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2014 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA, for our 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 14th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Union Square in the heart of incredible San Francisco, CA.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

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Register now for the 2014 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two day course - 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.

Course Purpose
  • To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA
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In latest 3-D printer implants breakthrough, surgeons replace skull
MedCity News
In the latest test of 3-D printing in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgeons in The Netherlands announced that they successfully implanted a 3-D printer skull to treat a 22-year old woman suffering from a bone disorder. The procedure, carried out by surgeons at University Medical Center Utrecht, was carried out three months ago but was only disclosed after ensuring that the implant wasn’t rejected and the patient made a full recovery.
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As health system complexities rise, a new industry emerges
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
If you want to learn about the complexities of the modern healthcare delivery system, there's no better person to ask than a physician. Their familiarity with the bureaucracy and tough patient choices associated with medical care is driving many out of clinical practice. And now it's causing some to look into a developing industry that has emerged. As patients now face more choices and assume more financial responsibility for their care than ever before, the navigator concept is emerging as a mainstream industry that is spreading across almost every medical discipline.
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Survey: Most hand surgeons prefer microsuturing for nerve repairs
Orthopedics Today
Hand surgeons from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association of Hand Surgery received a survey by mail with questions concerning demographics and attitudes about current and new hand surgery techniques. There were 271 survey participants, of which 68.5 percent were orthopedic surgeons, 24.4 percent were plastic surgeons, 51.9 percent were in private practice and 43.7 percent were in public or teaching hospitals.
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Surgeons will soon use suspended animation to revive gunshot victims
Digital Trends
Surgeons at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will attempt to save potentially fatal gunshot wound victims by rapidly cooling their bodies and placing them in a state of suspended animation — although they don’t like to call it that. Surgeons prefer the term “emergency preservation and resuscitation,” but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. If the procedure proves effective, it will buy doctors time to fix injuries that would otherwise be fatal.
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PET eliminates approximately 50 percent of unnecessary surgeries in lung cancer patients
New quantitative data suggests that 30 percent of the surgeries performed for non-small cell lung cancer patients in a community-wide clinical study were deemed unnecessary. Additionally, positron emission tomography (PET) was found to reduce unnecessary surgeries by 50 percent, according to research published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
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Cosmetic surgeries top 15 million
Newsmagazine Network
More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. last year, making 2013 the fourth consecutive year of growth for the plastic surgery industry. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures increased 3 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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Advancements in analytics and medicine must provide fruitful results for a pitcher's mechanics
In the weeks after the passing of iconic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, his innovative ulnar collateral ligament surgery has unfortunately become a topic of constant conversation throughout spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. As the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics potentially deal with the losses of four starting pitchers to season ending surgeries, Major League Baseball and its 30 ball clubs are reminded once again of the harsh realities regarding the fragility of a pitcher’s elbow.

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The latest motivation for plastic surgery: Selfies
Selfies are having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry, according to a study by one of the largest plastic surgery associations. One in three facial plastic surgeons said more people are asking for procedures due to more self-awareness of their looks on social media. The results of the annual poll conducted by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery come just a week after daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres tweeted a photo of herself with a handful of other stars.

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New strategy aims to reduce transplant rejection
By Sharee Ann Narciso
UC San Francisco researchers have recently developed a two-pronged approach to the problem of organ transplantation rejections seen in recipients. The strategy aims to weaken specific immune responses that affect transplanted tissue. The results in controlled mouse experiments have shown promise so far: 70 percent of the mice did not reject the transplants without using any long-term immunosuppressive treatment. The goal of the strategy is to spare patients from having to undergo lifelong immunosuppression and to help treat Type 1 diabetes and similar autoimmune diseases.
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Obesity surgery proves effective for treating diabetes
USA Today
Obesity surgery is an effective treatment for uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes and even helps people who aren't morbidly obese, according to a new three-year study. The study, led by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, followed 150 patients, one-third of whom were treated for their diabetes with medication and lifestyle changes alone; one-third who also got gastric bypass surgery; and one-third who had a different type of bariatric surgery called a sleeve gastrectomy.
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Leading surgeons warn against media hype about tracheal regeneration
Medical Xpress
Reports of the two earliest tissue-engineered whole organ transplants using a windpipe, or trachea, created using the patient's own stem cells, were hailed as a breakthrough for regenerative medicine and widely publicized in the press. However, two leading transplant surgeons in Belgium warn of the dangers of media attention, and urge that tracheal bioengineering be demonstrated as both effective and safe before further transplants take place.
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2 spine surgeons are three times safer than 1
Medical Xpress
A new team approach has improved safety — reducing rates of major complications by two thirds — for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center. An article in the March issue of Spine Deformity gives a detailed description of the standardized protocol before, during, and after the surgery, stressing the new approach's three main features:
  • Two spine surgeons in the operating room
  • A live preoperative screening conference
  • Monitoring bleeding during the operation

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