2018 Point Counterpoint

The 37th Annual Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference

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.

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