February 25 - 28, 2015 Red Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

The 2015 MISS will offer optional MOC self-assessment credit!

Overview of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) Surgical Conference

The 15th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) will consist of lectures, panel discussions, debates, and video presentations by world-renowned experts who will discuss the most recent advances in laparoscopic for bariatric/metabolic, colon and hernia surgery.

Who Should Attend

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) is designed for general, colorectal, and bariatric surgeons with laparoscopic and open skills. Surgical residents and fellows are welcome at reduced rates. For the Bariatric/Metabolic Program, an interdisciplinary approach is utilized and all members of the bariatric team are encouraged to attend, including NPs, PAs, RNs, and other practice managers.

Continuing Medical Education

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 the University of Cincinnati and Global Academy for Medical Education, Inc. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation
The University of Cincinnati designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Self-assessment (optional)
American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Self-assessment will be offered at 2015 MISS. Optional MOC self-assessment credit will be available for delegates who complete curriculum related questions before leaving the conference. Self-assessment is a written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses your understanding of the material presented in the CME program. Diplomates must achieve a score of 75% or higher for the self-assessment to count for MOC.

Physician Assistants Credit Designation
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts Category 1 CME approval from the American Academy of Family Physicians and organizations accredited by the ACCME to grant Category 1 hours toward the PRA.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Course Objectives

Colon Program Course Objectives 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Review the technical aspects of laparoscopic colectomy with an emphasis on complicated disease processes including the reoperative abdomen, advanced malignancies and pelvic dissection.
  • Illustrate the principles of laparoscopic colon resection for benign and malignant disease with an emphasis on complex cases.
  • Discuss the available strategies to improve perioperative outcomes.
  • Review the different techniques of anastomotic creation and the potential ways to avoid and treat anastomotic leaks.
  • Detail the different options for minimally invasive abdominal procedures including laparoscopy, hand-assisted techniques, the use of the robot and SILS.

Hernia Program Course Objectives 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
After completing this activity, participants should be able to:
  • List the current common techniques for inguinal hernia repair.
  • Describe open and laparoscopic techniques for repair of ventral and incisional hernias.
  • Compare the differences among biologic, synthetic and biosynthetic meshes and when best to use them.

Foregut Program Course Objectives 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Recognize and describe medical and surgical treatment options for GERD.
  • Discuss treatments for GERD and esophageal cancer.
  • Identify and manage complications of surgical treatment for GERD.
  • Identify and manage recurrence of disease.

Metabolic/Bariatric Program Course Objectives 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Summarize the recent research on obesity causes including genetic and biologic factors.
  • Discuss the pros and cons for current bariatric surgical options for obese patients, and describe the appropriate perioperative care.
  • Review the clinical trial evidence documenting the impact of bariatric surgery on cardiovascular morbidity, mortality, and risk factors.
  • Discuss the efficacy of current obesity management strategies, including lifestyle, diets, pharmacology, and surgery.
  • Diagnose and treat comorbidities associated with obesity including cancers, diabetes and heart disease.