New CREST® Curriculum on Sexually Transmitted Diseases Released

The newest CREST® curriculum, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) of the Colon and Rectum, is now available! The curriculum provides a focused, in-depth discussion regarding topics that span the breadth of colorectal disease. Included in the STD module are full-text articles from Diseases of the Colon & Rectum and a brief five-question posttest.

Members have complimentary access to the content; CME is available for a small fee. Upon completion, the module is eligible for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. To access the CREST® site, please log in at the top of the website. 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.

New CREST® Weekly Curriculum Module Available

New Weekly Curriculum Available!

Office-Based Hemorrhoid Treatment is now available for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM

This module reviews the office-based therapy including the non-operative and medical management of internal and external hemorrhoids. Included topics range from dietary and lifestyle changes to rubber band ligation for internal hemorrhoids and excision of thrombosed external hemorrhoids.

To access the CREST® site please login to your member account on the ASCRS website. 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. This link will take you directly to the CREST® Online Learning Center.

Test your knowledge or earn CME today!

New Inspirational Patient Videos Released Featuring Pat Spain

The ASCRS is pleased to share two new inspirational videos telling the story of Pat Spain, a marine biologist, TV host, and cancer survivor who received the 2015 ASCRS Local Hero Award in recognition of his efforts to improve colon cancer awareness.

Mr. Spain saw his physician upon experiencing unusual symptoms but was initially told that he was fine. He pursued the issue and a colonoscopy later revealed that he had colon cancer. In his 7-minute video he uses candor and humor to describe his experience from diagnosis through treatment and relay his message that there is life after cancer.

In a shorter, 2-minute video, Mr. Spain stresses the importance of paying attention to changes in your body and seeking prompt medical attention when unusual symptoms are experienced.

Both videos are available in the Patient Education Library and are posted on ASCRS's Facebook page so you can share it with your patients.

New Practice Guideline Published in DC&R August Issue

More than 140,000 people in the United States are diagnosed annually with colorectal cancer.1 Unfortunately, ~25% to 40% will develop a tumor recurrence despite a potentially curative operation. Although it is well known that most recurrences occur within 5 years, the optimal strategy to accurately detect recurrences at the earliest stage remains controversial.

The current recommendations for follow-up surveillance include a combination of history and physical examination, laboratory evaluation, imaging, and endoscopy on slightly varying schedules depending on the organization and stage of disease.3–10 Further surveillance depends on the results of these examinations. Differing opinions also exist as to the cost-benefit as it relates to outcomes of high- versus low-intensity surveillance.2,11–28 Potential benefits of high-intensity surveillance include earlier detection of recurrence, higher rates of reoperation for cure, and improved overall and disease-specific survival. Yet, these conceivable benefits must be weighed against potential negative physical (ie, more invasive testing), financial, and psychological consequences of surveillance.

All ASCRS Clinical Practice Guidelines can be reviewed including the new Practice Guideline for the Surveillance of Patients After Curative Treament of Colon and Rectal Cancer.

Now Open: ACS/ASCRS Brandeis Leadership Program in Health Policy Scholarship

The American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons are pleased to announce a shared scholarship open to US members in good standing of both organizations.

This scholarship supports attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place June 12-18, 2016, at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

For your convenience the specific requirements for the Health Policy Scholarship are available in the scholarship flyer. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection committee's decision by March 31, 2016.

To Apply

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file via email to:, with "Attn: ACS/ASCRS" as the subject line.

ACS/ASCRS 2016 Health Policy Scholarship Information and Requirements (PDF)

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