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Register now for 2014 Rural Surgery Symposium


The 2014 Rural Surgery Symposium—Advocacy, Economics, and Patient Care—will take place at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) headquarters in Chicago, IL, May 9–10. Register online for this limited-space meeting.

Dr. Tyler Hughes

The symposium will address issues that affect rural surgery, trends in rural surgery practice, and ACS resources for rural surgeons. Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, an ACS Governor and Chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, from McPherson, KS; and David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, a Member of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, from Cooperstown, NY, are the Symposium Directors.

Symposium participants will gain an understanding of national and local influences on surgical care in rural America as well as how changes in surgical education may affect future rural surgical care. Participants also will attend sessions examining health care reform’s influence on surgical care in rural America and staffing needs in rural health care.

To register, go to the ACS website at

Symposium topics will include the following:

• Rural Health Care Systems—Surgical Perspective

Dr. David Borgstrom

• Benign Liver Lesions– Practical Surgical Management

• Rural Cancer Care

• The Economic Impact of a General Surgeon to a Rural Community

• Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, Stark Law, Critical Access Hospitals—What You Need to Know

• Unusual Cases from the Frontier—"Stump the Chumps" (Participants should bring a case study to share for a panel discussion).

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