Quality Assessment and Safety Committee Update – Rectal Cancer

In the treatment of rectal cancer, colorectal surgeons exercise the greatest amount of clinical judgment, and work with the broadest range of other medical specialties. It is therefore appropriate that this topic be the first area for review. With this review, the committee covers several important, trending topics in the area of rectal cancer treatment, from the perspective of quality and patient safety.

Quality Assessment Guide Highlights Sessions Dedicated to Optimizing Patient Care

The Quality Assessment and Safety Committee monitors activities of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA), and the AMA Consortium. The committee is dedicated to optimizing care for patients with colorectal disease by setting goals and standards for the treatment of diseases affecting the colon, rectum and anus.

To assist members attending the Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, the committee has created a guide highlighting sessions dedicated to enhanced patient outcomes. Utilize the guide to schedule which sessions you want to attend while at the Annual Meeting. For your convenience the ASCRS App is available for download through your mobile app store by searching for ASCRS2015. The App includes a schedule feature for attendees to schedule their daily session, meetings and social events. Make sure to add in the quality sessions that you would like to attend.

Register for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting


Register today for the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 19 - 23, 2018 in Nashville, TN. Save big! The advance registration rate expires April 30!


Meeting highlights include:

  • A robust scientific program featuring 39.75 hours of CME credit to provide in-depth and up-to-date information relative to surgery for diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
  • World-class educational opportunities from distinguished speakers from around the globe.
  • A program with returning sessions and new additions for attendees to learn new techniques and ideas that will make a difference in their daily practice.
  • The opportunity to network with more than 1,700 healthcare professionals. This is the largest meeting in North America devoted exclusively to colon and rectal surgery.

Visit the 2018 Annual Meeting page to review the preliminary program, view accommodations, and register for the meeting.

See you in Nashvile!

Register Now for ASCRS' August 15 Webinar

Learn about the medical and surgical management of simple and complex perianal Chrohn's disease, including when to divert. This webinar is complimentary for ASCRS members and is eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Learn more and register.

Register Now for Fecal Incontinence Course - Filling Up Fast!

Patients with fecal incontinence can benefit from specialized assessment with ultrasound, manometry, motility testing and defecography. This course through both a didactic and hands-on laboratory session, will address the workup and management of patients with fecal incontinence.

Course attendees will have hands-on experience with endorectal ultra sound, anal manometry, interpret defecography, performance of SNS, injection of bulking agents, and the artificial bowel sphincter. Register now for the Fecal Incontinence Course!

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