Call For Presentations

ICS-US 77th Annual Surgical Update
Controversies in Surgery

June 10-13, 2015
Westin Hotel
Annapolis, Maryland

Submission deadline
December 1, 2014 


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General Abstract Submission Deadline - December 1, 2014 

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

2014 CME Committee Chair and 2015 President
Uretz J. Oliphant, MD, Urbana, IL

2014 Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Francis J. Podbielski, MD, Chicago, IL

2015 CME Committee Chair
Michael J. Jacobs, MD, Birmingham, MI

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Join General Surgeons and Surgical Specialists from the United States and around world as we gather for our 77th Annual Surgical Update in Annapolis, Maryland on the picturesque Chesapeake Bay.

Under the direction of our 2014 CME Chair, Dr. Uretz Oliphant this conference will be dedicated to the current needs of our attendees and enhance their practice through improved Performance, Competence, Knowledge and Patient Outcomes. The particular topics presented will focus on Controversies in Surgery and explore alternative surgical as well as non-surgical approaches to a variety of clinical health issues and provide unique 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 activity will present both multidisciplinary and specialty specific treatment options for the most controversial topics in surgery as well as other selected non-surgical 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 needs assessment surveys and extensive 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 have been identified as addressing the professional practice gaps and educational needs of ICS Fellows:

Advances in Robotic Brain or Spinal Surgery

Alternative Treatments in Occipital Neuralgia

Bone Fracture & Treatment Advances

Cartilage Regenerative Therapy

Clinical Instability – To Fuse or Not to Fuse

Current Strategies to Identify and Mitigate the Risk of Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) Colitis in Hospitalized Patients

Current Treatment of Hospital/Surgical Infections

Current Utility of Lung Cancer Screening Programs

Debate: Pro/Con of Chemoembolization or RFA for Patients with HCC Awaiting Liver Transplant

Debate: Surgical Resection versus Liver Transplant for HCC

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)

DVT Prophylaxis after Liver Transplant?

Evaluating Best Practices for Surgical Volunteerism 

How the New Healthcare Model Discourages Small Private Practice Surgical Groups (Pro or Con)

Latest Advances in Arthroscopy

Latest in Breast Cancer Management

Liver Transplant versus Local Regional Therapy for Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumor

Management of Abdominal Neoplasms in AIDS/HIV+ Patients

Management of Brain Trauma

Management of Complications in Abdominal Surgery

Management of Multi-Centric Disease

Management of Stroke

Metastasectomy in Cancers

New Advances for the Treatment of Aneurysm

New Approaches to Multiple Trauma Treatment

New Techniques in Glioblastoma

New Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

Obstructive Jaundice

Open versus Laparoscopic Pancreatic Resection for Adenocarcinoma

Opioid Management

Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms

Patient Specific Total Joint Implants

Paying Surgeons to Take Call or Paying for Emergency Surgery Using a Different Scale 

Physical Therapy, Epidurals or Surgery? How to Decide, Especially in Workers’ Comp Cases

Pro/Con Debate: Robotic Surgery: Is There Value?

Rationale of Limb Salvage for Bone Tumor

Regeneration / Fusion of the Injured Spinal Cord 

Review Uncommon Patterns of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Revision Surgery - Total Knee Replacement/Arthroplasty

Role of Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer

Should Small Incidental Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Pancreas be Resected?

Soft Tissue Salvage

Sports Medicine

Surgical Research is a Myth - Death of the Surgical Clinical Researcher (Pro or Con)

Team Approaches to Surgery –Beneficial to the Patient or Just Costly?

The New Surgical Training Model - Are New Graduates Ready for Practice? (Pro or con)

Total Joint Replacement

Treatment of Bone Tumors

Treatment Options for Failed Lumbar Spine Syndrome

Treatment Options of Severe Head Injury

Treatment Recommendations for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Treatment Update for Wounds and Infection

Understanding AMA guidelines for Orthopaedic Impairment / Disability

Update in Cancer Diagnosis

Update on Management of Valvular Heart Conditions – Are New Therapies of Value?

Updated Techniques for Spinal Fusion

Updates in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Use of Modalities to Improve Wound Healing and Minimize Hospital Stay

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 and Coding

Employment Models

Enhancing Communications with Colleagues and Specialists

Hospital and Physician Partnership Models 

Improvements in Financial Compensation

Risk management

All Abstracts must be submitted through the ICS-US Section website by clicking the appropriate link at the bottom of this page. Abstracts will only be accepted electronically through this website for publication in on-site program.

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, 2014
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, 2014