Message from Conference Chairs on STACS 2024


Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

Get ready to mark your calendars and clear your schedules because the 14th Annual Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium (STACS) is back and better than ever! Join us on November 21-22, 2024, as we reconvene at the Phoenix Convention Center in vibrant Phoenix, Arizona.

This symposium isn’t just another conference; it’s a testament to the power of collaboration and dedication. It’s a celebration of the tireless efforts of our esteemed organizing committee, who have worked tirelessly to craft an unparalleled educational and networking experience for all attendees.

STACS isn’t just any conference; it’s the pinnacle event of our year, setting the standard for regional conferences nationwide. Year after year, we reaffirm our commitment to excellence by bringing you world-class speakers and participants who provide the latest updates and most advanced knowledge in the care of the injured patient.

Last year’s symposium captivated over 2,100 attendees from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and Finland. This year, we’re pushing boundaries further, offering both live in-person and virtual simulcast options to accommodate diverse preferences.

Whether you join us in person or virtually, you can expect the same high-quality experience that STACS is known for. Our live broadcast simulcast has been a resounding success over the last decade, ensuring that no matter where you are, you can access the invaluable insights and discussions taking place at the symposium.

Can’t make it to every session? No problem! We’ll have video-on-demand available for any lectures you miss due to conflicts, ensuring you don’t miss out on a single moment of this transformative event.

So mark your calendars, spread the word, and make plans to join us at STACS 2024 in Phoenix. Together, let’s continue to push the boundaries of trauma care and make a lasting impact on the lives of patients and practitioners alike.

See you 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

STACS, the Southwest Trauma & Acute Care Symposium, stands as a pinnacle event in current trauma care practices. Our distinguished faculty lineup boasts top speakers and leaders in the field, delivering content tailored to physicians specializing in trauma, orthopedics, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and critical care, as well as registered nurses engaged in trauma care within the acute resuscitation phase. Advanced practitioners such as paramedics and respiratory therapists will also find immense value in attending.

As one of the few conferences worldwide with a dedicated focus on trauma education, STACS offers an unparalleled opportunity for professional development and networking. With the added benefit of on-demand access, you can experience the entire event at your convenience for up to a year after the conference.

Join us annually and immerse yourself in the forefront of trauma care excellence at STACS!



STACS 3FOR4 Nurse Registration

Investing in sending your nursing staff to a conference offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Professional Development: Conferences provide invaluable opportunities for nurses to expand their knowledge, skills, and expertise in specific areas of interest or specialization.

  • Networking: Attending conferences allows nurses to connect with peers, experts, and industry leaders, facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practices, and resources.

  • Continuing Education: Many conferences offer continuing education credits, helping nurses fulfill their professional development requirements and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in their field.

  • Motivation and Engagement: Conferences provide an inspirational and motivating environment for nurses, sparking new ideas, reigniting passion for their profession, and fostering a sense of belonging within the healthcare community.
  • Exposure to Innovations: Conferences often showcase the latest technologies, practices, and research findings in nursing, allowing attendees to stay informed about emerging trends and innovations that can enhance patient care.

  • Team Building: Sending nursing staff to conferences fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork within the department or organization, strengthening relationships and collaboration among colleagues.


 Advanced Practice Provider Workshop

STACS 2024 Advanced Practice Provider Workshop: Amplify Your Skills Before the Main Event!

Are you eager to ignite your STACS 2024 adventure with a bang? Look no further than our two-day pre-conference, specially crafted to educate, connect, and exhilarate! Here’s what’s in store for you:

What Awaits You:

Half-Day Deep Dive Sessions: Immerse yourself in critical topics with captivating lectures led by industry experts. Gain invaluable insights into areas including:

  • Interpretation of CT scans
  • The Impact of Frailty on Trauma Outcomes
  • Plastic Reconstructive Surgery for Soft Tissue Loss
  • Current Research to Guide Trauma Care
  • Blunt Cerebral Vascular Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Opioid Use in Trauma Surgery
  • Massive Transfusion Protocol
  • ICU Delirium
  • Pediatric Trauma

Half-Day Hands-On Skill Stations: Hone your abilities with immersive, hands-on experience in essential procedures such as:

  • Chest Tubes
  • Central Lines
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Intubations
  • EFAST (Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma)
  • Adult and Pediatric Simulations
  • Suturing

Why You Should Attend:

Enhanced Expertise: Acquire advanced knowledge and practical skills to elevate your practice. Interactive Learning: Practice and refine your newfound skills in a supportive environment. Networking: Forge connections with peers, exchange insights, and broaden your professional network. Personal Growth: Stay abreast of the latest research and trends in trauma care. Fun and Relaxation: Experience a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere where learning is a joyous journey.

Special Offer: Registered participants receive a $50 discount to attend the STACS Conference.

Registration Details:

In-person: $550

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to turbocharge your STACS 2024 journey. Secure your spot at the pre-conference and prepare for two days of enlightenment, camaraderie, and sheer delight! We’re eagerly awaiting your arrival.

CME planned

Come, join us, and let’s embark on two days of learning, networking, and community-building!

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.

We extend our warmest regards and wish to inform you that STACS 2024 will be hosted at the JW Marriott Camelback Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Please be advised that we have not arranged for a designated room block for the event. Thank you for your understanding.

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