2011 Annual Meeting Overview

2011 APSA Annual Meeting – Palm Desert, CA

APSA 42nd Annual Meeting, May 22-25, 2011
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA USA

Download the 2011 Meeting Program.
Read the recap of the meeting.

2011 proved a record-breaking year for the APSA annual meeting. Nearly 800 attendees enjoyed the science, education, networking and activities at the meeting in Palm Desert, CA. The meeting has truly become the nationally and internationally respected forum for pediatric surgeons and professionals in the field  to discuss the leading techniques and advances. The 2011 meeting featured three educational sessions, five scientific sessions, nearly 100 abstracts, various networking opportunities and receptions, as well as downtime for the families and attendees to enjoy the area.

Meeting highlights included:

Education Day Topics.
- Intestinal Failure
- Surgical Care of the Obese Child
- Quality Improvement

COG Session. This one-hour, lively session, Germ Cell Tumors; Neuroblastoma, consisted of interactive presentations that provided practical updates on surgical guidelines, outcomes and current protocols for pediatric solid tumors. Rotating topics annually, this year’s session focused on current therapy for neuroblastoma and germ cell tumors, with an emphasis on surgical management and treatment algorithms.

Pediatric Surgery Case Debates and Controversies. This popular program session will include the presentation of a number of pediatric general surgery cases that have some degree of controversy in their evaluation and management. The audience will participate in the session by answering questions embedded throughout the case presentations via an interactive audience response system that will provide instant group feedback. In addition, there will be the opportunity for audience members to openly discuss the cases.

APSA/APSNA Symposium: Intestinal Failure.

New Innovation Award. The innovation session featured abstracts on new and innovative techniques and procedures that are not yet mainstream.  These abstracts provided members with a snapshot of the cutting-edge developments being pursued in the field. See the winners.