Enjoy Up-to-Date Presentations of Over 60 Leading-Edge Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Topics When and Where You Want

The 27th Annual USC Trauma Surgery Symposium self-study course features cutting edge lectures, high caliber plenary sessions, interactive and provocative panel discussions, and inspiring keynote addresses by leaders in the field of acute care surgery, trauma and surgical critical care.

A balance between evidence-based principles and innovative thought-provoking discussion will be maintained during lively expert debates.

Each session focuses on understanding the latest medical controversies and the implementation of practical procedural skills.

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Presented by:

The Division of Acute Care Surgery

USC Office of Continuing Medical Education

Institute of Continuing Education for Nurses,

Department of Nursing

LAC+USC Medical Center

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Experience the Comprehensive Self-Study Version of the USC Trauma Surgery Symposium From the Comforts of Home

  • The amalgamation of the latest literature combined with the experience of the front-line faculty results in clinically important, evidence-based presentations
  • Leading-edge topics and controversial clinical issues are the focus of the symposium
  • Panel discussions bring together the talents of acknowledged experts addressing the many challenges of emergency trauma care
  • Over 60 in-depth presentations focusing on high-yield information you can immediately incorporate into your practice
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Eligible for American Board of Surgery (ABS)-MOC self-assessment credit maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Over 60 Self-Study Topics, Including:

Experience a diverse program of over 60 key topics combining the recent medical literature with the experience of our front-line clinicians.

  • Prehospital Management of Non-Compressible Bleeding
  • REBOA: More Than Just a Tool for Trauma?
  • Military-Civilian Partnerships: Pursuing Zero Preventable Deaths!
  • Advances in Resuscitative Care
  • Keynote Lecture: Reflections of an Academic Surgeon, Educator and Researcher
  • Small Bowel Obstruction in the Virgin Abdomen
  • Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Pitfalls
  • Toxic Megacolon: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges
  • Organ Donation and the Donor Family Experience
  • Prehospital Spinal Board: Science or Dogma?
  • Blunt Trauma Duodenal Hematomas: Observe, Operate, Unroof?
  • Is ICP Monitoring in Head Trauma the Standard of Care?
  • Systemic and Local Hemostatic Agents: Prehospital, ED and Operating Room
  • Reducing Surgical Site Infection
  • Thoracostomy Tube Insertion: Tips, Pitfalls and Catastrophies
  • ECMO in Trauma: Pushing the Envelope
  • Rescue Ventilation in the ICU
  • Challenges of Taking Care of the COVID-19 Patient: Lessons Learned in a Large Trauma Center
  • Ambulation of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
  • Anesthesia for the Severe Trauma Patient: Tips and Pitfalls
  • COVID-19: Critical Care Challenges
  • Keynote Lecture: Space Medicine: Preparing for Space Flight Launch and Landing Medical Emergencies
  • Leg and Buttock Fasciotomy
  • Cricothyroidotomy: Tips, Pitfalls, Catastrophes and Controversies
  • VTE Prophylaxis in Severe Trauma: Timing and Modality
  • Double Hit: The Burn Patient with Associated Trauma
  • Rib Plating 2021: The Evidence
  • The Mangled Extremity: What to Do, Who Should Do It, and When?
  • The Septic Abdomen: Negative Pressure Therapy, Instillation Therapy or Laparotomy on Demand?
  • Enteroatmospheric Fistulas: The Local Control Nightmare!
  • Definitive Closure of the Difficult Open Abdomen: Tips and Pitfalls
  • And Many More!
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Meet the Keynote Speakers

  • Kenneth L. Mattox, MD

    Kenneth L. Mattox, MD

    Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital

    Houston, Texas

    Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, is one of the most recognized surgeons in America and the world. His name has become synonymous with trauma education, research and innovation. He is Distinguished Service Professor of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has made original and significant contributions in trauma and authored over 600 articles and more than 1,000 abstracts. His textbook, Trauma, is an international best seller. He is co-editor of the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, now in its 19th edition and recognized throughout the world. Additionally, he has coauthored Top Knife, a best seller, which has been translated into ten foreign languages. For the past 30 years, he has been the Program Director of the Las Vegas Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Conference, the largest and most prestigious trauma conference in the world.

    Dr. Mattox served in leadership positions in numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the AAST. His leadership role in education has been recognized by his election as a member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons. He has been a visiting professor or keynote speaker in more than 60 countries and has been honored with numerous honorary fellowships and national society memberships.

  • Philip C. Stepaniak, MD

    Philip C. Stepaniak, MD

    NASA/Johnson Space Center Operational Flight Surgeon International Space Station

    Dr. Philip C. Stepaniak is a NASA/Johnson Space Center Operational Flight Surgeon for the International Space Station and the Commercial Crew Program and the lead to the NASA JSC Contingency Medical Group for NASA spacecraft accidents.

    He has served as the NASA/JSC Medical Operations Branch lead for the Space Shuttle Program in which he trained and supported astronauts for 29 Space Shuttle missions as their crew flight surgeon. He also served as a Major and flight surgeon with the United States Air Force Reserves Medical Corps.

    He is a co-editor of the published NASA texts - “Biomedical Results of the Space Shuttle Program” and “Loss of Signal” - Aeromedical Lessons Learned from the STS-107 Columbia Space Shuttle Mishap.

    Dr. Stepaniak has received numerous NASA service awards including be-ing a recipient of the Rotary National Space Foundation Award, the 2007 W. Randolph Lovelace Award from the Society of NASA Flight Surgeon and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

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