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APSA Supports HHS Approach; Daily Updates and How To Get Involved

The disaster in Haiti and the significant need there for medical personnel has touched us all. With nearly 40% of the Haitian population under the age of 18, many of the injured are children. Given our profession, many APSA members have expressed the desire to lend their professional help.  

The U.S. Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working to coordinate the efforts of volunteers. For those who want to send supplies or lend assistance, you must register your name at the Center for International Disaster Information at www.cidi.org. This will allow the U.S. Government to resolve the issues of passports, insurance and supplies. They will then select those best qualified to meet the current needs in Haiti.
Criteria include: 

Specialists in pediatric trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery and
anesthesiology (training should be completed)
Ability to speak Haitian Creole or French helpful,
but not mandatory
Ability to stay in the country for two weeks
Ability to live in austere conditions - sleeping on cots or
floors, MREs (meals ready to eat), etc.
Be prepared to travel within one to two weeks

APSA is in full support of the government's organized approach and urge those interested in volunteering or sending supplies to contact the CIDI at the above Web site. The APSA Web site (www.eapsa.org) provides a partial list of organzations accepting donations, as well as links to the CIDI and the American College of Surgeons' special Web page, which both provide daily updates.

Network and Stay Connected With APSA’s New Web All-Member Group

Now every APSA member can be a part of a new, private “All-Member Group” that has been created on the members-only side of the APSA Web site. Every member can join the group to post and read posts from other APSA members on topics of interest, interact with colleagues, read uploaded scientific documents and upload your own into the group library, and more. Log in, go to your PROFILE, and you’ll see you now have the option to JOIN this All-Member Group.

  • View and post discussions and comments
  • Upload papers, videos, abstracts and articles

If you’re on a committee, your profile will also show you as a member of your committee Group where you can network with your committee and obtain the agendas, minutes and other related documents. Don’t wait until the annual meeting to interact with your colleagues. Log in today, join the All-Member Group and get started.

  APSA’s New Self-Assessment Program
Provides Required CMEs

APSA is making it easier to fulfill your annual CME requirements with the addition of the Pediatric Surgery Self Assessment Program (PSSAP), launched this fall. To date nearly 10 percent of the active membership have already taken Phase I, consisting of 62 questions. The second set of questions for Phase II is currently underway and will be available in 2010.

Intended to fulfill Part 2 – Lifelong learning and self-assessment of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement, PSSAP also helps to meet the educational needs (knowledge, competence, or performance) that underlie the professional practice gaps of pediatric surgery. Take Phase I now and earn 10 Category 1 CME credits for $45 (member rate). Click here.





 2010 Annual Meeting

Registration is NOW OPEN for the nation’s largest meeting exclusively for pediatric surgeons at the APSA 41st Annual Meeting, May 16-19, 2010 in Orlando, FL USA. This year's meeting features new and innovative sessions designed to educate and create discussion. Highlights for 2010 include:

  • Education day topics
    • Evidence-Based Medicine in Pediatric Surgery
    • Updates on Clinical Trials
    • International Collaborations in Pediatric Surgery
  • NEW- COG Education Session - This new cancer session will consist of two 40-minute interactive presentations that will provide practical updates on surgical guidelines, outcomes and current protocols for pediatric solid tumors. Rotating topics annually, this year’s session will focus on current therapy for renal and liver tumors, with an emphasis on surgical management and treatment algorithms.
  • Pediatric Surgery Case Debates and Controversies - This program session will include the presentation of a number of pediatric general surgery cases that have some degree of controversy in their evaluation and management. The audience will participate in the session by answering questions embedded throughout the case presentations via an interactive audience response system that will provide instant group feedback. In addition, there will be the opportunity for audience members to openly discuss the cases.
  • NEW! APSA/IPEG Workshop and Demonstration -  "Advanced Neonatal Endoscopic Techniques" - This new workshop will feature minimally invasive surgical training, as well as an off-site demonstration. Registration is limited and will be separate.
  • New Technology Session - The new technology session will feature abstracts on new and innovative techniques and procedures that are not yet mainstream. These abstracts will provide members with a snapshot of the cutting edge developments being pursued in the field.
  • Abstracts – View over 30 posters that will be on display during the meeting.
  • Top Keynote Speakers – A strong line-up of keynote lectures have been planned for the 2010 annual meeting. Here is a sneak peek at the speakers and their topics you won’t want to miss:

Robert E. Gross Lecture
John D. Birkmeyer, MD
Measuring and Improving the Quality of Pediatric Surgery

Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture
Christopher K. Breuer, MD
The Development and Translation of the Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft

Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture
Robert H. Bartlett, MD
ECMO: Gross, Beethoven, Krummel and Georgeson

International Guest Lecture
Jan Deprest, MD, PhD
Prenatal Management of the Fetus with Isolated CDH

President’s Lecture
Keith E. Georgeson, MD
Pioneers, Cowboys and Desperados: A Brief History of Pediatric Surgical Innovation

  • And more free time built into the schedule to enjoy with your family! Based on your meeting feedback, we’ve factored in more free time to give you a chance to enjoy Orlando.

A meeting announcement will be sent to all members in January, followed by the full program. Watch your inbox and check the APSA Web site for the most current annual meeting information as it becomes available.



  NSQIP Update- Phase II Starting

NSQIP Web pagePhase II of the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program project opened earlier this month.  Based on the initial enrollment period, it is anticipated that 20 to 26 institutions will be participating in this inaugural phase.  The Pediatric NSQIP has been developed in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons and is the first outcomes-based program, designed to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in children across all specialties. The program employs a prospective data collection process to quantify 30-day surgical outcomes with the goal of developing a risk-adjusted model that will permit a valid comparison of outcomes among all hospitals in the program. The process is designed so that the data can be used to make informed decisions regarding continuous quality improvement efforts at a system or institutional level. 

The second enrollment period for institutions interested in joining will open in late spring or early summer. For additional information, contact Charles Fisher at the American College of Surgeons (



  NEW- Two Annual Ballots Offer Quicker Path to Membership

To decrease the waiting time between submitting an application and being voted into membership, APSA now has two ballot sessions per year – in April and November, as well as quarterly application deadlines. If you know of a prospective member, suggest they apply for APSA membership before the next application deadline of February 1.


  APSA Sees First Wave of General Surgery Resident/1st Year Fellow Applicants

Since opening membership to general surgery residents this fall, APSA saw its first group of applicants through the process. First year fellows are also eligible to apply under this resident status. There are no dues for resident membership, and an optional subscription to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery may be purchased at a discounted rate of $189 per year. Apply by the next deadline of February 1.  LEARN MORE.




Scholarship Available for Executive Leadership Program

APSA and the ACS are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, June 13-19, 2010. READ MORE.



JPS Articles of Interest 

Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Dec. 2009 issue:
Papers Presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Hong Kong, China, May 10-14, 2009

Journal of Pediatric Surgery, January 2010 issue
Papers Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, May 28- June 1, 2009


Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
February 22-24, 2010
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

APSA Annual Meeting
May 16-19, 2010
Orlando, FL USA

11th Congress of European Pediatric Surgeons Association
June 2-5, 2010
Bern, Switzerland

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons 2010 Congress
July 22-24, 2010
Aberdeen, Scotland

XXIII International Symposium on Paediatric Surgical Research
September 12-14, 2010 
Tokyo, Japan