1st Annual Midwest Regional Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Symposium

Milwaukee, WI US
June 4, 2018 to June 6, 2018

This three-day long educational activity is designed to provide updates and general information regarding the practice of emergency general surgery, surgical critical care and trauma care. The intended audience is primarily practicing general surgeons who would like to improve their knowledge and skills in caring for the acutely ill surgical patient.

Acute Care Surgery continues to evolve as a defined surgical expertise within the surgical community. The increasing severity of illness, gaining population and number of comorbidities of patients has resulted in a need for a special set of skills and knowledge in caring for the acutely ill patient. Trauma surgeons with expertise in critical care and emergency surgical procedures are well positioned as a core resource for others involved in the care of this patient population in the community. Many new developments in critical care, trauma and emergency general surgery have recently occurred and continue to evolve necessitating continued education. Our Symposium directors and planning team have reviewed feedback from previous symposium evaluations as well as queried faculty from MCW and within the community to identify specific learning opportunities for practicing physicians in the region. Topics of greatest interest due to recent developments in management include ultrasound, rib fixation, trauma skills for both ER physicians and surgeons, best practices for open abdomen, geriatric trauma, brain injury and psychological effects of trauma.

Target Audience

• General Surgeons
• Trauma Surgeons
• Nurses and Health Care Professionals
• APPs

Learning Objectives

  • Given a patient with multiple rib fractures, describe the recommended options for optimal operative and nonoperative care.
  • Given a geriatric patient with multiple injuries, describe the appropriate evaluation and initial management of this patient.
  • Describe the likely impact of traumatic events on future psychological health of the injured patient and their caregivers.
Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Heidi Brittnacher
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-1831
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 19.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 19.50 NP Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/04/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
06/06/2018 - 12:30pm

Course 1: Rib Fixation 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Course 2: Trauma Skills for ER Physicians/Surgeons/APPS 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Course 3: Use of Ultrasound for Trauma & Bedside Decisions Making 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Course 4: Nursing for Trauma/Acute Care Surgery 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM DAY 1, TUESDAY,  JUNE 5, 2018 l 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SYMPOSIUM DAY 2, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 l 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Hilton Milwaukee Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States

Invited Speakers
Hasan Alam, MD - University of Michigan Hospital
Carlos Brown, MD - University of Texas at Austin
Andrew Dennis, DO - Rush University Medical Center 
James DuCanto, MD - Aurora Health Care
Kenji Inaba, MD - University of Southern California
Col. Matthew Martin, MD - Madigan Army Medical Center 
Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH - University of Wisconsin
Ali Salim, MD - Harvard Medical School 
George Velmahos, MD, PhD  - Harvard Medical School

Featured MCW Speakers
Susan E. Arnsdorf, RN, MSN, APN,BC-FNP
Thomas W. Carver, MD
Panna A. Codner, MD
Christopher S. Davis, MD, MPH
Marc A. de Moya, MD
Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD
Suzette Erickson, RN, MSN, APNP
David M. Gourlay, MD
Cheryl Grandlich, RN, MSN, APNP
Jeremy S. Juern, MD 
David J. Milia, MD 
Todd A. Neideen, MD 
Jacob R. Peschman, MD
Mary Beth Phelan, MD, RDMS
Lewis B. Somberg, MD
Colleen Trevino, MSN, FNP, PhD
Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE
John Weigelt, MD, DVM, MMA

All persons in control of content have NO financial relationships to disclose.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 19.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 19.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 19.50 NP Contact Hours

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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Skills Courses:
Monday, June 4th
PhysicianAPP/Nurse/Allied Health
Care Professional
Course 1 (only): 8 a.m.- Noon$75$75$75*
Course 2 (only): 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.$75$75$75*
Courses 1 & 2:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.$100$100$100*
Course 3: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.$100$100$100*
Course 4: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.$100$100$100*

Click here for full pre-symposium skills course schedule.

* The Pre-Symposium Skills Courses are complementary for Fellows, Residents & Students, however on-line registration is required. Please contact Heidi Brittnacher at (414) 955-1831 or surgeryevents@mcw.edu for instructions.

1st Annual Midwest Regional Trauma/
Acute Care Surgery Symposium
PhysicianAPP/Nurse/Allied Health
Care Professional
Symposium only
Tue-Wed, June 5 & 6
Skills Courses & Symposium
Mon-Wed, June 4 - 6

Click here for full symposium schedule.


A $10 Non-refundable transaction fee is assessed on all registrations.

REFUND POLICY: Withdrawals postmarked 15 days prior to the conference date will be fully refunded. If postmarked less than 15 days prior to the conference, withdrawals will result in a $25 service fee. No refunds are available for withdrawals received on/after conference date.