Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

2021 FCACS Spectacularly Challenging Cases and Surgical Surprises Competition Portal

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2021 Case Submission Now Open!

The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons invites Residents and Fellows (ACS and Associate Fellows only) to submit case studies to be considered for presentations during an interactive case presentation session at our 2021 Annual Meeting.

We are looking for surgical cases and experiences that:

  • Are not routinely seen in practice;
  • That were treated in a unique fashion;
  • Cases/experiences where the clinical presentation and/or challenge of management produced knowledge and insights that have educational value

All cases submitted will be considered for presentation!

To follow the theme of the meeting - Predicting the Surgeon of 2030 – we especially welcome cases that place an emphasis on the use of new techniques, new technologies, and new ways of using existing techniques and technologies to improve surgical outcomes. Those with cases that include the following components are encouraged to apply:

  • Robots
  • 3-D Printing
  • Imaging
  • New Surgical Tools and Devices
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Simulation
  • Biomaterials
  • Precision Medicine

The top 5 submissions will be selected (and required) to share their case live at the 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 1st as part of an interactive and engaging “Spectacularly Challenging Cases and Surgical Surprises Case Study” session in which all attendees of the meeting will be present. This session will encourage interactive discussion between you (the presenter), the moderators, and the audience.

Your case will be judged by a group of experts, and the winner of the competition will have their case submitted to the ACS Case Reviews in Surgery Competition, where your case is guaranteed review for the publication ACS Case Reviews.  Additionally, the winner of the competition will receive a free one-year subscription to this journal (annual subscriptions are $125 with CME and $75 without CME). Please note that the winning submission will need to be reformatted in accordance with ACS’ Case Review Guidelines to be submitted by the Chapter.

Please note that if you are selected to present onsite at the 2021 Annual Meeting, more details regarding logistics and presentation requirements will be sent to you individually. Additionally, you must register for the meeting.

Additional Instructions:

  • This competition is open to Residents and Fellows (ACS Fellows and Associate Fellows only), please note that Resident submissions must have an ACS Fellow included as an author.
  • A valid ACS member ID number will be required to complete the submission process in order to validate eligibility.
  • Submissions are limited to 250 words with no more than 2 attachments.

If the case study has been published previously or is being considered for publication, it is not eligible for submission to this competition.
The submission deadline is January 8, 2021.

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