ASCRS Webinars are educational sessions developed for colon and rectal surgeons, general surgeons, and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of diseases affecting the colon, rectum and anus. They are moderated by experts in colorectal surgery and related fields.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
Webinars listed below with credit designations have "CME" after the title. Each webinar page states either the amount of credit available or none.
Available Webinar Recordings
Management of Anal Dysplasia CME
This webinar is designed to provide surgeons with knowledge of the work up and management of anal dysplasia. Discussions include incidence, risk factors, and indications for high resolution anoscopy (HRA) and its role in the prevention of anal cancer. The goal of this educational activity is to enable surgeons to establish an anal dysplasia screening and treatment program for patients at high risk for anal dysplasia and anal cancer. [May 18, 2023]
Management of Diverticulitis: Imaging & When to Operate CME
This webinar will explore imaging in acute diverticulitis, the role of radiology in the management of complicated diverticular disease, current trends and outcomes of non-resectional management of diverticulitis, and when to consider surgical resection in acute diverticulitis. Time will be allocated at the end of the webinar for questions. [April 20, 2023]
Peri-operative Pain Control Methods in Abdominal and Anorectal Surgery CME
There are no gold-standard modalities or algorithms that are used in treating peri-operative pain in both abdominal and anorectal surgery. With the advent of ERAS protocols, there has been an attempt to standardize pain control methods in abdominal surgery, however, there are still differing approaches in regard to technique, dosage and timing of administration. In the era of avoidance and/or attempts at decreasing narcotic usage, this webinar will attempt to explore different modalities of pain control in colorectal surgery and give an update on conscientious narcotic usage in the peri-operative period. [February 23, 2023]
Surgeon Burnout: How to Foster Resiliency CME
Burnout has been recognized as a major concern among healthcare providers and surgeons over the past two decades. Stresses associated with providing care during the COVID pandemic have exacerbated factors leading to increased risk and rates of burnout. This webinar will focus on the personal and systemic causes of burnout and how to recognize symptoms of burnout. Ways to mitigate the risk of burnout through resilience, and system wide changes will also be discussed. [September 20, 2022]
The Emergence of Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: Will machine learning lead to the next big disruption in practice and training?
The development of machine learning algorithms to augment, guide and support clinical decision making is accelerating in medicine. Significant progress has been made in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to augment the diagnostic accuracy during endoscopy. In surgery, there is growing interest in harnessing and integrating perioperative data in order to generate algorithms that can help improve surgical workflow, support intraoperative decision-making, reduce errors, and improve surgical outcomes. In this webinar, the basic principles of AI and machine learning applied to endoscopy and surgery will be reviewed. Current research and trends in machine learning in performance-guided surgery, telementoring and telecoaching will be explored. Lastly, the basic requirements for acquisition of high-quality perioperative surgical data will be reviewed, as well as the role surgeons should play in the development and integration of AI and machine learning. [August 25, 2022]
Understanding Low Anterior Resection Syndrome: Definitions, Treatments, and Ways to Improve Quality CME
Low anterior resection syndrome is a constellation of symptoms that can affect a rectal cancer patient that has undergone previous proctectomy with neorectal reconstruction. This webinar will review the diagnosis including the symptoms that are typically observed, why these symptoms manifest and will touch on various non-surgical and surgical treatment options that are currently available. [June 23, 2022]
Contemporary Management of Complex Anorectal Fistulae CME
This webinar will explain the surgical options available for management of complex anal fistulae. [March, 17, 2022]
Impact of Genetics on Treatment of Colorectal Cancer CME
There has been increasing understanding of the importance of the role of genetics in colorectal cancer and its implications in response to various treatment options as well as prognosis. This webinar will aim to present an up-to-date summary on the current knowledge of the impact of genetics in the treatment of colorectal cancer. [February 17, 2022]
Surgical Legislative Advocacy and Healthcare Reform CME
This webinar explores crucial aspects of the history and current state of policy and advocacy efforts affecting colorectal surgeons and surgical healthcare. The trend toward increased regulations surrounding cost and delivery of care have prompted the need for physicians to have knowledge of current legislation and to act by participating in advocacy around actions that positively impact healthcare providers and their patients. [November 4, 2021]
The Many Shades of Obstructed Defecation Syndrome CME
This webinar was jointly organized with the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The treatment of patients struggling with symptoms of obstructed defecation syndrome can be challenging and may make a patient seek advice from multiple specialties. [October 10, 2021]
My Patient is 90 and Has Colorectal Cancer – How Can I Best Care for a Frail Older Adult?
