Call For Presentations

ICS-US 78th Annual Surgical Update
“Complex Surgery in a
                   Minimally Invasive Era

June 16-18, 2016
Somerset Inn
Troy, Michigan

Submission deadline
December 1, 2015



General Abstract Submission Deadline - December 1, 2015

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

2015 CME Committee Chair and 2016 President
Michael J. Jacobs, MD, Birmingham, MI

2015 Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Demetrius E.M. Litwin, MD

2016 CME Committee Chair
Chand Ramaiah, MD

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Join your colleagues from the United States Section as well as other parts of the world as we gather for our 78th Annual Surgical Update in Troy, Michigan at the Somerset Inn.

Under the direction of our 2015 CME Chair, Dr. Michael Jacobs this conference will be dedicated to the current needs of attendees and enhance your practice through improved Performance, Competence, Knowledge and Patient Outcomes. The particular topics presented will focus on Complex Surgery in a Minimally Invasive Era providing unique and stimulating continuing medical education for the general surgeon and surgical specialist.

This activity will present both multidisciplinary and specialty specific treatment options related to minimally invasive surgery techniques as well as other selected surgical and non-surgical topics that address professional practice gaps as determined by the Planning Committee.

The overall goal of this conference will be to enhance technique, to improve surgical knowledge, foster continued training and advance 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, a limited number of proposed presentations that fall outside the identified topics may be accepted for inclusion in an open session.

Currently the following sessions are being planned for the 2016 program next June:


General Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care, Surgical Education, Surgical Oncology, HPB Surgery, Global Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Nutrition, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery


The following specific topics have been identified as being of interest and related submissions will be given priority when reviewed by the planning committee:

Appropriate Prescribing Practices for the Elderly Surgical Patient

Challenges of the Aging Surgeon


Considerations for Surgical Education

Cost of Care Issues

Critical Care Concepts: Pain, Agitation and Delirium

Damage Control in Non-Trauma Patients

Dangers of Pain Medication in the Surgical Patient


Endocrine Surgery

Endoscopic exam and surgery in all fields

Endovascular versus Vascular Surgery in Peripheral Artery Disease

Foregut Surgery

Global Surgery: Specialty Specific Topics

Global Surgical Need – The WHO/NGO Perspective

How Patient Safety Can Lead to Quality Improvement

Improving Communication in the OR During Complex Surgical Cases

Long Term Complications from Various Implanted Materials

Management of Degenerative Spine Disorders

Medical and Legal Aspects of Negotiating Contracts

Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Pancreas Transplantation

Physician Leadership

Post Bariatric Complications

Practical Applications of Emerging Technologies in Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Simulation Based Training

Skin Cancer

Solid Organ Transplant

Stem Cell Applications for Heart Disease

Surgery in Low Resource Environments

Telemedicine for Surgeons

The Utilization of Genetics for the Evaluation of Surgical Candidates

Thoracoscopic Surgery Update

Treatment Options for End Stage Renal Disease

Understanding the Business of Medicine

Unique Stages and Transitions in a Surgical Practice

Updates in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Using Advanced Surgeon Leadership Skills to Improve Surgical Outcomes


All presentation proposals must be submitted through the ICS-US Section website (see link below).

Only content that has been properly submitted electronically through this website will be considered for inclusion in the program. Submission is open to ICS members as well as non-members. We encourage ICS Fellows to share this information with your non-member colleagues.


After December 1, the submission site will be closed and you will no longer be able to submit.

Submitted presentations should: be original, contain evidence that information is data-driven and address the latest in 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 presentation 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. 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)

Click to Submit Your Abstract

Submission Deadline is December 1, 2015  (Contact Headquarters after December 1st to inquire as to the possible need for any additional submissions before completing the information form. Invited speakers may submit at any time.)