The Southwestern Surgical Congress is an organization that promotes the advancement of General Surgery by representing the interests of academic, community and rural surgeons, surgical residents and medical students through education, advocacy, research and innovation. The goal of the Congress is to promote excellence in patient care and professional development.


The Southwestern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting features a flexible schedule to allow you to maximize your educational opportunities, while leaving plenty of time to network with colleagues. The meeting will feature over 30 oral scientific abstract presentations, quick shot presentations, videos, invited guest lectures, an exhibitor showcase, a special presentation from the American College of Surgeons, and more!

Download PDF of Final Program Book

Although the Final Program book will be distributed at registration in hard copy, it is encouraged to download the program before the meeting to familiarize yourself with the material beforehand.
Download the 2015 final program

Final Program e-Books

Conference Evaluation, Verification of Attendance and Self-Assessment CME

All CME and SELF-ASSESSMENT CREDITS must be claimed online NO LATER THAN Monday, May 11th

The Southwestern Surgical Congress is offering the opportunity to claim both CME and Self-Assessment credits from our Annual Meeting in Monterey. All meeting attendees are encouraged to access the system below to fill out a conference evaluation, submit a verification of attendance form, take self-assessment exams (optional), and print an ACS approved credit certificate.

Login Information

ALL ANNUAL MEETING attendees may log in to the system at the following link:
Use your last name and email address used for registration to log in to the system

Step 1. Verification of Attendance

Once you complete and submit your Verification of Attendance form, you may:

  • Take exams for those sessions you are seeking self-assessment exam credit Not required if only seeking CME credit.
  • OR skip to Step 3 and complete the Course Evaluation.

Step 2: Self-Assessment Exams

You may elect to take all, part or none of the self-assessment exams. If you choose NOT to take any portions of the exam, go to the last step to download your CME Certificate.

A passing score of 75% or higher is required to receive self-assessment credit for a portion of the meeting. Upon submitting your answers, you will immediately find out if you passed or failed, and which questions were answered incorrectly. You may take an exam an unlimited number of times. If you do not pass all portions of the exam, you will not receive the self-assessment credits for that portion.

Step 3. Course Evaluation

Course evaluation form must be completed prior to moving on to Step 4.

Step 4: Download CME/Self-Assessment Credit Certificate

Once you have completed the steps above, your certificate will be available from the site for you to download to your computer. PLEASE PRINT THIS CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR RECORDS.

You will NOT receive a confirmation email with your exam results. The SWSC will provide confirmation of your completed exam results with our final CME report, submitted to the American College of Surgeons for this program. If you are a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, your CME credit will be posted to your MyCME portal page within 3 months following the event.

Letter from President

Read a Letter from the President


Read the Winter 2013 Newsletter

Passing of the Gavel
Passing of the Gavel:
Kenric Murayama, MD (2013-14 President) and
Ronald Stewart, MD (2014-15 President)

SWSC President, Dr. Ronald Stewart,
being led to the podium by SWSC Past Presidents
Drs. Maria Allo and Edward Nelson