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Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Expert Symposium
An interactive, 3 half-day CME conference

Target Audience
This conference is designed for general, plastic, and trauma surgeons involved in abdominal wall reconstructions.

Program Overview
Complex abdominal defects present challenging problems for surgeons. The increased risk for recurrence and wound complications highlights the unmet need to reduce the likelihood for reoperations. This can be best accomplished by utilizing an evidence-based best-practice approach at the time of initial abdominal wall reconstruction. The primary repair of these defects with mesh reinforcement is an accepted evidence-based practice. However, clinicians still express uncertainty in matching patient characteristics with optimal mesh composition and improving postoperative outcomes via surgical approaches.1,2 This 3-day, interactive conference will provide a forum to review updates in abdominal wall reconstruction, collaborate with other surgeons from across the country, and to interact with world renowned experts, ultimately resulting in improvement in patient outcomes.

References
  1. Harth KC, et al. Biologic mesh use practice patterns in abdominal wall reconstruction: a lack of consensus among surgeons. Hernia. 2013;17(1):13-20.
  2. Cevasco M, Itani KM. Ventral hernia repair with synthetic, composite, and biologic mesh: characteristics, indications, and infection profile. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2012;13(4):209-215.

Educational Objectives
At the completion of this conference, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe the various available synthetic, biologic, and absorbable meshes as well as outline updates in antibiotic impregnation and reinforcement of bioscaffolds
  2. Employ methods to reduce postoperative complications and optimize ventral hernia repairs
  3. Identify the surgical methods to optimize reconstructive challenges in complex abdominal wall defects
  4. Describe the role and technical advances in the robotic approach to abdominal wall reconstruction

Physician Accreditation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and MedLearning Inc. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Completion of this live CME symposium and a passing score of 75% on the self-assessment exam at the end of the program will help fulfill the requirements for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC), Part 2.

Sponsorship and Support
Jointly provided by Medical Education Resources, Inc., and MedLearning Inc. Supported by an educational grant from LifeCell Corporation.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
It is the policy of Medical Education Resources to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Fee Information
There is a $150 Registration Fee (nonrefundable) to confirm your place at this symposium.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
Medical Education Resources, Inc., and MedLearning Inc. fully comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of support services, please contact MedLearning Inc. at 201-727-0035 extension 2255 to receive service.