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University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States The American Journal of Surgery
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11/2003; 186(4):321-3. DOI: 10.1016/S0002-9610(03)00270-8
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: A survey of American Society for Information Science and Technology members was administered via the Web in May 2003. The survey gathered demographic data about members and their preferences and expectations in regard to conferences and other ASIST products and services. With about a 32% return rate, findings were compared with an earlier survey conducted in 1979, which provides a glimpse of how the Society has changed and what needs to be done to ensure a healthy future development. The gender split has remained the same but members are about 5 years older on average than they were in 1979. A significant shift has occurred in members' institutional affiliations, from the largest group being in the industrial sector to the largest group being in educational institutions. Members on average reported slightly higher incomes (after adjusting for inflation) in 2003 than in 1979. Since 1979, a larger percentage of members have earned a doctoral degree. The most common field of study is library and information science. About half of the respondents reported that ASIST is their primary professional society. Their primary reason for maintaining ASIST membership is “learning about new developments/issues in the field.” The most common responses to the question about what factors would make ASIST conferences more appealing related to lowering costs. Other responses related to attitudes about the ASIST Bulletin and the value of other proposed products and services are summarized and reported. Detailed analyses of relationships among different variables made possible a deeper understanding of members' needs and expectations, which provides directions for design of programs and services.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 01/2005; 56(1):95-105. DOI:10.1002/asi.20093 · 1.85 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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