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Missouri Committee on Trauma







The competition is open to all general surgery residents, surgical specialty residents, and trauma fellows. Medical students are not eligible. To be eligible for presentation at the COT Annual Meeting (Central competition), abstracts submitted may have been previously presented but not published as full papers in any peer-reviewed journal before March 30, 2025.

Submission of Military/Civilian Resident and Fellow Trauma Papers

If you are a resident or fellow in the U.S. military, the abstract must be submitted through the ACS COT Military Region, regardless of whether the work was performed in a military or civilian institution.


  • The one-page abstracts should describe original research in any aspect of trauma care.

  • The topics must be categorized as either: basic laboratory research or clinical investigation (as applicable).

  • The two winning abstracts from each ACS COT Region (recommendation for one abstract from each category) are submitted for consideration for presentation at the Central meeting, but only one will be selected for the Central competition.

Submission Schedule

  • The Resident and Fellow Trauma Paper Competition (RFTPC) should include only research completed during either the applicant’s residency or fellowship years.

  • The presenter does not have to be a trainee at the time of the competition. There is a time limit for competition eligibility: 2 years from completion of residency and/or 1 year from completion of fellowship.


Abstracts must be submitted to the ACS Trauma Programs office as Word documents.  Single spacing is permitted. 

Charts and graphs may be embedded in the document as .jpeg files.  

  • Abstracts Due March 1, 2024

  • Abstracts should not be published or in-press. 

  • Presenters will receive all correspondence via email.

  • The presenter must complete an ACS disclosure statement during the submission process. Any submissions with incomplete disclosures after the submission deadline will not be reviewed. 

  • Presenters are required to register themselves for the meeting. Register at Presenters may register for free, and will be reimbursed for 1 night hotel stay booked through Camden on the Lake at the group rate.

  • Selections Committee notification of acceptance will occur in early April 2024.

  • Abstract presentations details will be sent upon acceptance.

Download ACS-COT Abstract Template                                      Email Completed Abstract                            Complete Disclosure Statement



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