Call for Presentations


85th Annual Surgical Update

April 25-27, 2024
Wyndham Historic District Hotel
400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Submission deadline was October 15, 2023

Link to the submission form is located at the bottom of this page.

Important note. If your submission is accepted, a preliminary PowerPoint presentation must be submitted by February 1, 2024. Draft PPT should be at least  75% complete, so that it can be reviewed for content validation. Final PPT must be submitted by no later than April 1, 2024.

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

2023 CME Committee Chair and 2024 President
Siva Vithiananthan, MD, Cambridge, MA

2023 Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Peter Kennealey, MD, Aurora, CO

2024 CME Committee Chair
Sharique Nazir, MD, Manhattan, NY

Join your colleagues from the United States Section as well as other parts of the world as we gather for our 85th Annual Surgical Update at the Wyndham Historic District hotel in Philadelphia, PA.  Our meeting destination will provide the perfect setting for not only a CME activity, but also an opportunity to visit this extremely historic city; the birth place of America. 

Under the direction of our 2023 CME Chair, Dr. Siva Vithiananthan, this conference will be dedicated to the current needs of attendees and enhance their 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 focus on live in-person participation. Our plan is to present both multidisciplinary and specialty specific educational content. Topics being considered 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. Presentations related to the following specialties are being sought (especially if there is a global perspective included): 

Transplantation, Rural Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Global Surgery, Surgical Oncology, OB Gyn, General Surgery (to include topics such as Breast Cancer, Hernia, Colorectal & Bariatric Surgery, etc.), Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. All submissions will be considered.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION
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 (in advance of the conference) if your presentation proposal is accepted. Failure to pay registration fees by the due date will disqualify your submission.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 15, 2023

After October 15, 2023 the link to the submission page will be deactivated.

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 ineligible company ("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), “An ineligible company is considered any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.” Please refer to links below for a full definition and a list of all exceptions. For example, for-profit hospitals, group-practices, government organizations, etc., are not considered an ACCME defined ineligible company. However, surgical device companies and pharmaceutical companies are ineligible companies. Submissions will NOT be accepted from content authors or presenters who are employees or owners of an ineligible company.

(Click ==> Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to view a summary of 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 Speaker/Faculty Guidelines or the ICSUS Policy on Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

DO NOT CLICK LINK BELOW IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO THE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION.                      


Click Here to Submit Your Abstract

No longer accepting general submissions. Submission Deadline was October 15, 2023 

(Email mkearney@ficsonline.org for more information or to determine if there is a need for a presentation specifically related to your proposed topic.)

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