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.

Passing of the Gavel:
David Antonenko, MD (2012-13 President) and Kenric Murayama, MD (2013-14 President)
Passing of the Gavel:
David Antonenko, MD (2012-13 President) and
Kenric Murayama, MD (2013-14 President)

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!

Membership Renewal

Members with Dues in Arrears - please contact us by April 1, 2014 if you would like to remain a member.
View list of members with dues in arrears

Meeting Registration

Registration is now open. There are two ways to register for the 2014 Annual Meeting:

Register Online
Download and mail in the Registration Form

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. To download the PDF version of the Final Program, please click on the link below (the document may take a minute to download).
Download the 2014 final program

Final Program E-Books

First, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE an app on your device, download a free e-Book reader app from your device's app store. You must have an e-Book reader app in order to access and open the e-Program Book.

Conference Evaluation, Verification of Attendance and Self-Assessment CME

All information must be submitted no later than Monday, April 28th to receive CME and/or self-assessment credits.

The Southwestern Surgical Congress is offering the opportunity for Self-Assessment CME from our Annual Meeting held in Santa Barbara. 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 meeting attendees may log in to the system at the following link:
http://goldstarvoa.com/voa_login.phtml?groupid=3
EMAIL: Your Email used to register for the meeting
PASSWORD: Last Name

Step 1. Course Evaluation

Course evaluation form must be completed prior to moving on to Step 2, Verification of Attendance

Step 2. 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 (Step 3). Not required if only seeking CME credit.
  • OR download your certificate with CME credits you have claimed (Step 4).

Step 3: Self-Assessment Exams

You may elect to take all, part or none of the self-assessment exam. If you choose NOT to take any portions of the exam, go to Step 4 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.

Once you have passed all portions of the exam for which you are seeking credit, your certificate will be available from the site for you to download to your computer (Step 4). If you do not pass all portions of the exam, you will not receive the self-assessment credits for that portion.

Step 4: Download CME/Self-Assessment Credit Certificate

You will NOT receive a confirmation email with your exam results. Therefore, the SWSC strongly recommends you print the certificate upon completion of all exams. 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

Newsletter

Read the Winter 2013 Newsletter