Needs Assessment Survey Results 2023

The following topic suggestions are listed as submitted (collected primarily by the needs assessment survey conducted in May/June of 2022).

Submissions to the Call for Presentations that are related to one of these topics will be given priority during program development for the 2023 Annual Surgical Update in San Antonio, TX.

  • Advances in acute care surgery
  • Advances in ophthalmological surgical treatment
  • Are we ready to transition to Telemedicine in these hard Economic Times
  • Bioelectricity
  • Breast cancer treatment, latest options
  • Creating diversity and inclusion in surgical education and practice
  • Damage control in underserved or overwhelmed environments
  • Difficult Economy- Difficult Decisions affecting Surgical Care
  • Environmentally friendly conversion of the OR
  • Hip spine relationship in total hip. Which to do first? The hip or the spine?
  • How to get engaged in global surgery for junior faculty
  • How is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion affecting surgical decisions and practices?
  • How to plan for retirement
  • How to prepare for a career abroad
  • How to recover after practice downturn during COVID pandemic
  • Humanitarian activities
  • Improving trauma care at critical access hospitals
  • Innovations in surgical equipment
  • International Collaboration for Surgical Training
  • Key pearls for colostomy creation
  • Latest updates in rural surgery
  • Lung abscess - diagnosis and treatment (address a general lack of knowledge regarding the condition).
  • Neuro critical care
  • Neuro oncology, what's new
  • Neurological trauma updates
  • New treatments for pancreatic cancer
  • Office based surgery - when it is appropriate and when it is not (addresses competence in terms of application of this modality to surgical practice)
  • Pain management 
  • Performing surgery when transfer isn't an option
  • Physician Burnout
  • Physician work/life balance
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Renal cancer
  • Robotic hernia repair - techniques to ensure excellence (addresses performance of the procedure)
  • Robotics in neurosurgery
  • Robotic applications for Gynecology
  • Rotator cuff - mini-open vs scope (results)
  • Rural Surgery in America- where are we?
  • Same day spine surgery
  • Spinal Access Surgeons, what is this all about?
  • Spine trauma advances
  • Stem cell therapies/uses
  • Surgical advancement in podiatry
  • Surgical option for sex changes in adults with sex identity issues
  • The basis and need for surgical humanitarian outreach world-wide
  • The need for gun control and related research in the USA
  • Updates in brain tumor management
  • Wilderness Medicine
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