Who are we and what do we think?
ABSTRACT The American Society of Breast Surgeons was founded on the principal of professional and practical development of its members. The Society undertook a survey of its members to identify issues and concerns and to guide future action.
The survey was prepared by the membership committee and a website was created for responses and analysis. The survey was posted on the website and mailed to 1530 members. Overall there was a 31% response.
Demographic data regarding practice patterns, technology utilization, and current problems showed a diverse Society with varying needs and problems.
The Society will pursue professional development in ultrasonography training, coding and reimbursement, and emerging technologies. The Society is committed to providing regional training programs, certification, and professional interaction. The Society will continue to look to the members for feedback and guidance.
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ABSTRACT: To assess degree of development and level of acceptance of laparoscopic surgery in Spain. A questionnaire was sent to all members of the Spanish Association of Surgeons in April 2003. It included 32 questions, 9 of which were general, and 23 referred to specific clinical situations, techniques, and standard practice. Eight hundred and fifty-eight (33.1%) surgeons replied. Only 211 (25%) surgeons reported performing advanced laparoscopic procedures. Four hundred and twenty (49%) surgeons believed that the results obtained with laparoscopic surgery were better than those obtained with conventional surgery, and 325 (40%) surgeons believed that laparoscopy would become a superspecialty. Laparoscopic surgery was considered the method of choice in the treatment of gallbladder stones (99%), gastroesophageal reflux disease (94%), acute cholecystitis (81%), in selected cases of inguinal hernia repair, and in procedures to be performed in spleen and adrenals, benign colon disease, and obesity. Three hundred and ninety-eight (47%) surgeons considered laparoscopic surgery the preferred approach for colon cancer, 292 (34%) for appendicitis, and 155 (18%) for incisional hernia. Five hundred and five (59%) surgeons considered that the use of laparoscopic surgery had grown less than expected. The vast majority of surgeons advocated laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of gallbladder stones and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Although most hospitals had the appropriate technical facilities for performing advanced laparoscopic procedures, few surgeons actually did so.Digestive Surgery 02/2004; 21(5-6):421-5. DOI:10.1159/000082722 · 2.16 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This manuscript reports the demographics, education and training, professional activities and lifestyle characteristics of 171 members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). ASTS members were sent a comprehensive survey by electronic mail. There were 171 respondents who were 49 ± 8 years of age and predominantly Caucasian males. Female transplant surgeons comprised 10% of respondents. ASTS respondents underwent 15.6 ± 1.0 years of education and training (including college, medical school, residency and transplantation fellowship) and had practiced for 14.7 ± 9.2 years. Clinical practice included kidney, pancreas and liver organ transplantation, living donor surgery, organ procurement, vascular access procedures and general surgery. Transplant surgeons also devote a significant amount of time to nonsurgical patient care, research, education and administration. Transplant surgeons, both male and female, reported working approximately 70 h/week and a median of 195 operative cases per year. The anticipated retirement age for men was 64.6 ± 8.6 and for women was 62.2 ± 4.2 years. This is the largest study to date assessing professional and lifestyle characteristics of abdominal transplant surgeons.American Journal of Transplantation 02/2011; 11(2):261-71. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03381.x · 5.68 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Whether breast cancer surgeons are adequately trained, skilled, and experienced to provide breast cancer genetic assessment, testing, and counseling came under debate in September 2013 when a major third-party payer excluded nongenetics specialists from ordering such testing. A literature search having failed to uncover any study on breast surgeons' skill and practice in this area, the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) surveyed its members on their experience with the recognized crucial components of such testing. In late 2013, ASBrS e-mailed a link to an online questionnaire to its U.S. members (n = 2,603) requesting a self-assessment of skills and experience in genetic assessment, testing, interpretation, and counseling. After approximately 6 weeks, the results were collated and evaluated. By January 2, 2014, 907 responses (34.84 %) had arrived from breast surgeons nationwide working in academic settings (20 %), solo or small group private practice (39 %), large multispecialty groups (18 %), and other settings. More than half said they performed 3-generation pedigrees, ordered genetic testing, and provided pre- and posttest counseling. Most noted that they would welcome continuing educational support in genetics. Currently the majority of breast surgeons provide genetic counseling and testing services to their patients. They report practices that meet or exceed recognized guidelines, including the necessary elements and processes for best practices in breast cancer genetics test counseling. Because breast cancer genetic testing is grossly underutilized relative to the size of the U.S. BRCA mutation carrier population, these appropriate services should not be restricted but rather supported and expanded.Annals of Surgical Oncology 04/2014; 21(13). DOI:10.1245/s10434-014-3711-9 · 3.93 Impact Factor