Special Events & Programs

Companion Program

Cost: $290 on or before March 30, 2017; $340 after March 30 and on site in Hollywood, Florida.

The Companion Program offers activities designed to encourage connecting with others, seeing old friends and making new ones. In addition to a complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception and to the President’s Reception and Banquet, the Companion Program includes exclusive access to a Companion Hospitality Room Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served each day and a professional concierge will be on hand to assist companions with making plans in the Hollywood area. Registered companions must present their badge for admittance.
 


APSA Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Lagoon Poolside, Lobby Level, Diplomat Beach Resort
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 2017 full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $75 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Hollywood.

Attendees of the APSA 2017 Annual Meeting can catch up with colleagues they may only see a few times a year while enjoying a buffet dinner.


Benjy Brooks Society Meeting 

Date: Friday, May 5
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 307, 3rd Floor, Diplomat Beach Resort
Cost: $75 USD per person; lunch is included

Discuss issues that women are currently facing in the pediatric surgery arena and talk about the society’s future. All are welcome.


Resident’s Reception

Date: Friday, May 5
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 320, 3rd Floor, Diplomat Beach Resort
Cost: Complimentary for general surgery residents and students attending the APSA 2017 Annual Meeting

Build your network and get insider knowledge on the pediatric surgery field. Interact with current fellows, program directors and pediatric surgeons who practice in both academic and private practice. Light refreshments will be served.
 

President's Reception and Banquet

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Location:  Reception is in the South Palm Court, Lobby Level, and the Banquet is in Great Hall 4, 3rd Floor, Diplomat Beach Resort.
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 2017 full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $150 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Hollywood.

Celebrate your profession and honor the year's award recipients. Attendees will savor a wonderful dinner customized by the Diplomat Beach Resort chef especially for the President’s Banquet.

Your ticket includes dinner and limited complimentary wine service during dinner. Cash bar service will be available during the reception and will continue throughout the President’s Banquet.


Simulation Learning Center

Location: Great Hall 2, 3rd Fl.
Dates and times:  Friday, May 5 · 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Saturday, May 6 · 6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

All attendees are welcome to walk up to one of the two skills areas and practice advanced laparoscopic skills.  No registration is required.


Simulation Courses

The Simulation Courses are now full, but you can still practice your techniques at the Simulation Learning Center.

Location: Great Hall 2, 3rd Fl.
Cost: $100 per course
Three Simulation Courses offer a more intimate and focused opportunity to practice hands-on skills.

Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Date:
Friday, May 5
Time: 7:15 – 8:45 a.m.
This 90-minute mini-course is an intensive hands-on educational event focused solely on advanced skills and techniques for minimally invasive pulmonary lobectomy in infants and children. The course will have a 2:1 faculty ratio, with no more than two participants per station. The educational models used in the course are real-tissue, anatomically-correct simulation models that replicate a left lower lobe lobectomy in a three-month old infant.

Thoracoscopic TEF Repair
Date:
Friday, May 5
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
This 90-minute mini-course is and intensive hands-on educational event focused solely on advanced skills and techniques for a minimally invasive approach to repair neonatal esophageal atresia with and without associated fistulae.  The course will have a 2:1 faculty ratio, with no more than two participants per station. The educational model used in the course are real-tissue, anatomically-correct simulation models that replicate a C-type esophageal atresia with fistula in a 3.4 kg infant.

Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
This 90-minute mini-course is an intensive hands-on educational event focused solely on advanced skills and techniques for minimally invasive pulmonary lobectomy in infants and children. The course will have a 2:1 faculty ratio, with no more than two participants per station. The educational models used in the course are real-tissue, anatomically-correct simulation models that replicate a left lower lobe lobectomy in a three-month old infant.


Town Hall Meeting
Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Plan to stay and add your voice to the conversation about the future of pediatric surgery: maintaining quality and access.

Presenters:
 

  • Bill Adamson - The Schepp Center Study on Surgeon Distribution
  • Keith Oldham - The ACS Verification Program
  • Ron Hirschl - The Board and Pediatric Surgery Training
  • Mary Fallat - A Model for Training a New Type of Pediatric Surgeon

The mission of APSA is to ensure and safeguard high-quality surgical care for children. Such quality specifically requires surgeons with the right expertise in the care of children and should be maintained in all locations, from rural to urban.
 
Data from case logs of new APSA members and other sources suggests that the pediatric surgical expertise in performing operations on rare/complex anomalies has been diluted, and it has been observed that the availability of pediatric surgeons in community hospitals, especially those in rural locations, is inadequate. APSA has concerns regarding the maldistribution of properly qualified pediatric surgeons.
 
Over the past few years numerous pediatric surgical meetings and retreats have centered on this issue. Outside input has been sought from independent research agencies, the Residency Review Committee-Surgery (RRC-S), and the American Board of Surgery (ABS), as well as the leadership of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
The APSA Board of Governors is recommending augmented requirements for those pediatric surgeons who will be managing rare/complex issues in a highly technical, specialized manner while creating new requirements and pathways for those who will be providing care for the important common pediatric surgical problems. The town hall will, therefore, concentrate on this plan with topics in the following specific areas to be followed by a panel and audience discussion:
 

  • Current distribution of pediatric surgeons
  • Options for redistribution of pediatric surgeons
  • Implications of ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Program
  • The ABS/ACGME/program perspective