This webinar will provide an opportunity to review the evaluation and management of frailty and how it impacts outcomes for older adults undergoing colorectal surgery. [October 7, 2021]
Management of the Failing Pelvic Pouch CME
This webinar identifies endoscopic and operative approaches to managing the failing pelvic pouch. [September 2, 2021]
Geriatric Surgery 101: Peri-operative Considerations for Optimization CME
The presenters discuss the challenges in peri-operative care (particularly focusing on the pre-operative optimization) of older patients in colon and rectal surgery and develop a multidisciplinary, multiphase pathway for implementation in daily practice. [June 24, 2021]
How to Manage and Prevent Complications CME
This webinar will provide the basis for the meaningful implementation of the latest management strategies for common perioperative complications. [February 11, 2021]
Coding and Reimbursement Updates for 2021 CME
This webinar will update colorectal surgeons on the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule changes, including the projected impact on reimbursement, CPT coding and the importance of members’ participation in advocacy on behalf of our patients. [January 21, 2021]
Current Challenges in Colorectal Surgery : An International Perspective During the COVID 19 Pandemic
This webinar is an interactive discussion with members of the international colorectal surgery community. [December 16, 2020]
Comprehensive Care of the Patient Living with an Ostomy : A Multidisciplinary Approach
Members will become familiar with the components of the ideal ostomy care in the immediate perioperative period and long term. [November 18, 2020]
Updates in Advanced Endoscopy and Intraluminal Surgery CME
Update registrants on newer techniques available for enhancing lesion identification and visualization, current indications. [November 12, 2020]
Training the Colorectal Surgeons of the Future : The Role of Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Imaging
This webinar will explore the role of technology (Simulation, AI, 3D Imaging and Printing) in future training of colorectal surgeons in the future. [October 28, 2020]
The Data is in the Details: Data-Driven IBD Case Studies CME
This webinar will use broad case studies in IBD to highlight key areas within each of these cases to be discussed. Several topics were identified which deserved conversation although not necessarily a full presentation. [October 15, 2020]
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices: Now is the Time to Embrace Change
We as members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Society pride ourselves on remaining faithful learners and advocates for our patients. The current social climate mandates that we re-evaluate how and what we learn. [August 26, 2020]
Surgical and Non-Surgical Approaches to the Management of Rectal Cancer CME
The overall management of rectal cancer continues to evolve as minimally invasive techniques (abdominally and perineally) expand the surgical options. [August 13, 2020]
Pilonidal disease is a common ailment seen by colorectal and general surgeons all over the world. Despite the common nature of the disease, its treatment is associated with complications and recurrence. [February 11, 2020]
Complex Anorectal Crohn’s Disease CME
This webinar is designed to help you understand the medical and surgical management of simple and comlex perianal Chrohn’s disease. This includes the medical and surgical management and when to divert. [August 15, 2019]
Rectal Prolapse CME
The goal of this symposium is to discuss the evaluation, workup surgical management, and outcomes of rectal prolapse in different subgroups of patients. [May 16, 2019]
Enhanced Recovery Program GuidelinesCME
This webinar on the ASCRS Enhanced Recovery Program (ERP) Guidelines will address physiologic principles behind preoperative carbohydrate loading, the medications used in multimodal analgesia (MMA), and strategies for prophylaxis of post-operative ileus (POI). [March 6, 2019]
Surgical Treatment of IBD in the Era of Biologics: Ileal Pouches and Pouchitis CME
A webinar on the Surgical Treatment of IBD in the Era of Biologics: Ileal Pouches and Pouchitis. [November 8, 2018]
Management of Metastatic Colon Cancer CME
A webinar on the management of metastatic colon cancer. [September 20, 2018]
This webinar will focus on the management of patients with fecal incontinence, with an emphasis on appropriate diagnosis and the use of newer treatment options for this vexing problem. [December 8, 2016]
Management of Rectal Cancer in the 21st Century
This webinar will explain the technical how-tos of high quality rectal cancer surgery and discuss implications for the future - including the role of laparoscopic surgery. [September 14, 2016]
Continuing Education Committee
The Continuing Education Committee (CE Committee) oversees all continuing medical education (CME) programs and ensures that ASCRS is in compliance with the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. This includes planning and/or approval of webinars containing CME credit.
Mala Balakumar, MD, Chair
Craig Reickert, MD, Vice-Chair
Erica Flynn, Staff Liaison
Elaina McCalmont, Staff Liaison
Steffanye Hawbaker Mack, Staff Liaison
CE Committee Webinar Workgroup Members
Emad Aly, Paula Denoya, Jadd Koury, Helen MacRae, Devi Makkai Krishnamurty, Claire Peeples
Conflict of Interest Policy
As required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and in accordance with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) policy, all educational planners, presenters, instructors, authors, reviewers and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that have occurred within the past 24 months. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. It is required that a disclosure be provided to the learners prior to the start of the activity. Individuals with no relevant financial relationships must also inform the learners that no relevant financial relationships exist. Learners must also be informed when off label, experimental/investigational uses of drugs or devices are discussed in an educational activity or included in related materials. Disclosure in no way implies that the information presented is biased or of lesser quality; it is incumbent upon course participants to be aware of these factors in interpreting the program contents and evaluating recommendations. Moreover, expressed views do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASCRS.
CE Committee Webinar Workgroup Disclosures and Conflict of Interest
Every person who is involved in the planning of this CME program has been asked to provide information regarding any financial relationships with commercial interest as defined by the ACCME. Unless otherwise noted, all webinar planners have indicated they have no relationships to disclose.
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