In Memory of Theodore Schrock, MD

It is with great sadness that ASCRS announces the passing of Dr. Theodore R. Schrock, MD, who served as the Society’s vice president from 1999-2000.

Dr. Schrock, born in Berne, IN, attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was named "Premed Student of the Year." He entered residency in surgery at University of California San Francisco, where he spent his 33-year career in academic medicine. Throughout his career, he published about 200 articles, book chapters and abstracts. He served as chief medical officer for UCSF Medical Center from 1998 until his retirement in 2004.

Those who would like to leave a message for Dr. Schrock’s family are encouraged to visit his Caring Bridge page.

Lift Procedure for Anal Fistula CREST® Module Released

The newest CREST® Weekly Curriculum module, Lift Procedure for Anal Fistula, is now available! This module covers the ligation intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) procedure for patients with complex and recurrent anal fistulas. Included in the module are full-text articles from Diseases of the Colon & Rectum and a brief posttest.

CREST® Weekly Curriculum modules provide a quick, easy way to refresh your knowledge on a topic and earn an hour of continuing medical education (CME) credit. Upon completion, the module is eligible for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To access the CREST® site, please log in at the top of this page. Once logged in, click on MY ACCOUNT in the top right-hand corner and then choose the CREST® Online Learning Center link located at the top of your account information.

CREST® Weekly Curriculum modules are free to members. Not a member of ASCRS? Learn more about the benefits of membership in The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Take this opportunity to promote the importance of colorectal cancer screening, prevention, and treatment.

There are numerous ways reach out to your patients and your community about the role colorectal surgeons play in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease.

  1. Utilize the ASCRS Member Colorectal Materials provided on the ASCRS website. There are a variety of ways, from patient education to media opportunities, to educate patients and the public on colorectal cancer.
  2. Watch for the ASCRS’ social media posts to raise public awareness for screening on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Share or retweet these posts.
  3. Promote Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on your social media platforms.Create your own social media posts and use the hashtags #GetScreened and #Preventcoloncancer. Tag ASCRS with our handle @fascrs_updates.
  4. Purchase new patient education brochures for your office and distribute through local wellness programs or hospital outreach programs. Include your contact information on patient education brochures.

Members: ASCRS Needs You!

ASCRS is seeking volunteers to serve on ASCRS committees for the 2019-2020 year beginning in June 2019. In nearly all cases, Committee volunteers serve 3-year terms. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to get involved and to make an impact in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

We invite you to indicate your interest in up to three ASCRS committees by taking a few minutes to complete the Call for Volunteers Survey. Your response is due March 1, 2019.

We will make every attempt to accommodate your appointment preferences, but committee vacancies and size constraints may limit our ability to meet all requested appointments. We anticipate notifying member volunteers of their committee appointments in May, prior to the Annual Meeting. New this year, this change will allow for a smooth transition between incoming and outgoing committee members at committee meetings held during the Annual Meeting.

Detailed information for each committee is provided on the ASCRS Leadership and Committees webpage that includes: committee charges, current committee rosters and the Policy for Committee Membership for the ASCRS.

Help shape the future of our Society by volunteering today!

New Clinical Practice Guideline for Ambulatory Anorectal Surgery Published in DC&R

The ASCRS Clinical Practice Guideline Committee's newest guideline, Clinical Practice Guideline for Ambulatory Anorectal Surgery, has been published in the October 2015 issue of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Ambulatory surgery has been defined as any surgical procedure performed on the same day a patient presents to and is released from a facility. It encompasses those surgical procedures that need to be performed for safety reasons in an operating room on anesthetized patients. Ambulatory surgery services may be provided in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center or a hospital-based ambulatory surgery center either on site or off site. The potential benefits for the patient include more rapid return to the comforts of a home environment, diminished opportunities for nosocomial complications, and reduced disruption of work and home life. From a system standpoint, benefits include diminished cost and freeing up resources for other major procedures.

It is estimated that 90% of anorectal cases are suitable for ambulatory surgery. These procedures are considered low-risk surgery, and patients can expect to be discharged home safely and comfortably the same day. However, the surgeon must consider the expectations of the individual patient, comfort level, and potentially complicating comorbidities or other extenuating circumstances before deciding on an ambulatory setting.

View all ASCRS Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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