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2016 Trauma Papers Competition

The American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) announces the Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Resident Trauma Papers Competition.

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 9, 2016.

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.

Scope

The abstracts should describe original research in trauma, critical care, or injury prevention. The topics can 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

Residents or trauma fellows should submit a three-page abstract to the appropriate ACS Regional Committee on Trauma (RCOT) Chair. The dates for regional competitions vary, but the last date RCOT Chairs may submit abstracts from local competitions to the appropriate Region Chief is November 15. 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 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 December 4, 2015. 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 2016. Each regional winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Specifications for Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

  • 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.
  • At the top of the first page, the full title of the abstract and full name of the principal author, with academic degrees, are to be stated.
  • At the bottom of the first page, a footnote should be included to provide the principal author’s mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. This contact information is very important.

Awards and Presentation of Papers

Winning residents will attend the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma in San Diego, CA. 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 10, 2016. All regional winners are expected to attend the COT Banquet on March 11, 2016, 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-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 312-202-5380 or Bridget Blackwood at bblackwood@facs.org

2015 Competition

The ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) held its 38th Annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the ACS COT Annual Meeting in Chicago on March 12. Submissions described original research in the area of trauma care and/or prevention in one of two categories—basic laboratory research or clinical investigation.

Review the winners and their paper presentation titles.