Call for Abstracts

2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Deadline Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Program Committee of the Southern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons, invites your participation in the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, CA, January 20-22, 2023. You are invited to submit an abstract on the clinical or laboratory research project of your choice.

Abstracts may be submitted for Plenary or Mini-Podium presentations or to be considered for Specialty sessions. This selection should be done as part of the submission process.

Abstracts may not have been submitted to a journal for publication, published previously, or presented at a national or regional meeting prior to the 2023 Chapter meeting. Simultaneous submission of an abstract to the SCCACS and any other organization or publication is prohibited and will be cause for abstract rejection without consideration. Abstracts are only accepted through the online submission form and must conform to the Instructions for Preparation of Abstract!

CASE PRESENTATIONS will NOT be considered!

NEW: To encourage consideration of submission of your best work for the SCCACS meeting, publication in the American Surgeon is encouraged, but not required for accepted plenary abstracts. Manuscripts for abstracts accepted for mini-podium presentation or specialty sessions will also be considered for publication. This year we will also be giving authors the opportunity for submission of papers to be considered for publication in JACS. The Program Committee will recommend which journal submission based on draft manuscripts received prior to the meeting. All submissions will require a pre-review by the SCCACS Review Committee for feedback to help improve chances of publication acceptance.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts must conform to the exact size and format specified in the Abstract Preparation Instructions.
  • All figures, tables, and images must be included within the abstract in the specified abstract format
  • All figures, tables, and images must be included within the abstract in the specified abstract format
  • Do not use any special characters within your abstract submission.
  • If you select a Podium Presentation, you may automatically be considered for a Brief-Podium Presentation if your abstract is not selected for the podium.
  • Authors are required to submit two multiple choice questions with abstract submission for Self-Assessment Quiz and MOC Credit planning for the 2023 Annual Meeting. Each question must have four multiple choice answers. True/false, all of the above, none of the above, both a and b, etc. answer types are not allowed. One question must be formatted as a case-based question. Please include the correct answer when supplying the multiple choices. Access the multiple-choice guidelines here.

MOC/Self Assessment Credit 

For abstracts submitted for Plenary or Mini-podium presentation for the 2023 Meeting, 2 questions/answers for MOC/SELF ASSESSMENT CREDIT must also be submitted at the time of abstract submission. NOTE: Of the 2 questions you submit, 1 MUST be a clinical case situation. Under no circumstances can you include a True/False question and you should avoid using an answer choice of “all of the above” or “none of the above”.

Question Writing Guidelines

For tips on writing well constructed questions for MOC credit, use the link below to a resource for question writing guidelines. Note that questions should only be multiple choice (not true/false) and should not contain answer options such as “all of the above” or “none of the above.”


Resident Research Competition

· Open to residents/fellows

· Up to 3 cash prizes to be awarded

· Manuscript must be submitted by deadline date to be considered and reviewed

· A letter from Program Chair is required stating that abstract is primarily the work of, and will be presented by, a resident

· Awards will be announced at the 2023 SCCACS meeting January 20-22, 2023 in Santa Barbara, CA

“Rising Star” Research Competition

· Open to medical students, undergraduates, and all other healthcare professionals not at the attending/faculty level in any specialty.

· 1 cash prize to be awarded

· Manuscript must be submitted by deadline date to be considered and reviewed

· A letter from Program Chair is required stating that abstract is primarily the work of, and will be presented by, a medical or undergraduate student.

· Award will be announced at the 2023 SCCACS meeting January 20-22, 2023 in Santa Barbara, CA