Resident Paper Competition

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) announces the call for abstracts for the 2017 Residents Trauma Papers Competition.

Congratulations to the winners of our Region VII Paper Competition:

1st Place

IOWA SARCOPENIA IS A RISK FACTOR FOR COMPLICATIONS AND AN INDEPENDENT PREDICTOR OF HOSPITAL LENGTH OF STAY IN TRAUMA PATIENTS

James De Andrade, MD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2nd Place

MISSOURI FIREARM INJURIES INCREASE AFTER CIVIL UNREST

Pamela Choi, MD, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri

3rd Place

NEBRASKA HOW WELL CAN WE RISE AFTER FALLING?  THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE UNDERTRIAGE OF FALLS

Hernan Hernandez, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

4th Place

KANSAS UTILITY OF ROUTINE HEAD CT FOLLOWING INITIATION OF CHEMOPROPHYLAXIS IN TBI PATIENTS WITH INTRACRANIAL HEMORRHAGE

Casey Shelley, DO, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Eligibility

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 22nd, 2017.

Submission of Military/Civilian Resident Trauma Papers

If the resident or fellow is in the US 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 the resident or fellow is a civilian, the abstract must be submitted through the resident or fellow’s 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.

Scope

The abstracts should describe original research in trauma, acute care or injury prevention.

The papers must be categorized as either:

  1. basic laboratory research or
  2. clinical research/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.

Time Schedule for Submission of Papers

Winners of the Regional Competition should submit a three-page abstract to the appropriate ACS Regional Committee on Trauma (RCOT) Chair (information can be obtained by contacting the ACS Trauma Office or by going to www.facs.org/trauma/regional.html). Each Region Chief will establish a regional competition to select one abstract in basic laboratory research and one abstract in clinical research/investigation for consideration for presentation at the national competition. The dates for regional competitions vary; for assistance obtaining the date for a specific competition, please contact the ACS Trauma Programs Office at the phone or email below.

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 email) to the Trauma Office by Wednesday December 14th, 2016. A pre-selected panel of judges from the COT will rank these abstracts and select a balance of basic and clinical abstracts representing each of the COT Regions by early January 2017. 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 must be submitted electronically 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) which includes the principal author’s name, the title of the abstract, the author’s institution, the author’s preferred mailing address, telephone number and email address. The title page is attached.
  • The first page of the abstract should include the full name of the principal author, with degrees, and the full title of the abstract.
Awards and Presentation of Papers

Winning residents will attend the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma in Washington DC. 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 afternoon, March 2, 2017. All regional winners are also expected to attend the Committee on Trauma Banquet on March 3, 2017 where the winners of the national competition will be announced.

The competition is funded in part by the Eastern and Western States Committees on Trauma, Region 7 Committees on Trauma and the American College of Surgeons.

The first-place papers from both the Basic Science and Clinical Research/Investigation categories will be eligible for publication (after the Annual Meeting) in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

American College of Surgeons
Trauma Office
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Phone: 312-202-5661
Fax: 312-202-5015
Email to: Jené Britton at jbritton@facs.org