APSA "On Call" - Quarterly Electronic Newsletter

40th Annual Meeting – It’s a Wrap

A beautiful and sunny Puerto Rico was the setting for APSA’s 40th annual meeting in May. Nearly 550 pediatric surgeons met to discuss and present new techniques and advances in the field, while both starting and continuing friendships. Twenty-two exhibitors gave attendees the opportunity for hands-on viewing of the latest products and services in the field.

An original photo was posted at the meeting showing the attendees of the first APSA annual meeting, also held in Puerto Rico, in 1975. Inspired by the photo, some attendees at the 2009 meeting recaptured that moment with their own group photo (Figure 1).

APSA Annual Meeting 1975          Annual 

Meeting Group Photo 2010   
Figure 1. A photo history of APSA. FIRST: APSA members at the 1975 meeting in Puerto Rico; SECOND: Today’s APSA members, May 2009, in Puerto Rico.

APSA attendees also helped the local community near Fajardo, Puerto Rico, as part of the “ APSA Gives Back ” initiative, led by the Family & Community Relations Committee. APSA collected more than 40 Spanish and English children’s books as well as monetary donations from attendees, which went to Centra de Literatura Infantil at HIMA Hospital. "We were thrilled to support such a wonderful organization. We thank everyone who participated for their generosity and look forward to collaborating on next year's project," said committee chair, Diana Farmer, MD.


APSA 41st Annual Meeting - Orlando

2010 Banner

APSA is preparing for the 41st Annual Meeting, which will be held in Orlando, FL, USA, May 16-19, 2010, at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. In response to member input, this meeting will follow a different schedule than in 2009, opening on Sunday and running through Wednesday. Hotel and travel information will be available soon on the APSA Web site.

Abstract submissions for the 2010 meeting are now being accepted and will continue through October 1, 2009, 5 p.m. CDT. Go to the APSA Web site to access the submission form and for the latest annual meeting information as it becomes available.


APSA x 4; Now Open to General Surgery Residents

Difficulties meeting an annual deadline prompted changes to the APSA membership review process. APSA will now offer application review for new memberships four times each year: August 1, November 1, February 1 and May 1. “The new process of quarterly review ensures their prompt evaluation,” said membership chair, Dr. John DiFiore. (Resident-category memberships will continue to be reviewed annually with a submission deadline of May 1.)

In addition to quarterly reviews, the membership committee has also received approval to add a new membership category for  general surgery residents. “The new resident member group will be a great way for surgical residents interested in careers in pediatric surgery to stay informed of APSA activities, meeting dates, abstract deadlines, etc. It should be especially useful for those residents working in pediatric surgical laboratories,” added Dr. DiFiore. The residents will also be eligible for a discounted subscription to The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. There is no fee for this category of membership and has an application deadline of May 1. The resident application form will be available by September 30 on the APSA Web site .


New APSA Members Inaugurated

Forty new, regular members, 16 candidate and three associate members were welcomed into APSA as of May 28, 2009. The new, regular members received their membership certificates during the induction ceremony at the annual meeting. They are now eligible to vote, serve on committees and hold elected office. Click here to meet the new members.


Folkman Awards, Foundation Recognize Excellence in the Field

Each year, APSA presents awards in honor of the late Dr. Judah Folkman for his legacy of leadership, his remarkable body of work, and the selfless sharing of his art of medicine and healing with students, children and families. The American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Association of Training Program Directors for Pediatric Surgery are proud to present the Judah Folkman Memorial Awards for outstanding research presentations given during the 2009 APSA Annual Meeting:

Best Poster Presentation
Laura A. Boomer, Cholangiocyte Apoptosis During Lamprey Metamorphosis

Best Podium Presentation
Eric Jelin, Effects of Notch4 on Lung Vascular Remodeling

2009 Posters of Distinction
Outstanding posters are recognized with the Poster of Distinction Award.

Francois I. Luks
Reflectance Spectrometry for Realtime Hemoglobin Determination of Placental Vessels During Endoscopic Laser Surgery for TTTS

Henry L. Chang
Mullerian Inhibiting Substance Inhibits Migration of Epithelial Cancer Cell Lines

The APSA Foundation also announced its 2009 Scholarship winners:

Tippi MacKenzie

Maternal Immune Response in Utero Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Kelly Miller
The Pathogenic Role of Enteric Glia in Hirschsprung’s Enterocolitis

Web Site Member Profiles Create Interest Groups; Increase Productivity

APSA Web site home page 'Update your profile lately? Did you know that every APSA member already has a base profile created in the members-only section of the APSA Web site? Logon to the “Member Connect” side of the site using your Member ID and password to view and edit your profile. View, join or start your own APSA-specific group to meet your interests and needs. Find other APSA members and add them to your custom contact list for those you want to connect with regularly. By adding and updating additional information to your profile, you’ll help other members find and connect with you.

