Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery has been created to educate surgeons about rectal cancer surgery, including background information, preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management and techniques, and postoperative care. The goal of the course is to be a resource for all surgeons who care for rectal cancer patients, to promote high-quality, evidence-based surgical and perioperative care.
This course meets standard 8.1 for NAPRC accreditation. At the conclusion of the course, a certificate will be generated for you to submit to NAPRC, if applicable.
CME Credit Hours: 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Release Date: April 19, 2021
CME Expires: April 18, 2024
At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Describe the preoperative evaluation and staging of patients with rectal cancer.
- Outline treatment recommendations, including use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies, based on cancer stage and other cancer characteristics.
- Identify the key steps in rectal cancer surgery, including pitfalls and complications that may occur.
- Identify a high-quality mesorectal excision specimen and techniques for obtaining such a specimen surgically.
- Describe the management of perioperative complications of rectal cancer surgery.
- Describe the post-treatment surveillance of rectal cancer patients, and the management of recurrences if they occur.
The program is intended for surgeons and surgical trainees who treat rectal cancer in their clinical practice.
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.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) designates this enduring activity for 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Rectal Cancer Committee
The Rectal Cancer Committee works to be the source of content expertise for rectal cancer surgical care – disseminating to ASCRS members resources and opportunities in rectal cancer care quality improvement, education, and research.
Samantha Hendren, MD, Chair
Linda Farkas, MD, Vice-Chair
Charles Friel, MD, Council Rep.
Ron Landmann, MD, Advisor
Scott Strong, MD, Advisor
Michael L. Arvanitis, Scott L. Baker, Glen C. Balch, Saumitra R. Banerjee, David Blumberg, George J. Chang, Robert K. Cleary, Michelle L. Cowan, David W. Dietz, Dana M. Hayden, Matthew F. Kalady, Erin D. Kennedy, Jeremy M. Lipman, David Liska, John H. Marks, Justin A. Maykel, Elisabeth C. McLemore, David S. Medich, Jamie Murphy, William B. Perry, Danielle M. Pickham, Lakhbir Sandhu, Anna Serur, Shruti Sevak, Jesse J. Smith, David B. Stewart, Kelly M. Tyler, Christopher M. White, Elizabeth C. Wick
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.
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.
The following Committee members, educational planners, presenters, instructors, authors, reviewers, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity have indicated they have financial relationships to disclose. Those not listed below have indicated they have no financial relationships as defined by ACCME to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery
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