All-New 2023 Self-Study Course

Enjoy up-to-date presentations on 70 leading-edge trauma, critical care, and acute care surgery topics when and where you want.

The 29th Annual USC National Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Symposium self-study course features leading-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 29th 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
  • 70 in-depth presentations focusing on high-yield information you can immediately incorporate into your practice
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70 Self-Study Topics, Including:

Experience a diverse program of 70 key topics combining the recent medical literature with the experience of our front-line clinicians.

  • Air 5 Flight Medics
  • Tips and Pitfalls in the Evaluation and Management of the Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Shock Index or Systolic Blood Pressure for Trauma Team Activation?
  • Hypertonic Saline or Mannitol in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What Is the Evidence?
  • The Multi-Trauma Patient with Intra-Abdominal Bleeding and a Low GCS: CT Scan or Operating Room?
  • Keynote Lecture: Controlling Risk, in a Dangerous World
  • Necrotizing Pancreatitis: Optimizing Outcomes
  • Reducing the Risk of Postoperative Recurrent Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Preoperative Discontinuation of Pharmacological VTE Prophylaxis: Finding the Perfect Risk/Benefit Balance
  • Routine or Selective VTE Surveillance in the ICU for Trauma Patients?
  • Management of Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis: Challenging Decades of Standard of Care!
  • Specialized Centers for the Care of Organ Donors: The LA Experience
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Pitfalls
  • The Use and Abuse of Vasopressors in the ICU
  • REBOA in Severe Multi-Trauma: The Unknown Complications That We Should Know!
  • Reducing the Risk of Surgical Wound Infection
  • Rib Fixation for Flail Chest in the High Risk Obese or Chronic Cardiorespiratory Patient!
  • Immunonutrition in the ICU Trauma Patient: Facts and Myths!
  • Probiotics for Infection Prevention in ICU: Do They Work?
  • VTE Pharmacological Prophylaxis in the Severe Multi-Trauma ICU Patient: Optimal Time and Type
  • Keynote Lecture: Outcomes Disparities in Trauma: Who, Why, When!
  • Cricothyrodotomy: Technique, Tips and Pitfalls
  • Thoracostomy Tube Insertion: Technique, Tips and Pitfalls
  • Intraosseous Access: Technique, Tips and Pitfalls
  • Cardiac Repair: Technique, Tips and Pitfalls
  • Vascular Shunts for Damage Control: Technique, Tips and Pitfalls
  • Prophylactic Angioembolization of Solid Organs: A Risk-Free Procedure?
  • Routine Screening for False Aneurysms After Solid Organ Injury: Should it Be the Standard of Care?
  • Occlusion of the Left Subclavian Artery in Stenting Thoracic Aortic Injuries: Consequences
  • Carotid Artery Injury with Neurological Deficits: Repair, Ligation or Observation?
  • Peripheral Vascular Trauma: Endovascular or Open Approach?
  • Severe Peritonitis: Laparotomy of Demand, Open Abdomen or Postoperative Lavage?
  • Severe Pelvic Bleeding: Pelvic Binders, Angioembolization, Preperitoneal Packing, Bilateral Internal Iliac Ligation
  • Colectomy for Complicated Diverticulitis: Diversion, Primary Anastomosis, or Primary Anastomosis with Protective Proximal Stoma?
  • And many more!
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Missed the 2021 or 2022 USC Trauma Surgery Symposium? Prior years are available for purchase.

Bundle and Save 25% Off! Add 2 or more self-study course years to your cart and save 25% off your USC Trauma Surgery Symposium course order.

Meet the Keynote Speakers

  • Jim Wetherbee

    Jim Wetherbee, Captain, US Navy (Ret.)

    Former astronaut, NASA
    Six-time space traveler
    Landed the Space Shuttle five times
    Traveled twice to the international space station and to the Russian space station
    Investigated the Columbia accident in 2003 and the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010
    Author, Controlling Risk - In a Dangerous World

    A six-time space traveler, Capt. Jim Wetherbee, USN (ret.), is the only astronaut to have commanded five crews in space, and the only person to have landed the Space Shuttle five times. After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, he became a US Naval Aviator and test pilot. In 1984, Jim was selected by NASA. In his twenty-year career, he flew twice to the International Space Station and twice to the Russian space station, Mir, and was Director, Flight Crew Operations.

    After the Space Shuttle Columbia accident in 2003, Jim was the operational search director, responsible for finding the human remains of the flight crew. In 2005, Jim joined the oil and gas industry as a safety auditor for BP.

    In 2010, he was a member of the investigation team for the Deepwater Horizon accident and was the technical editor for their report. For over thirty-five years, Jim's experiences as a test pilot, astronaut, and a safety executive in the oil and gas industry have given him insights into dangerous businesses. He is the author of Controlling Risk-In A Dangerous World.

  • Edward E. Cornwell

    Edward E. Cornwell, Ill, MD, FACS, FCCM, FWACS

    (Hon.) The LaSalle D. Leffall Professor of Surgery
    Former Professor of Surgery and Interim Dean, Howard University Hospital
    Past deputy editor of JAMA-Surgery
    President, Southeastern Surgical Congress

    Dr. Edward E. Cornwell Ill has risen through the academic ranks through teaching and clinical appointments at Howard University, the University of Southern California, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a former Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery and former Interim Dean at Howard University Hospital and University College of Medicine.

    Dr. Cornwell's career interest is in the prevention, treatment, and outcome disparities of traumatic injuries. He has authored or co-authored over 26-articles and chapters and has given over 340 invited presentations in the field. He has delivered the named lecture or keynote address at over 35 institutions and conferences. He is the past deputy editor of JAMA-Surgery and served in leadership positions in numerous national organizations, such as American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Board of Surgery, Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Surgical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. He served as the President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, President of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, and Chairman of Trauma Net of Maryland. He is currently the President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress. Dr. Cornwell has received numerous awards and citations for his efforts in education, outreach, and violence prevention.

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“My knowledge has been reinforced and I can continue to educate my patients with info about the standards of care.”

— Course Participant

“This was a great symposium of trauma lectures and updates on management of trauma patient and surgical emergencies.”

— Course Participant

“Very good review of trauma and its treatment. I liked the short brief presentations.”

— Course Participant

“Gives me sound perspective from the evidence based research presented on the various topics.”

— Course Participant

“Multiple presentations offered new ideas and processes we could implement within our institution.”

— Course Participant

“Excellent. Would definitely try to attend in person, but if unable to, then would consider purchasing the conference again.”

— Course Participant