Self-Study Course Topics

Couldn’t make the 27th Annual USC National Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Symposium? No problem. Catch all of the lectures and discussions with the new, fully-accredited self-study version of the course. You’ll hear and see all of the presentations – when it’s convenient you.

  • Welcome and Opening RemarksLydia Lam, MD, FACS and Carl R. Chudnofsky, MD

SESSION 1: Prehospital and Emergency Department

Moderator: Carl R. Chudnofsky, MD

  • Challenges in the Triage and Care of the Trauma Patient in the COVID-19 PandemicJan Shoenberger, MD
  • Doctors in the Ambulances: Do They Make a Difference?Nichole Bosson, MD, MPH, FAEMS
  • C-Collars: Indications, Contra-Indications and PitfallsBrant A. Putnam, MD, FACS
  • Prehospital Management of Non-Compressible BleedingDamon H. Clark, MD
  • REBOA: More Than Just a Tool for Trauma?Megan Brenner, MD
  • Discussion

SESSION 2: Military Session

Moderator: CDR Paul Wisniewski, DO

  • Military-Civilian Partnerships: Pursuing Zero Preventable Deaths!COL Stacey A. Shackelford, MD, FACS
  • Advances in Resuscitative CareCOL (ret.) Matthew Martin, MD
  • Body Armor: Missile and Blast InjuriesCDR Brian Knipp, MD
  • Discussion

SESSION 3: Distinguished Professor and Keynote Speaker

Moderator: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD

  • Keynote Lecture: Reflections of an Academic Surgeon, Educator and ResearcherKenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS

SESSION 4: Challenging Problems in Acute Care Surgery!

Moderator: Kazuhide Matsushima, MD, FACS

  • Small Bowel Obstruction in the Virgin AbdomenKyle Mock, MD
  • Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Diagnostic and Therapeutic PitfallsEugenia Lee, MD
  • Toxic Megacolon: Diagnostic and Therapeutic ChallengesGlenn T. Ault, MD, MSEd, FACS, FASCRC
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue InfectionsElizabeth R. Benjamin, MD, PhD, FACS

SESSION 5: Luncheon Session

Introduction: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD

  • Bias, Compassion, and Professionalism in Trauma CareMichael Sise, MD

SESSION 6: Organ Donation

Moderator: Lydia Lam, MD, FACS

  • Organ Donation and the Donor Family ExperienceMelea Balwan, MA
  • Organ Donation During COVID: The RN PerspectiveLeo Laoang, RN
  • Ethical Dilemmas: Registered Donor but Family Does Not Agree!Lydia Lam, MD, FACS
  • Discussion

SESSION 7: Challenging Dogma in Trauma

Moderator: Kenji Inaba, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC

  • Gunshot Wounds to Abdominal Solid Organs: Selective Nonoperative Management is the New Standard of CareMorgan A. Schellenberg, MD, MPH
  • Prehospital Spinal Board: Science or Dogma?Emily Dubina, MD
  • Blunt Trauma Duodenal Hematomas: Observe, Operate, Unroof?Eric J. Ley, MD
  • Is ICP Monitoring in Head Trauma the Standard of Care?Peter Rhee, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Discussion

SESSION 8: Challenging Problems in Trauma

Moderator: Meghan Lewis, MD, FACS

  • Systemic and Local Hemostatic Agents: Prehospital, ED and Operating RoomJay J. Doucet, MD
  • Minimizing Radiation Burden in Trauma and Alternative OptionsLee A. Myers, MD
  • Intrahospital Transport of the Critical PatientJoshua E. Hewko, BSN, CCRN, TNCC
  • Discussion

SESSION 9: Capsule Commentaries - Trauma Care

Moderator: Aaron Strumwasser, MD, MS, FACS

  • Reducing Surgical Site InfectionTimothy S. Park, MD
  • Human Bites: Antibiotics, Suturing and Other ControversiesCristina Novak, MD
  • Thoracostomy Tube Insertion: Tips, Pitfalls and CatastrophesBrent Emigh, MD
  • Thoracic Aorta Stenting for Trauma: Revisiting Device-Related ComplicationsGregory A. Magee, MD, MSc
  • ECMO in Trauma: Pushing the EnvelopeBradley Allen, MD
  • Discussion

SESSION 10: One Hour with Dimitri: Believe It or Not!

