COT to host 33rd Point/Counterpoint Surgery Conference June 1–4

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) will present its 33rd annual Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference, June 1–4, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. ACS Past-President L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCS(Eng)(Hon), FRCS(Ed)(Hon); FWACS(Hon); FRCS(I)(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), Brickhouse Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, is the Course Director. The conference is designed for general surgeons and other specialty surgeons, as well as emergency physicians and intensivists, residents, nurses, and paramedics who participate in a high-performance acute care team.

The conference will begin with a general session on Trauma Management and Controversies, moderated by Dr. Britt. At a luncheon on the first day, ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture, Surgery and Quality Metrics: How Are We Doing?

At a general session in the afternoon, Trauma System Development and Mass Casualty Management, ACS Regent Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, will participate in a discussion of Mass Casualty Preparedness: Is There a “Best Practice?” On the second day of the conference, Dr. Britt will moderate a general session at a continental breakfast titled Emergency General Surgery: Standard-of-Care Management? Later in the morning, ACS Treasurer and former ACS Governor William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, will deliver the Charles Wolferth, Jr., MD, Memorial Lecture on Acute Care Surgery: What Should Dictate a Change in Our Practice Patterns? Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services, will speak on Laparoscopic Washout With Primary Repair for Perforated Acute Diverticulitis: Deviation from the Standard of Care? In addition, Dr. Britt will moderate a session, Emergency General Surgery: Ongoing Controversies. At a continental breakfast on the final day of the conference, Dr. Britt will moderate a general session on Critical Care, Advances and Ongoing Controversies.

Using the point/counterpoint format, a speaker offers a case in favor of a specific treatment option, and another speaker offers evidence against it. An audience discussion then follows. For more information on the conference and to register online, visit the course website.

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