In Memoriam - Samuel B. Rosser


Dr. Samuel Rosser died January 25, 2018, at the age of 83. He was a long-time APSA member and trained under Dr. Judson Randolph from 1970 – 1972. Read more about Rosser.
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In Memoriam - Aviva L. Katz


Aviva L. Katz, MD, died earlier this week. She was the director of the Consortium Ethics Program, corerFaculty in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, and vice-chair of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the co-director of the Center of Advanced Fetal Diagnostics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Nationally, she was the chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and past chair of APSA's Ethics and Advocacy and Family and Community Relations Committees. She was also active in the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, serving on multiple committees and task forces. Learn more about her accomplishments.
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Register now for APSA 2018!


Get ready to improve your practice and expand your network. Register now for the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting and secure discounted rates. Learn more. Register.
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Help support the AAP #SaveCHIP Day of Action THIS Wed Jan 10


This week marks 100 days since Congress has failed to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Although a short-term funding plan was passed for the program in December, this plan will only extend funding through March 30, and many states are expected to run out of funding sooner than that. The December spending bill expires January 19, and Congress must pass another spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown by January 19. As part of that vote, the AAP, and the APSA Advocacy committee in support of the AAP, is urging lawmakers to take immediate action and extend CHIP funding for five years.

Please help by joining in the #SaveCHIP Day of Action hosted by the AAP on Wednesday, January 10.
The AAP has a newly-updated CHIP Advocacy Toolkit that has everything you need to make your voice heard. 

Please join the Advocacy Committee and the AAP in the #SaveCHIP Day of Action on Wednesday and contact your Representative to make your voice heard. Our patients and their families are depending on us!
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New Quality and Safety Resources


The APSA Surgical Quality and Safety committee has created resources to help develop, support and promote initiatives that lead to improvements in the quality of pediatric surgical care. You'll find information on:
  • educational safety interventions
  • benchmarking registries
  • the American College of Surgeons Certification Verification Program
  • plus a link to the ACS pediatric surgical risk calculator
Take a look and bookmark these pages for quick reference!

If you have questions or suggestions for other resources we can include, contact committee chair KuoJen Tsao.
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New Version of the Pediatric Surgery NaT


pediatric surgery
 libraryFind new topics, commentaries, updates and more with the latest version of the award-winning Pediatric Surgery NaT, APSA's web and app resource for the general surgical care of children, featuring:
  • A total of 280 topics, subtopics and procedures
  • Additional media, commentary and ExPERT CME questions 
  • Inclusion of the new Resident and Student Handbook within relevant chapters and accessible directly from the Pediatric Surgery Library home page
  • Nearly 200 links from NaT to the American Board of Surgery's SCORE program
    Coming soon! We are in the final phase of fully integrating with the American Board of Surgery's SCORE curriculum. SCORE subscribers will see links to relevant NaT chapters; if you're also a NaT subscriber, you'll seamlessly link to your full NaT access.

Authors of Phase III chapters, the last major addition of topics to the Pediatric Surgery NaT, have been hard at work and are on schedule for release in May 2018. We are grateful to all our authors for volunteering their time on this respected resource.

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If you have downloaded NaT to your smart phone or tablet, you will receive a notification – just click the "Update" button when it appears.

Not yet an NaT subscriber?
Go to and become a member of the NaT community. All students receive discounted subscriptions. Surgeons in low- and middle-income countries also receive discounts (applied during purchase checkout).

We also now offer institutional subscriptions. For more information contact Unbound Medicine, +1-800-230-2423 ext. 2

The Pediatric Surgery NaT is a proud recipient of a Silver Award in the Mobile Health Resource category from the 2017 Spring Digital Health AwardsSM.
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Pediatric Surgery NaT Wins Award


The Pediatric Surgery NaT, APSA's web- and app-based resource for the general surgery of children, has garnered a Silver Award in the Mobile Health Resource category from the 2017 Spring Digital Health AwardsSMLearn more.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Eric W. Fonkalsrud


We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Eric Fonkalsrud, who was a Founding and Charter Member of APSA and APSA President 1989-1990. Learn more about his achievements.

A memorial service will be held at UCLA in June. 

Gifts can be made to the Eric W. Fonkalsrud, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery at UCLA. Click here for more information.
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APSA Letter on the ACA


APSA sent a letter to House and Senate leadership regarding the Affordable Care Act. Read the letter.
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Unbound Medicine and APSA Launch Pediatric Surgery Library


Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions for health care, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the nation’s largest professional organization serving the pediatric surgical specialty, today launched the Pediatric Surgery Library — the premier digital resource for pediatric surgical education, training, and research.
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