Moderator: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD

  • Panel

    Daniel R. Margulies, MD

    Jay J. Doucet, MD

    Brant A Putnam, MD

    Megan Brenner, MD, MS

    COL (ret.) Matthew Martin, MD

SESSION 11: In the ICU

Moderator: Meghan Lewis, MD, FACS

  • Rescue Ventilation in the ICUSubarna Biswas, MD, MS
  • Challenges of Taking Care of the COVID-19 Patient: Lessons Learned in a Large Trauma CenterChristine Mercado, RN
  • Ambulation of the Mechanically Ventilated PatientJ. Perren P. Cobb, MD, FACS, FCCM
  • Anesthesia for the Severe Trauma Patient: Tips and PitfallsRodney Mckeever, MD
  • COVID-19: Critical Care ChallengesMeghan Lewis, MD, FACS
  • Discussion

SESSION 12: Community and International Programs

Moderator: Damon H. Clark, MD

  • Surgical Equity in the US: Where Are We Now?Rochelle A. Dicker, MD
  • Trauma Care and Violence Prevention in the Immigrant CommunityChristopher Foran, MD
  • Trauma Care in Low Socioeconomic CountriesJoseph A. Herrold, MD, MPH
  • Discussion

SESSION 13: Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD

  • Keynote Lecture: Space Medicine - Preparing for Space Flight Launch and Landing Medical EmergenciesPhilip C. Stepaniak, MD

SESSION 14: Coroner’s Corner

Moderator: Thomas Noguchi, MD

  • The Role of CT Scan in Coroner’s Trauma CasesOdey Ukpo, MD
  • Unusual Coroner’s CasesOdey Ukpo, MD
  • Discussion

SESSION 15: Video Sessions - How To…

Moderator: Elizabeth R. Benjamin, MD, PhD, FACS

  • Leg and Buttock FasciotomyLindsey C. Karavites, MD, MPH
  • Cricothyroidotomy: Tips, Pitfalls, Catastrophes and ControversiesJoelle E. Getrajdman, MD
  • Axillary VesselsEmily Switzer, MD
  • Duodenal ExposureBenjamin Franklin, MD
  • USC-Navy Trauma Training Center CollaborationCDR Paul Wisniewski, DO
  • Discussion

SESSION 16: Luncheon Session

Moderator: Elizabeth R. Benjamin, MD, PhD, FACS

  • Preparing for Trauma Center Verification: What to Do and Not Do!Daniel R. Margulies, MD, FACS

SESSION 17: Challenging and Controversial Issues

Moderator: H. Gill Cryer, MD, PhD, FACS

  • VTE Prophylaxis in Severe Trauma: Timing and ModalityAreg Grigorian, MD
  • Double Hit: The Burn Patient with Associated TraumaLeigh J. Spera, MD
  • Rib Plating 2021: The EvidenceKazuhide Matsushima, MD, FACS
  • The Mangled Extremity: What to Do, Who Should Do It, and When?H. Gill Cryer, MD, PhD, FACS

SESSION 18: Debate - Routine Use of Pelvic Binders

Moderator: Kenji Inaba, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC

  • Pro: Routine Prehospital and Emergency Room Application for all Suspected FracturesCOL (ret.) Matthew Martin, MD
  • Con: We Are Repeating the MAST Suit Mistakes!Dennis Y. Kim, MD
  • Resolution: Let’s Agree!

SESSION 19: Abdominal Catastrophies

Moderator: Lydia Lam, MD, FACS

  • The Septic Abdomen: Negative Pressure Therapy, Instillation Therapy or Laparotomy on Demand?Mark Kaplan, MD, FACS
  • Enteroatmospheric Fistulas: The Local Control Nightmare!Angela W. Kwan, PT, DPT, CWS
  • Definitive Closure of the Difficult Open Abdomen: Tips and PitfallsMark Kaplan, MD, FACS
  • Discussion

SESSION 20: Rheeopardy

Moderator: Peter Rhee, MD, MPH, FACS

  • Panel of Fellows

    Areg Grigorian, MDLAC+USC Surgical Critical Care

    Ryan McPherson, DOHarbor-UCLA Surgical Critical Care

    Felix Yong, MDCedars-sinai Surgical Critical Care

  • Closing RemarksLydia Lam, MD, FACS