation and surgical skill transference by expanding my knowledge in this field, and allow me to contribute to the surgical community. I hope that my sincere interest and pursuit of a career in general surgery will make me a competitive application for both this application and for residencies. Thank you for your time and consideration.


The application is now closed.
For more information please visit www.sages2015.org/scholarship/

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SAGES Gives Back: Sign Up Now For Volunteer Opportunities in Nashvillehttp://www.sages.org/blog/sages-gives-back-sign-up-now-for-volunteer-opportunities-in-nashville/ http://www.sages.org/blog/sages-gives-back-sign-up-now-for-volunteer-opportunities-in-nashville/#respond Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:30:52 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47029 The Humanitarian Committee has initiated two volunteer opportunities with local Nashville nonprofits – the Renewal House and the Nashville Rescue Mission. SAGES members and their families will have the unique opportunity to provide service in the host community. Please join us and volunteer by emailing Cynthia Zarate at cynthia@sages.org or visiting the registration desk during […]

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The Humanitarian Committee has initiated two volunteer opportunities with local Nashville nonprofits – the Renewal House and the Nashville Rescue Mission. SAGES members and their families will have the unique opportunity to provide service in the host community. Please join us and volunteer by emailing Cynthia Zarate at cynthia@sages.org or visiting the registration desk during the conference.

Renewal House “Celebrating Families” Luncheon
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Renewal House is Nashville’s first, largest and most comprehensive family-centered recovery community for woman and their children. Since 1996 more than 650 mothers and their children have experienced new beginnings. For more information on the organization, please visit their website: www.renewalhouse.org or you can view a video on this program here: http://bit.ly/1C1pbY2

Volunteers will help host the “Celebrating Families” luncheon and provide participants with small gifts.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Lunch and transportation will be provided to all participants.


Nashville Rescue Mission

Nashville Rescue Mission – Preparing and Serving Lunch
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

The Nashville Rescue Mission offers food, clothing and shelter to homeless families. They serve over 770,000 meals per year and provide more than 330,000 nights of safe shelter. For more information on the organization, please visit their website: www.nashvillerescuemission.org

Volunteers will assist with preparing and serving lunch to women and children residing at the Women’s campus. SAGES will also donate small gifts to the Family Center.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to participate. Lunch and transportation will be provided to all participants.

Nashville Rescue Mission

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Design of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Duodenoscopes May Impede Effective Cleaning: FDA Safety Communicationhttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/design-of-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-ercp-duodenoscopes-may-impede-effective-cleaning-fda-safety-communication/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/design-of-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-ercp-duodenoscopes-may-impede-effective-cleaning-fda-safety-communication/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:54:09 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46870 In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new alert available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm434871.htm At the forefront of best practices in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery, SAGES is committed to researching, developing and disseminating the guidelines and training for standards of practice in […]

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In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new alert available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm434871.htm

At the forefront of best practices in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery, SAGES is committed to researching, developing and disseminating the guidelines and training for standards of practice in surgical procedures. SAGES recently issued the following notification: Gastroenterology Societies Discuss Patient Safety in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

In addition, please refer to the SAGES co-endorsed ASGE guideline Infection Control During GI Endoscopy

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FES, FLS And FUSE Test Appointments Are Now Available For SAGES 2015!http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/fes-fls-fuse-test-appointments-sages-2015/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/fes-fls-fuse-test-appointments-sages-2015/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46642 Testing will take place in the SAGES Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center at the following times: Wednesday, April 15  8am – 5pm Thursday, April 16 8am – 5pm Friday, April 17 8am – 12pm For more information or to purchase your test voucher and schedule your appointment please click on […]

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Testing will take place in the SAGES Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center at the following times:

Wednesday, April 15 8am – 5pm
Thursday, April 16 8am – 5pm
Friday, April 17 8am – 12pm

For more information or to purchase your test voucher and schedule your appointment please click on the relevant link below:

FES –  http://www.fesprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015-2/
FLS –  http://www.flsprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015-2/
FUSE –  http://www.fuseprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015/

Read about how the FUSE Program is making surgery safer in the Wall Street Journal

For the first time ever, you can now take the FUSE exam at Surgical Education Week.  The FUSE exam will be given at The Westin Seattle on Saturday, April 25 from 8am – 6pm.  For more information please click here: http://www.fuseprogram.org/testing-information/surgical-education-week/

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