World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia
October 16-17, 2013
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

The International College of Surgeons (ICS), the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Ministry of Health of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago invite you to join the inaugural World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia (WCSOTA), taking place October 16-17, 2013 at the Regency Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. This premier meeting will bring together regional and international experts from the public and private sector to share the latest research, technology and innovation surrounding the global delivery of surgery, obstetrics, trauma, anesthesia and nursing.

We invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation at the WCSOTA. The WCSOTA will focus on addressing global surgical care challenges within the context of accessibility, sustainability and evidence-based practice, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing across disciplines. Abstracts will be accepted in the following general areas:

  • General Surgery, Neurosurgery & Orthopedics
  • OB/GYN & Urology
  • Trauma
  • Anesthesia & Critical Care
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Plastics, ENT, OMFS & Ophthalmology
  • Cross-disciplinary Issues in Global Surgery

Official WCSOTA Partners

The WCSOTA is being presented in collaboration with the International College of Surgeons (ICS), the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago.

The WCSOTA will take place immediately following the 5th World Health Organization Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Care Meeting (WHO GIEESC) and will build on the momentum of this biennial gathering of global experts, advocates, policymakers, clinicians and academics (October 14th to 15th, 2013;

Important Dates

  • Priority Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to Thursday August 1, 2013
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Thursday August 1, 2013
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: Friday August 16, 2013 (for abstracts submitted by August 1, 2013)
  • Oral and Poster Presentations: Wednesday October 16 & Thursday October 17, 2013

  • For questions regarding abstract content and submission, please contact:

    For any technical questions pertaining to submission: Contact technical support

    Please visit the conference registration website to register for the academic sessions:

    World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia

    October 16-17, 2013, Hyatt Regency Trinidad

    1 Wrightson Rd, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago




    Oral Presentations:

    Oral presentations will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday October 16-17, 2013. Presenters will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation that will be followed by 3 minutes for audience questions, beginning with an assigned discussant. Cases that are not selected for oral presentation will be considered for inclusion in the poster session.

    Poster Presentations:

    Poster Presentations are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday October 16-17, 2013 during extended mid-day breaks. Posters boards and pins/Velcro will be available at the conference venue. The designated poster size is 4 feet high by 6 feet wide.

    Please indicate on your submission whether your preference is for an oral abstract or poster presentation.

    Abstracts will be selected based on the overall quality of the submission with special emphasis on abstracts that address WCSOTA 2013 themes:

    • Accessibility
    • Sustainability
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Cross-disciplinary collaboration

    • All abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract submission system. There is no fee for submitting abstracts.

      • The following contact information is required for the Presenting Author:
        • Title/salutation, First Name, Last Name, Department, Institution, Street Address, City, State, Country, Phone Number, and a valid email address .
        • In addition, First Name, Last Name, Institution, City, State, Country, and a valid email address are required for Co-Author(s).
        • Must answer the following:
          • Are you a WHO GIEESC Member?
          • Did you attend the 2013 WHO GIEESC Conference?
        • How did you hear about the WCSOTA and abstract submission process ? Please select all that apply
          • Email announcement
          • Mail Out
          • Website
          • Personal communication
          • Professional organization
          • Other
      • Every author is required to fully disclose sources of financial support. Abstract review will NOT be based on this information. This information is required by the conference Continuing Medical Education sponsor.
      • You will receive email confirmation that your abstract has been successfully submitted.


      Category Selection

      Please select the appropriate submission category:

      1. General Surgery, Neurosurgery & Orthopedics
      2. OB/GYN & Urology
      3. Trauma
      4. Anesthhsia & Critical Care
      5. Nursing and Midwifery
      6. Plastics, ENT, OMFS & Ophthalmology
      7. Cross-disciplinary Issues in Global Surgery

      Abstract Format:

      Each abstract should be 350 words or less, have a descriptive title.

      Scientific abstracts should be divided into the following 4 sections:

      1. Background
      2. Methods
      3. Results
      4. Conclusion

      Abstracts that describe and intervention or a practice management approach have the option to employ the following format:

      1. Statement of the problem
      2. Description of the Intervention or Program
      3. Findings to date
      4. Lessons Learned

      All abstract submissions may also include 1 table or figure.

      Additional Details:

      • The abstract title should be brief and should clearly indicate the content of the paper. Abbreviations must not be used in the abstract titles.
      • Please state the authors' names and institutional affiliations in separate fields. If an author does NOT have an institutional affiliation, indicate their city, state/province, and country.
      • Single space all typing with one space between paragraphs.
      • Underlining or capitalization for emphasis is not permitted.
      • Simple tables or graphs may be included and will not count against the word limit.
      • Graphs can be uploaded in colour, however, please not that all images will be printed in black and white in conference materials. We recommend creating images in black and white for uploading.
      • All abstracts may reflect work previously presented elsewhere, however the work should not be published prior to the meeting dates. Work currently under peer review with an anticipated publication date after October 17th, 2013 may be submitted. Because of copyright law. a submitted abstract may not be identical to a previously published abstract.
      • There is no limit on the total number of abstracts submitted by each presenter. However, each presenter is limited to a maximum of 2 oral presentations and any additional accepted abstracts (beyond the 2 oral presentations) will be slotted for poster presentation. There is no limit to the number of poster presentations per individual.
      • All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference.
      • Presenters are responsible for all travel/staying expenses associated with oral or poster presentation.


      CME Compliance

      All educational materials used in live programs and enduring formats must adhere to the following requirements:
      • For oral presenters, please include a slide at the beginning of your presentation stating your learning objective(s).
      • For poster presenters, please include a learning objective(s), in easily readable font, on the poster.
      • Educational materials that are part of a CME activity cannot contain any advertising, trade name, or product-group message.
      • Use of product brand names is not permitted.
      • Use of trademarks or registered service marks for any organization without their permission (except for clinical citations) will not be permitted.
      • Use of company slides is not permitted.
      • Objectivity and fair balance means that recommendations or emphasis must fairly represent, and be based on, a reasonable and valid interpretation of the information available on the subject (e.g., "On balance the data support the following..."). A balanced view of therapeutic options also means that no single product or service is over-represented in the educational activity when other equal but competing products or services are available for inclusion.
      • For slide presentations and print materials, each slide or key teaching point must state the kind of trial that demonstrates the data being discussed. Slides are not required to state, for example, "Level 1 evidence" (although it is acceptable to include it), but slides are required to include a statement, for example, "Systematic review of 35 RCTs..." or "Case-controlled trial..." that supports what is being discussed and presented within each slide. This is a conventional approach in the tradition of evidence-based medicine and may be viewed at the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

      Conflict of Interest

      • All presenters must disclose any conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest.
      • For oral presenters, please include a slide at the beginning of your presentation stating potential conflicts of interest or stating "No Conflicts".
      • For poster presenters, please include a statement at the bottom of your poster, in easily readable font, stating potential conflicts of interest or stating "No Conflicts".


      All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by researchers and experts in diagnostic error, ranked in relation to other submissions within the same category, and rated on the basis of originality, appropriateness of methodology, clarity of presentation, and implications for research, education, or clinical practice. Submissions in all 7 categories are eligible for oral presentation or the poster session, however high-quality submission will be reserved for oral presentations.
      Delegates who submit their abstracts by the August 1, 2013 priority deadline will be notified of their acceptance status by Friday August 16, 2013.



      Deadline for New Submissions: Saturday, August 31, 2013