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  • October 7-8, 2021 @ JW Marriott Desert Ridge
    5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054

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2021 Symposium Flyer (available Q4 2020)

  • Outstanding speakers presenting today’s important, evidence based trauma topics!

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Message from the President and Conference Chair on STACS 2020

COVID-19  remains an ongoing concern with an uncertain impact on future travel. After much consideration for the safety of our attendees, speakers, and event staff, the Arizona Trauma Association (ATA) leadership has made the decision to cancel the 12th Annual Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium (STACS) for 2020.
STACS has always provided incredible national speakers and great opportunities to meet your peers in the trauma and acute care surgery community. We remain excited about the future and the return of STACS in 2021 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa with confirmed dates of October 7 – 8, 2021.
In 2021, we will once again have many outstanding speakers delivering concise lectures on relevant trauma and critical care topics. There will be special hotel room rates available for our attendees — stay through the weekend and “soak up” more Arizona sun in beautiful Phoenix!

Conference Chairman: David Notrica, MD, FACS, FAAP
President: Joseph Sucher, MD, FACS

About ATA

The Arizona Trauma Association is a private, non-profit organization that is a network of Trauma Centers in Arizona. Physicians, nurses and other trauma care providers participate in the Arizona Trauma Association with the common interest of improving the delivery of health care to injured patients by promoting trauma education, collaborative research, and outreach activities.

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.

The conference may be the only one in the world that offers a high definition internet live version to attend as well as video on demand so that you can watch the entire event up to 30 days later! – for those that do not want to travel.

Registration Special Promotion Pricing

If 3 people from the same institution register and pay to attend the 2021 Symposium in person, then a 4th person can attend in person at no extra charge! All 4 must be of the same medical background; for example, 3 paid nurses at one institution will qualify a 4th nurse to register and attend for free (same thing with doctors, etc.). In order to take advantage of this offer, please register (and pay) for the first 3 attendees and then contact with the names of the registered/paid attendees, as well as the 4th person who will be attending at no charge.
When e-mailing us, please send the 4th persons full name, designation (i.e., RN or MD), address, phone number, e-mail, and how they would like their name to appear on their conference badge. If you have any questions about this offer please call us at 602-933-4060.

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 through HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The 2021 Symposium will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.  A family-friendly, AAA 4-diamond resort with state of the art conference rooms, welcoming guest rooms, exceptional dining, Wildfire Golf Club, Revive Spa, five pools & lazy river, fitness center, and more – you never have to leave the property during your entire stay!

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Reserving Your Room at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Book your room at JW Marriott Desert Ridge with the online booking tool (available in 2021) or you may contact the hotel directly at 1-480-293-5000. Be sure to mention you are part of the Arizona Trauma Association/STACS group to receive the discounted room rate. Standard rooms are offered at the special rate of $259/night+++. Availability will be limited. Please check back for further details on 2021 hotel room reservations.

For alternate lodging options:

Residence Inn by Marriott Desert View
5665 E Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054 p: 4880-563-1500

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix
4575 E Irma Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85050 p: 480-473-3400


Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge features two championship courses designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

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  • About Arizona Trauma

    The Arizona Trauma Association (ATA) was started by a group of surgeons in 2007 to improve the delivery of health care to injured patients throughout the state of Arizona by supporting collaborative research, education and outreach activities of trauma centers in the state of Arizona.

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