Call For Presentations

International College of Surgeons
United States Section
82nd Annual Surgical Update

Global Surgery and the Burden of Surgical Disease

April 30 to May 2, 2020
Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island

Submission deadline is October 1, 2019

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Call for Presentations

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

2019 CME Committee Chair and 2020 President
Demetrius Litwin, MD, Worcester, MA

2019 Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Dixon Santana, MD, Lubbock, TX

2020 CME Committee Chair
Thav Thambi-Pillai, MD, Sioux Falls, SD


Join your colleagues from the United States Section as well as other parts of the world as we gather for our 82nd Annual Surgical Update at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.  Our meeting destination will provide the perfect setting for not only a CME activity, but also an opportunity to experience historic Providence and other parts of New England that are only a short drive away.

Under the direction of our 2019 CME Chair, Dr. Demetrius Litwin, 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 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, many of which will be related to our theme Global Surgery and the Burden of Surgical Disease. Planned topics include updates on recent advances in surgical 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 surgical technique, to improve surgical knowledge, foster continued training and ultimately 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. In addition, ICS Fellows and other interested surgeons and surgical specialists are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal that may be of interest to meeting attendees. To see a list of topics that have been identified as being of interest, click HERE.

Proposed presentations that fall outside the identified topics may be accepted for inclusion in an open session or may be included in planned specialty specific sessions as appropriate. Sessions related to the following specialties are being considered by the Planning Committee at this time; Transplantation, HPB Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Global Surgery, Practice Management, Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery (to include topics such as Breast Cancer, Hernia, Bariatric Surgery, etc.), Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery.

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. Please note that all those submitting a proposal are expected to pay appropriate registration fees if your presentation proposal is accepted. Failure to pay registration fees by the due date will disqualify your submission.


After October 1, 2019 the submission site will still be open, but your submission will not be considered unless you have received prior approval from ICSUS Headquarters Staff.

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 from anywhere in the world as well as nonmembers. We encourage ICS Fellows to share this information with your non-member colleagues. Please note that all those submitting a proposal are expected to pay appropriate registration fees if your presentation proposal is accepted.

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. In addition, you must also disclose your relationship (or lack thereof) at the time of presentation as well as in your opening PowerPoint slides. 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 interests. 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 ICSUS 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                        

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Submit Your Abstract

Submission Deadline is October 1, 2019  
After October 1st contact ICSUS Headquarters to inquire as to the possible need for any additional submissions before completing the information form. Invited speakers should also submit using the link above, but may do so after the general submission deadline of October 1, 2019 has expired.






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