This three-day long educational activity is designed to provide updates and general information regarding the practice of emergency general surgery, surgical critical care and trauma care. The intended audience is primarily practicing general surgeons who would like to improve their knowledge and skills in caring for the acutely ill surgical patient.
Acute Care Surgery continues to evolve as a defined surgical expertise within the surgical community. The increasing severity of illness, gaining population and number of comorbidities of patients has resulted in a need for a special set of skills and knowledge in caring for the acutely ill patient. Trauma surgeons with expertise in critical care and emergency surgical procedures are well positioned as a core resource for others involved in the care of this patient population in the community. Many new developments in critical care, trauma and emergency general surgery have recently occurred and continue to evolve necessitating continued education. Our Symposium directors and planning team have reviewed feedback from previous symposium evaluations as well as queried faculty from MCW and within the community to identify specific learning opportunities for practicing physicians in the region. Topics of greatest interest due to recent developments in management include ultrasound, rib fixation, trauma skills for both ER physicians and surgeons, best practices for open abdomen, geriatric trauma, brain injury and psychological effects of trauma.