The Wisconsin Surgical Society, a Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, will be holding a virtual conference on November 6, 2020. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please refer to the Call for Abstracts information.

Details about registration will be posted when they are available.

Dear members of The Wisconsin Surgical Society:

We are pleased to announce our plan to proceed with a virtual annual meeting of The Wisconsin Surgical Society, A Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, on Friday, November 6th.

Please save the date on your calendar and plan to virtually attend. We are finalizing the agenda for an engaging, educational, and fun event and, as in previous years, we hope to have participation from surgeons across the state.

This is the first call for abstracts for the virtual annual meeting. Abstract presentations highlighting research from across the state are planned for Friday morning. Despite the virtual format, we still plan for the sessions to be interactive. Surgeons, students, residents, advance practice practitioners, nurses, and researchers are all welcome to submit abstracts related to basic science, clinical, and health services research; quality improvement projects; education, policy, and advocacy initiatives; interesting case reports; and any other surgery-related topic you wish to share with the WSS community.

We plan to be broadly inclusive when selecting abstracts for presentation. As such, each person may only present one abstract at this meeting. You are welcome to submit more than one abstract, but only the higher scored abstract will be selected for presentation. You may be a co-author or senior author on an unlimited number of abstracts. You are welcome to submit abstracts that have been previously submitted or presented in other conferences. As in previous years, we will give awards for the highest rated abstracts and presentations.

All abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract submission website at  https://knowledgeconnex.secure-platform.com/a/page/WSS2020 .

The deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at 6pm CT.

All abstracts must be sponsored by a WSS member who should plan to attend the virtual meeting. If the sponsor is not able to attend, the sponsor will need to arrange an alternative WSS member to sponsor the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Elise Lawson at  lawson@surgery.wisc.edu or Jessica Wernberg at wernberg.jessica@marshfieldclinic.org.

Our annual meeting is a great opportunity to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the clinical practice of surgery in a way that allows our membership to make and reinforce connections with colleagues from across our state. While a virtual meeting cannot fully replace an in-person meeting at a five-star resort with a world class spa, we hope that the flexibility of the virtual format will all allow more people to attend and participate. We fully intend to be back at be The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin for the 2021 meeting.

Please encourage your colleagues and trainees, especially those who are new to Wisconsin, to submit an abstract and/or attend. We look forward to connecting with you in November!

Sincerely,
Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS
Jessica Wernberg, MD
Brandon Grover, DO
Tim Ridolfi, MD
Program Committee Co-Chairpersons