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|Acute Care Surgery Task Force
|March 5, 2020
We are enjoying a very successful year on the Acute Care Committee. Our highlights include:
|February 25, 2020
The Educational Resources committee continues to work hard to provide the lastest and up to date material for our SAGES members. The 2 big projects we are working on are listed below.
1. Masters Content Review: We are finalizing the review forms and should be able to launch the review of all Foregut content soon. We are working with the Curriculum Task Force to provide feedback on the review mechanism. We have a pool of about 9-10 reviewers and estimate each reviewer to have about 50-60 videos to review. We will be working on improving the process to provide the best educational platform for our SAGES members.
2. Subscriptions: I think we can say the subscription pilot did very well. We currently have about 822 subscriptions and more coming in. We offered the candidate members a complimentary subscription this year and hope to continue this to help them stay informed on best practices. The subscription content material will be continually updated to offer our SAGES members the most up to date information. The Educational Resources committee's entire library of educational material ($3500 value) is available for a $25/year subscription fee.
|Community Practice Task Force
|February 15, 2020
The Community Practice Task Force is growing and ever-evolving. We have recently updated our goals as follows:
We will communicate yearly with the Program Chairs to help promote sessions that will be of particular interest to the Community Practice Surgeon. We are in the works of creating a White Paper highlighting the Community Practice Surgeon.
|Facebook Task Force
|November 16, 2019
Update as of November 15 2019.
Mission of this task force was to initiate and then expand SAGES experts and eduction materials into the world of closed (private) Facebook communities with the intent to foster transparent, immediate, and global collaboration between surgeons wishing to optimize patient outcomes. The future goal is to weave these dynamic platforms and posts into the larger education initiatives of SAGES. The 8 private SAGES Facebook communities have all been thriving and clearly global. All growth is because of the hard work that many individuals put into each group. Each surgeon admin and moderator should be commended. All groups started in March 2017. We have also published a SAGES white paper on these groups. Heather Logghe, MD has been hard at work finishing and soon publishing the Delphi process research she completed that demonstrates the value within each group. Plan to submit to EC before January 2020.
SAGES Colorectal Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: 2540 members. Very active and growing globally. Key moderator: Dan Popowich. top 10 countries: USA, India, Egypt, Pakistan, UK, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Brazil.
SAGES Foregut Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: 2490 members. Very active and growing. Key moderator: Andrew Wright. top 10 countries: USA, India, Mexico, Pakistan, UK, Egypt, Canada, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Australia.
SAGES Bariatric Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: members 1428. Key moderators: Alison Barrett and Laura Doyan
SAGES Robotic Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: 1400 members. key moderators: Rockson Liu and TJ Swope
SAGES HPB Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: 1268 members. growing. many contributors doing amazing work here.
SAGES Acute Care Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: members 1040. many key contributors.
SAGES Hernia Surgery Masters Program Collaboration: membership at 1059. David Earle current key moderator doing a fantastic job.
SAGES Flex Endo Masters Program Collaboration: 564 members. Eric Pauli moderating.
|Technology and Value Assessment
|November 14, 2019
This Fall 2020 at SAGES, San Francisco, TAVAC engaged in small-group strategic planning on two fronts:
A research project. The preliminary areas of interest were:
1. AI to drive technology (with AI Task Force); algorithms for medical and surgical care.
2. Carbon footprint of technology (Green tech, biodegradables).
3. Bias in publications regarding devices; re-validate current devices in regard to bias.
4. Evaluate Non-FDA Approved procedures.
6. Best practices (ERAS), drive best practice use (work with VA).
7. Value of Weight Loss Interventions (Cost per Lb).
8. ICG in Colorectal Surgery.
TAVAC Goals. Using Value as the over-riding mission, and considering the “P’s”of stakeholders - Patients, Payors, Providers, Public - and the drivers of value - outcomes, safety, cost, choice, accessibility, physician health:
What is TAVAC trying to answer?
1. How to we define/measure value for different stakeholders? (Patients, providers, payers) – Find common/overlapping ground between groups, and Perception for each stakeholder group
2. What outcome measures are there, and which ones matter, and to who?
3. Absolute value versus relative value
5. Change “cost” to “value” in committee goals
6. Algorithm for defining value (quality/cost) and identifying quality and cost measures
7. Defining value relative to the overall healthcare system
TAVAC in the coming months will narrow these questions to a new, concise strategic plan that will guide it’s key products moving forward.
Ongoing Projects Update:
1. Tech alerts of new FDA devices published bi-montlhy
2. TAVAC documents on WATS3D, Cellvisio, VBA, endoluminal bariatric, microinstruments, stents, mesh are forthcoming.
Thank you to my co-chairs Sharona Ross and David Renton, and all of the committee members.
Shawn Tsuda MD
|Research and Career Development
|November 5, 2019
The Research and Career Development Committee has several exciting new initiatives:
· We are currently in the process of updating the Delphi study to determine the top research priorities of SAGES as an organization. We plan to complete this study by SAGES 2020.
· We plan to organize a joint subcommittee with members of the alternative task force to review the past awarded grants from 2015-2019 with the objective of identifying grants that have potential for external funding and provide the PI with infrastructure and mentoring.
· We are in the process of developing a Grantsmanship Masters sub-pathway which will become part of the future Leadership/Professionalism Masters Program
· We plan to work closely with the We R SAGES and Community Practice Committees to brainstorm on how to more effectively integrate leadership/professionalism/career development topics into the annual SAGES meeting program.
· We will continue to work with the Acute Care Task Force and AATS (in addition to other societies) to foster multi-societal collaborations on future registry studies.
|November 3, 2019
SAGES Bylaws Fall Meeting Summary
October 27, 2019
Request for approval:
Budget request (if any): Not applicable
Timeline and metrics:
Sallie Matthews will assist with coordinating the presentation of these recommendations through the appropriate processes/protocols to allow for potential approval during our next scheduled meeting during ACS 2020.
Collaborators (if any – other committees/organizations):
|October 26, 2019
The Technology Council will be holding its first formal meeting at the ACS San Francisco 2019.
The main agenda will be updating members on plans for the NBT summit on Feb 21. It is from that NBT summit that we hope much of the additional business of the Tech Council will arise. The NBT Summit is part of SAGES Innovation Weekend in February that will also include the Advocacy Summit and the AI Video Annotation conference.
Other matters to be addressed at the Tech Council will be hearing from committee delegates about technology related opportunities / challenges and sharing across committees and hearing innovative ideas that representative committees would like to sound against their peers. We will also be looking to hear committee delegates how best to facilitate communication and collaboration on Tech related issues without adding a new layer of bureaucracy.