Resident Paper Competition

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) announces the call for abstracts for the 2020 Residents Trauma Papers Competition.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Region VII Paper Competition

Between Memphis and Denver: Midwest predictors of blunt cerebrovascular injury
Jared Sheppard MD
University of Missouri
1st Place Clinical Research/Investigation

Oxygen Microbubbles Augment Systemic Oxygenation in Large Animal Model of Smoke Inhalation‐Induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Gautam K Malhotra MD, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
1st Place Basic Science


The competition is open to all general surgery residents, surgical specialty residents, and trauma fellows. Medical students are not eligible. To be eligible for presentation at the national level, abstracts submitted may have been previously presented but not published as full papers in any peer-reviewed journal before March 30, 2020.

Submission of Military/Civilian Resident Trauma Papers

If you are a resident or fellow in the U.S. military, the abstract must be submitted through the ACS COT Military Region, regardless of whether the work was performed in a military or civilian institution. If you are a civilian resident or fellow, the abstract must be submitted through your geographic region, regardless of whether the work was performed in a military or civilian institution. Exceptions may be made only through a mutual discussion and decision by the respective Region Chiefs.


The abstracts should describe original research in any aspect of trauma care. The topics must be categorized as either: basic laboratory research or clinical investigation. Two abstracts from each ACS COT Region (one abstract from each category) are submitted for consideration for presentation at the national meeting, but only one will be selected for the national competition.

Submission Schedule

Winners of the regional competitions should submit a three-page abstract to the appropriate ACS Regional Committee on Trauma (RCOT) Chair. Each Region Chief will establish a regional competition to select one abstract in basic laboratory research and one abstract in clinical investigation for consideration for presentation at the national competition. The dates for regional competitions vary. For the dates of specific competitions, contact the ACS Trauma Program at or 312-202-5661.

The Region Chief will submit two copies of each abstract (one blind copy with only the paper’s title for judging and one with the principal author’s name, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail) to the Trauma Office by Friday, December 13, 2019. A pre-selected panel of judges from the COT will rank the abstracts and select a balance of basic and clinical abstracts representing each of the COT Regions by early January 2020. Each regional winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Specifications for Presentation and Submission of Abstracts for National Presentation and Competition
  • The abstract should be no more than three pages and provide adequate information and objective data to evaluate the abstract properly.
  • The abstract should be submitted electronically, preferably as a Word document. It is permissible to single space the abstract. Charts and graphs may be embedded in the document as .jpeg files.
  • The paper must have a title page (not included in the page count) that includes the principal author’s name, the title of the abstract, the author’s institution, the author’s preferred mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. (Please use our title page template.)
  • The first page of the abstract must include the full title of the abstract and full name of the principal author with academic degrees listed.
Awards and Presentation of Papers

Winning residents will attend the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma in Chicago, IL. The competition will pay for coach airfare to the meeting and up to a three-day hotel stay for each winning resident.

Papers will be presented during the Scientific Session on Thursday, March 12, 2020. All regional winners are expected to attend the COT Banquet on Friday, March 13, 2020, where the winners of the national competition will be announced.

The competition is funded by the Eastern and Western States Committees on Trauma, Region 7 Committees on Trauma, and the ACS.

The first- and second-place papers from both categories will be eligible for publication (after the Annual Meeting) in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Find the name of the local COT Chair. For any other information regarding the Residents Trauma Paper Competition, contact the ACS Trauma Programs Office at 312-202-5661 or Jené Britton at