Want to find a member? Login, click on the Member Directory and type in as little as their last name, then let the electronic directory do your search. The directory can also create auto-generated networks that are based on the information that you add to your profile. So if you are looking for someone who is in a particular region, has selected similar interests, or participated in certain activities, you’ll be able to easily find and connect with these members.

View and post library materials. Join an APSA eGroup and review and post materials to the online libraries. Login here. These group repositories, specifically for pediatric surgery documents, offer unparalleled opportunities for sharing and collaboration. The groups provide APSA members with tools that can be used to exchange messages in real-time, share resources, and further categorize them for easy searching. All of the materials posted within the groups are automatically archived and are searchable.

Visit and bookmark the members-only section of the APSA Web site, Member Connect, to update your member profile, join or start groups of interest, join discussions, view and add to libraries, and more.


New Board Takes the Reins

In May, a new board of governors began their terms. APSA welcomes its new leadership:

President, Keith Georgeson, University of Alabama Children’s Hospital
President-Elect, Marshall Schwartz, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Secretary, Diana Farmer, University of California-San Francisco
Treasurer, Dennis P. Lund, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Immediate Past President Michael Harrison; University of California-San Francisco

Mary E. Fallat, Kosair Children's Hospital
Henri R. Ford, Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles
Fred Rescorla, JW Riley Hospital for Children


Accepted Manuscripts Available Soon

The Publications Committee has completed its review of the manuscript submissions from the 2009 Annual Meeting and has finalized their selections. Accepted manuscripts will be published in the January issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. The invited speaker lecturers, along with the Presidential Address, will also be published in this issue.

Robert E. Gross Lecture: Stanley B. Prusiner, MD
Designer Prions and a Quest for Therapy

Jay & Margie Grosfeld Lecture: Michael T. Longaker, MD, MBA
Regenerative Medicine: A Surgeon’s Perspective

International Guest Lecture: Marcelo Martinez Ferro, MD
New Approaches to Pectus and Other MIS in Argentina

Presidential Address: Michael R. Harrison, MD


Reaccreditation and New Self Assessment Program

Each year, APSA presents quality training opportunities for members that address the needs of pediatric surgeons at all stages of their careers — APSA’s CME mission. Recently, APSA presented its annual report to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education ACCME to be reaccredited for an additional four years. The subsequent review involves an in-depth look at the educational offerings over the past four annual meetings. Education committee chairman, Dr. Henry Rice, and his committee will be preparing APSA for this extensive process, which culminates in November, to ensure continued CME for APSA members.

The Pediatric Surgery Self Assessment Program (PSSAP) is in its final stages and will be launched on the APSA Web site in September. This four-part test is intended to fulfill Part 2 of the Maintenance of Competence (MOC) requirement – lifelong learning and self assessment. It was designed to meet the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of pediatric surgery. Members will be notified by e-mail when the PSSAP is launched.


ACS Case Log Grows to 90K Pediatric Cases

If you visited the Internet kiosk at the annual meeting, you saw the ACS Case Log demonstration, and may have sampled it yourself. APSA, in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons, developed this online, pediatric surgery case log registry to help improve the data collection, practice management, ABS recertification, maintenance of competence, credentialing and more. To date, the overall case log has approximately 1,000,000 cases, with pediatric cases accounting for nearly 90,000 of those and growing. The ACS case log has more than 1,800 participants, with over 10% of those being pediatric surgeons. Click here to view or use the case log system.

A Blackberry and iPhone versions of the case log are planned for release late 2009 to early 2010. Check the APSA Web site for updates and details as they become available.



Sponsors, Exhibitors Bolster APSA

Following another successful annual meeting, APSA would like to thank its generous supporters, and the unrestricted educational grants of the annual meeting exhibitors and supporters. The 2009 commercial support was provided by:

Gold               Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute
Silver             Elsevier, Inc.
Traditional    Greenbook Financial Services

2009 Exhibitors
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation
Applied Medical Technology, Inc.
Bentec Medical
Biomet Microfixation
CHERUBS – The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
The Children’s Medical Center
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Geisinger Health System
Greenbook Financial Services
Karl Storz Endoscopy America, Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care
Mediflex Surgical Products
Ossur Americas
Providence Health & Services
Specialty Surgical Products, Inc. 

To sponsor or exhibit at the APSA 41st Annual Meeting in May 2010, contact Shalini D'Souza at  sdsouza@eaps.org, or call +1-847-480-9576.