Message from Conference Chairs on STACS 2023


On behalf of the STACS organizing committee, we am honored and delighted to welcome you to the 14th Annual Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium on November 16-17, 2023 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona.

The success of the conference really relies on the people who have worked with us in planning and organizing every detail. The real achievement relies on the teamwork rendered by the STACS planning committee. The planning committee has worked hard to bring together another fabulous education and networking opportunity for all attendees. 

STACS conference is our biggest event of the year and is one of the biggest and best regional conferences of its kind in the country. We continue our commitment to bring you world-class speakers and participants to give us the latest updates and most advanced knowledge in care of the injured patient. Last year’s symposium was a great success with 2,400 in person and virtual attendees. Over 50 hospitals were represented from within the United States, Mexico and Canada.

We look forward to seeing everyone in person. If you can’t make it in person, we will offer the same high-quality live broadcast simulcast that has been so successful over the last decade. There will also be video on demand for any lectures that you have to miss due to conflicts. Please sign up, or have your hospital register for the simulcast broadcast.

We are looking forward to seeing you at STACS this fall in Phoenix!

David Notrica, MD, FACS, FAAP, STACS, Conference Chair

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, STACS, Conference Chair

                                                                                                  Julie Wynne, MD, MPH, FACS, STACS, Conference Chair 


About the Annual Conference

The Southwest Trauma & Acute Care Symposium (STACS) is a premier conference on current trauma care practices. The faculty line-up features many of the top speakers and leaders in trauma. The content will be of special interest to physicians (in trauma, orthopedics, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and critical care) and registered nurses involved in trauma care in the acute resuscitation phase (emergency department and operating room) and in critical care. Others involved in trauma care on an advanced level may also wish to attend (paramedics, respiratory therapists). The conference is held annually.

The conference is one of the few in the world with a dedicated focus on trauma education. STACS will be available on demand so that you can watch the entire event up to a year later!



Members Take Advantage of STACS 3FOR4 Nurse Registration

This is a members ONLY benefit. Members must have their dues up to date to benefit from the 3FOR4 discount.


 Advanced Practice Provider Workshop

November 14-15, 2023 

Phoenix Convention Center

We are planning a two-day interactive conference designed for Advanced Practice Providers working in Trauma and Critical Care. Enjoy informative lectures by fellow APPs in addition to simulated procedural learning of chest tubes, central lines, and more! 

This concise and informative event will cover:

  • Neurological Injury
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Legal Aspects of Documentation and Evidence Collection
  • Resuscitation and Unique Blood Products
  • Geriatric Trauma
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Solid Organ Injury
  • Current Research to Guide Trauma Care
  • Radiographic Interpretation
  • ECMO in Trauma
  • Ballistics and Associated Injuries
  • Resilience and Self Care For Providers

12 hours CME planned*


Earn Continuing Medical Education

This activity will be planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Please check back for more information on number of hours to be offered.

Continuing Education for Paramedic/EMT

We anticipate offering continuing medical education for paramedics and EMTs. Please check back for more information on number of hours to be offered.


STACS will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. We are not securing a room block for STACS 2023, as there are many hotel options in the Phoenix Downtown area within walking distance to the Phoenix Convention Center. 


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