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SSAT Maintenance of Certification Course

The General Surgeon Performing GI Surgery: Current Management of Benign and Malignant Foregut Diseases

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois

Course Director:
Robin S. McLeod, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

Supplement your Annual Meeting registration by signing up for the 2014 MOC Course, for which SSAT members receive preferred rates. Register for the MOC Course through the DDW Website by the Early Bird deadline and avoid a 50 USD increase in MOC Course registration fees. You may also register for just the SSAT MOC Course, and Early Bird registration is complimentary for Candidate SSAT members.

This year the SSAT MOC Course will focus on the management of diseases of the stomach and esophagus as well as bariatric surgery. This course will explore the evidence that supports the management of these disorders, and experts will provide a “how I do it” approach to their subject areas. The format will be a mix of didactic sessions, a video session with experts providing commentary, a debate and finally a session where experts will discuss the management of common and not so common clinical problems in a case based format. We expect all participants to leave with an enhanced understanding of both the current state-of-the-art and where we are going as GI physicians. Each participant will be required to complete both a pre- and post-course test prior to claiming either CME Credits with Self-Assessment (good towards fulfilling Part 2 Maintenance of Certification requirements for surgeons) or Certificates of Attendance.

The course will be divided into four sessions and at the conclusion of the course participants will be able to:


  • Outline the modern management of pre-malignant and malignant lesions of the stomach and esophagus
  • Identify the arguments for and against the benefits of performing all surgery for gastric and esophageal cancers in high volume centers


  • Discuss what bariatric procedures are available to the obese patient in 2014
  • Summarize the controversies in the management of achalasia
  • Explain the roles of medical and surgical treatment in patients with GERD
  • Identify how to manage perforations of the esophagus and stomach


  • Outline decision making and surgical management of patients with complex benign and malignant diseases of the stomach and esophagus
  • Outline decision making and surgical management of complex obese patients requiring bariatric surgery
  • Discuss the management of complications following surgery on the stomach and esophagus


  • Explain the surgical principles and techniques in the management of paraesophageal hernias
  • Outline the indications for and the technique for performing per-oral esophageal myotomy
  • Explain the surgical technique and limitations of repairing perforated duodenal ulcers laparoscopically
  • Summarize the indications and technique for performing the Linx Device for GERD
  • Describe the principles and surgical technique in performing gastrectomy for GIST
  • Explain the surgical techniques which can be used to minimize the risk of small bowel herniation following gastric bypass

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