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Registration deadline is Thursday for 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

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!

For more information, including how to sponsor or exhibit at the meeting, go to

Also, check out the new Chicago Like a Local blog! It's full of the latest and greatest in Chicago and updated daily!

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2 surgeries equal for esophageal cancer
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Study questions technique to repair ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms
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Thyroid surgery costlier with robotic system
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Surgery to remove part of the thyroid gland is twice as expensive when it's done with the help of a robot rather than by a surgeon alone, according to a new study. In recent years, robotic systems have become more popular for prostate and gynecologic surgery, for example, but data is mixed on whether using a robot makes procedures any faster, safer or cheaper. More

UA surgeons first to remove whole pancreas combined with auto-islet transplant
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Research: Kyphoplasty superior to vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures
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2 New York hospitals partner to offer new heart surgery
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