2016 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS


CALL TO ORDER AND A CHALLENGE ISSUED BY LD BRITT:


On April 10 2016, AVAS President Melina Kibbe, MD called to order the 40th annual meeting. L.D. Britt MD, Chairman of the EVMS Department of Surgery since 1994 welcomed the membership to Tidewater/Hampton Roads Virginia. In his opening remarks, Dr. Britt expressed his concern, as a Surgeon, as Past President of the American College of Surgeons and member of The Joint Commission, that we have made little headway in the United States, into the prevention of adverse events in patient care over the past decade. He issued a challenge to our members to address this issue given that the VA is an ideal environment to set an example for the rest of the nation in accomplishing elimination of adverse events.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

41 new members were welcomed to the organization on Sunday, April 10, 2016.


SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS:

The scientific session contained a variety of basic science, clinical, and healthcare related research abstracts which were well-presented and considered for an award if the presenter was either a student or trainee.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS & INVITED SPEAKER LUNCH AND BREAKFAST TALKS


Three panel sessions were presented during the AVAS meeting:

  1. CONDUCTING A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL USING THE COOPERATIVE STUDIES PROGRAM (CSP) MECHANISM”. This panel explained how CSP functions as well as the roles of the Coordinating Center and Nodes. It concluded with examples of successful, large randomized trials which utilized the CSP/NIH processes.

  2. RISK ADJUSTED OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING” in the VA. Kamal Itani MD began with a presentation of an "Overview of VA NSQIP" by discussing the history of NSQIP/ VASQIP. Faisal Bakaeen MD presented "Using VASQIP and SQDUG as a research tool" by describing how to use VASQIP data via SQDUG as a multi-institutional research data source. William Gunnar MD, JD concluded the session with a talk entitled “Future directions of risk adjustment and reporting within the VHA”.

  3. IMPLEMENTING VALUE-BASED CLINICAL QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCARE Bruce Ramshaw, MD, FACS Chairman and Professor, Department of Surgery University of Tennessee - Knoxville discussed his experience with “Implementing value-based clinical quality improvement in Healthcare”. For details see below.

  4. RESIDENT TRAINING IN THE 80 HOUR WORK WEEK ERA-the morning panel session focused on “Resident Training in the 80-hour work week era”. Walter Longo MD discussed “Overview of the ACGME Duty Hour reform”- an overview of the history and current regulations pertaining to the ACGME Duty-hour reform. George Sarosi MD presented a talk entitled “Surgery Resident Autonomy” quality in the past and current. Avo Artinyan, MD discussed “Surgical Skill Development outside the OR” where we assessed alternative learning environments. Lygia Stewart, MD concluded the session with her presentation entitled “Objective Assessment of Surgical Ability”, by SEE FULL COMMENTARY BELOW

  5. Justin Dimick, MD presented a talk entitled “INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING SURGICAL PERFORMANCE” in which he described a process to develop the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative and its use of video-based peer coaching in an attempt to address the variability in bariatric surgery outcomes across the state of Michigan. For Details see below…


SAVE THE DATE: 50th ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 6-9, 2017)


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