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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!


'Surgeon scorecard' measures docs by complications
USA Today
Surgeons around the country are now scored against their peers in a new statistic developed by a non-profit news organization that goes beyond hospital-level data, providing a never-before-available tool for consumers and generating debate and some angst in the surgical community. Nearly 17,000 doctors performing low-risk, common elective procedures such as gallbladder removal and hip replacements are measured in the new calculation, which the non-profit news outlet ProPublica calls an "Adjusted Complication Rate."
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Healthcare professionals can now use robots to perform minor surgeries inside MRI scanners
Medical Daily
Researchers from the Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Research Laboratory have started developing plastic and ceramic robots that act as automated surgical assistants during prostate biopsies in Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. The purpose of having these robots help during surgery is so that the surgeons can make use of the magnetic imaging as they operate. Instead of going in blind, surgeons can use the MRI to find suspicious-looking tissue within the prostate first, and then send in the robots to remove said tissue.
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Handheld device for surgeons could turn off pain
Popular Science
A new handheld tool called the Chimaera will help surgeons find the right nerve with ease by giving them real-time feedback during operations. This kind of device, its developers claim, will usher in a new age of surgical devices, making delicate nerve procedures easier for surgeons everywhere.
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Special glasses make cancer glow, helping surgeons
In a conventional lumpectomy, a procedure to remove a portion of the breast to treat cancer, surgeons rely on scans taken before the operation to decide how much tissue to remove. Differentiating between healthy cells and cancer cells is hard, which is why surgeons remove an excess amount of healthy tissue when operating, and even when erring on the side of caution, up to 25 percent of patients need a repeat procedure to remove more cancerous tissue. But a new technology gives surgeons the ability to visualize cancer cells in real time while they operate.
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Star Trek-style skin-healing technology could be the end of chronic wounds
Medical Xpress
The ability to quickly heal wounds is among the most appealing of all technologies imagined by science fiction. Perhaps most famously, physicians in Star Trek are able to patch up cuts and burns by instantly regenerating their patients' skin using a kind of medical ray gun. The injured crew of the Enterprise can return to action almost immediately instead of spending months recovering. Such technology might seem like pure fantasy but it might now be closer to reality than you think.
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Providers turn to virtual tools to keep patients honest
The ability for patients to be truthful with their healthcare providers is paramount in healthcare, and the industry is turning to digital tools to help people feel more comfortable with being honest. One such tool is Ellie, a virtual human that is used to help patients practice talking about themselves and their health. Ellie was developed by scientists at the University of Southern California, who found that patients were more willing to disclose information and express sadness when talking to Ellie, especially when they thought she was operating automatically.
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Risks revealed in bariatric surgeries
Denver Business Journal
Although women have more than four times the number of bariatric surgeries than men, men are more likely to experience complications. Bariatric surgery is performed on people who have obesity. More than one out of every five Colorado residents is obese.
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Surgeries in high school may result in more injuries during college play
Science 2.0
Athletes who've had lower extremity surgeries before going on to play in college, might be at a higher risk for another surgery independent of gender and sport, say researchers presenting their work today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
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