Call For Presentations

ICS-US 76th Annual Surgical Update
The Future of Surgery: A Paradigm Shift

June 11-14, 2014
Hilton Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee

Submission deadline extended
until December 31, 2013 for
Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
topics only.

Use link at bottom of page to submit.

General Abstract Submission Deadline - December 1, 2013 

Course Sponsor
International College of Surgeons-United States Section
An ACCME Accredited Provider

2013 CME Committee Chair and 2014 President
Ari Halldorsson, MD, Lubbock, TX

2013 Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Michael J. Jacobs, MD, Birmingham, MI

2014 CME Committee Chair
Uretz J. Oliphant, MD, Urbana, IL

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Join General Surgeons and Surgical Specialists from around the nation and around the globe as we gather for our 76th Annual Surgical Update in Memphis,  the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home of the Blues.

Under the direction of our 2013 CME Chair, Dr. Ari Halldorsson this conference will be dedicated to addressing the current needs of our attendees and enhancing their practice through improved Performance, Competence, Knowledge and positive Patient Outcomes. The particular topics presented will focus on The Future of Surgery: A Paradigm Shift and explore the newest trends in surgical innovation and changing approaches to surgery and continuing education for the general surgeon and surgical specialist.

This is your opportunity to gain recognition as an educator in your area of surgical expertise while gaining exposure among an international audience.

This conference; The Future of Surgery: A Paradigm Shift, will focus on both multidisciplinary and specialty specific approaches related to new and emerging trends in trauma and critical care surgery as well as other selected topics that address professional practice gaps as determined by the Planning Committee.

The overall goal of this conference will be to enhance overall technique, to advance current surgical knowledge, foster continued training and improve patient care.

As a result of membership surveys and research by the planning committee; a number of topics have been identified that address the professional practice gaps of meeting attendees. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal that fits into one or more of these topic areas. In addition, some proposed presentations that fall outside the identified topics may be accepted for inclusion in an open session.

The following topics related to Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, have been identified as addressing the educational needs of ICS Fellows:

Acute Problems Following Bariatric Surgery - Diagnosis and Management

Assessment and Treatment Options of the Acute Abdomen

Complex Spinal Trauma

Considerations for Pediatric Trauma Patients with Chronic Conditions

Controlling Edema in Orthopedic Trauma  (Click here to see other Orthopaedic topics)

Current Management of Blunt Abdominal Trauma in Children

Diagnoses and Treatment of Blunt Cerebral Vascular Injuries

Diagnoses and Treatment of Blunt Diaphragmatic Injuries

Endovascular Management of Acute Vascular Emergencies

Management of Complex Liver Injuries

Management of Rectal Trauma

Management of the Mangled Extremity

Maximizing Organ Donation

Options for Major Venous Repair

Penetrating Neck and Maxillofacial Trauma

Platelet Dysfunction and Hyperfibrinolysis

Pneumothorax and Intrathoracic Airspace

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Click here to see other Neurosurgery topics)

Surgical Management and Complex Repair of Penetrating Liver Injuries

Unique Approaches to Peripheral Vascular Injuries

Use of Topical Hemostatic Agents

Based on Needs Assessment data the following topics were also identified as addressing the professional practice gaps of ICS Fellows:

Advanced management of pancreatic illness

Complex spinal procedures:

Hepatocellular carcinoma

Laparoscopic suturing


Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Total hip replacement

Interest has been expressed in the following practice management areas, if you have experience that you wish to share, please submit a presentation proposal.

Asset protection

Billing / coding

How to identify appropriate employees and start a surgical practice

Interpretation of cost effectiveness studies

Maintaining an academic presence without working at an academic institution

The business of medicine 

All Abstracts must be submitted through the ICS-US Section website by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Abstracts will only be accepted electronically.

Abstract submission is open to ICS members as well as non-members.  We encourage ICS Fellows to share this information with your non-member colleagues.

All Abstracts must be received by December 1, 2013
After December 1, the submission site will be closed and you will not be able to submit an abstract.

Submitted papers should be: original, contain evidence that information presented is data-driven and address the latest clinical surgical applications.  Proprietary names of drugs and or instrumentation are not allowed, generic names must be used.

ALL content authors are required to disclose any financial relationship(s) with an ACCME-defined commercial interest ("industry") at the time of submission. According to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), “A commercial interest is considered any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.” Please refer to links on the ICS-US abstract submission page for a full definition and a list of all exceptions. For example, for-profit hospitals, group-practices, government organizations, etc., are not considered ACCME-defined commercial interest. However, surgical device companies and pharmaceutical companies are commercial interests. Abstract submissions will NOT be accepted from content authors who are employees or owners of a commercial interest.

(Click the “Frequently Asked Questions” link to view ICS-US policies for the identification and resolutions of “Conflict of Interest”.   All planning committee members and faculty (this includes potential faculty through abstract submission) are required to adhere to these policies. Those individuals who fail to comply will be removed or excluded from the program.  

Click here to review additional Speaker/Faculty Guidelines                              (click here to view PDF)

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Submission Deadline is December 1, 2013 (Deadline extended to December 31, 2013 for Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery topics only)