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2018 Point Counterpoint: DAY ONE ONLY: May 13

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.


At the completion of this program, the attendee should be able to:

- Cite evidence-based algorithms for management of the acutely ill patient population
- Describe specific management approaches to special injuries and different disease entities in the acute care setting
- Objectively analyze the ongoing controversies in critical care management.


This meeting will address relevant issues in trauma, emergency general surgery, and critical care.  The format of Point/Counterpoint, a pro/con debate, will allow for critical analyses of the current body of evidence with interaction from the moderators, the presenters, and the meeting participants.

Day 1 will focus on management issues in trauma and acute care surgery. The Wolferth Lecture will be given by L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, D.Sc (Hon), FACS, FCCM.

Day 2 will be devoted to controversial topics in surgical critical care. The Sharon M. Henry/Maryland COT Lecture will be delivered by Philip S. Barie, MD, MBA, MCCM, FIDSA, FACS.



Baltimore Hilton
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Rate: $209.00 per room/per night (plus tax and occupancy)
Group Rate Cut-Off
Cancellation Policy- 72 hours prior to arrival
Check-in 3:00 pm and Check –out 11:00 am
Hotel Phone Reservation : 443-573-8700


Rates can vary for the hotel garage; we suggest viewing online options for parking areas within close proximity to the hotel.