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2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th 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 Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

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!

Register now for the 2015 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 nonintensivist 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 nonintensivist 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 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

Register today!


Correct technique, tools can optimize femtosecond surgery outcomes
Modern-day cataract surgery requires lysis of most, if not all, corticocapsular adhesions toward the outer lens surface and freeing cortical-nuclear attachments in the interior of the cataractous lens. Hydrodissection is utilized to shear corticocapsular adhesions, while hydrodelineation breaks the epinuclear-nuclear adhesions. These surgical steps will facilitate in-the-bag nuclear rotation, thus assisting in lens division and removal by the technique of the surgeon’s choice.
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Scientists turbo charge atomic force microscope to watch living breast cancer cells
Changes in the physical properties of individual cells can point to how they’re developing and being influenced by varying chemical compounds and other conditions. Atomic force microscopy allows researchers to measure the viscoelastic properties of individual cells, but this technique has been too slow and could only monitor small numbers of cells. Researchers at Purdue University have unveiled a new technique that can harness just about any atomic force microscope to be able to watch the changing dynamics of large groups of live cells at high spatial and temporal resolutions.
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Bariatric surgery beats lifestyle changes alone for Type 2 diabetes
Clinical Endocrinology News
Among obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery 40 percent achieved at least partial remission of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, compared with no patients who underwent a nonsurgical lifestyle intervention program, investigators reported online July 1 in JAMA Surgery. The randomized clinical trial of 61 patients offers "further important evidence that at longer-term follow-up of three years, surgical treatments, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, are superior to lifestyle intervention alone for the remission of type 2 diabetes mellitus in obese individuals, including those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 35 [kg/m2]," the researchers said.
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Robotic surgery viable for morbidly obese with endometrial cancer
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Robotic surgery is safe and feasible for the surgical management of morbidly obese patients with endometrial cancer, according to research published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers performed a retrospective chart review of 168 patients with suspected early-stage endometrial adenocarcinoma who underwent robotic surgery. Patient characteristics and surgical variables were compared across all body weights.
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We must return to patient-centered care, compensate clinicians for end of life conversations
A middle aged man with terminal lung cancer prepares for another round of chemotherapy, dreading the pain, nausea and weakness that will soon follow; an elderly woman in the intensive care unit goes into cardiac arrest, and doctors work fervently to start her heart beating again; a grandmother lies in a coma, breathing through a ventilator while her family stands by her bedside, unsure if she’ll ever wake up. These are unfortunate realities for so many families.
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Tablets and portals may not be a hit, but wearables show promise
By Scott E. Rupp
It seems patient engagement efforts may require more work if the latest survey holds true. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, giving patients access to portals and tablets "does not have a great impact on their understanding of their care and treatment." The hypothesis was that tablets and apps would result in greater knowledge of team members' names and roles, planned tests and procedures, medications and higher patient activation.
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How surgical robot helps neurosurgeons treat brain disorders
The ROSA robot, from MedTech, a French company specializing in the development of surgical robots, allows surgeons to visualize and register the targets within the brain and calculate entry points and required trajectories before and during the surgery. Cranial surgery is used to treat certain forms of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or to remove tumors. Once the surgery has started, ROSA will direct the instruments to the entry point and follow the pre-planned trajectory with the push of a button.
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Failure in care means bowel surgery patients are dying unnecessarily
The Guardian
Seriously ill patients who have some of the riskiest surgery in medicine are dying unnecessarily because care at too many hospitals is not good enough, an NHS-funded inquiry has found. More than one in 10 of those having emergency bowel surgery die within 30 days, according to an audit of the treatment received by 21,000 patients at 192 hospitals in England and Wales.
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