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2018 Point Counterpoint

Course Overview

The 37th Annual Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference

June 11-12, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland

This Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference will take place June 11–12, 2018, in Baltimore, MD, at the Hilton Baltimore. It is designed to have a broad appeal to general surgeons and other specialty surgeons, along with emergency physicians and intensivists, nurses, paramedics, and others who actively participate with a high-performance team. As one past participant highlighted, “This is an appropriate course for anyone who has had to take emergency call or care for the critically ill.” The Point/Counterpoint guarantee is to have expert faculty, to facilitate meaningful intellectual exchange, and to enhance the overall educational experience of every participant.

The course remains committed to addressing relevant surgical and medical diseases and injuries in the three major categories of acute care surgery: emergency general surgery, trauma, and critical care. The classic point/counterpoint (pro/con) format allows for optimal critical analyses of the current body of evidence on specific disease entities and injuries.

The Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference is one of many acute care surgery conferences in the United States; however, this is the only one using the educational point/counterpoint debate format.

For each topic, one surgeon speaks in favor of a specific treatment option while another offers evidence against it. Audience members then have an open discussion on the preferred treatment and discuss why that approach is most appropriate. This teaching style is highly effective because attendees are provided with the best available information for each treatment strategy and actively participate.

Audience members leave the conference understanding the best practices for their hospitals. No other conference gives the opportunity to interact with top acute care surgeons at this level.

More details and registration options coming soon.


Charles C. Wolferth, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture The Legacy

Charles C. Wolferth, Jr., MD, nationally know surgeon and medical trauma expert, spearheaded a state law that created the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation. He battled for decades to develop a foundation that would monitor the quality of care in hospital trauma centers. His goal was to help prevent victims from dying needlessly during that "golden hour" - the first 60 minutes of care that can make the difference between life and death. Ultimately, the foundation became a model for other states.

"Dr. Wolferth created a model that no other state can match," said Dr. C William Schwab, Chief of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as the "surgeon's surgeon," Schwab said, "there was no one better."

Dr. Wolferth was head of the department of surgery at Graduate Hospital when he retired in 1998. During his 44-year career, he was department head, surgeon and teacher at HUP, Hahnamann University and Presbyterian Hospitals, and other medical centers. He was a member of 56 medical societies and the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Services to Safety in 2000.

Dr. Wolferth was the chief architect of the Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference.

All conference proceeds are used to fund resident research and education.