Third Annual South Texas Advanced Symposium


The 2023 South Texas Advanced Symposium on trauma and critical care is an educational event designed to provide the latest information on relevant trauma and critical care topics to a wide range of medical professionals. Topics will include: pre-hospital trauma care, damage control, and burn resuscitation.

The conference will focus on evidence-based and clinically relevant information for participants to use in their daily practice, including current trends on trauma and critical care medicine, and principles for practical healthcare application. A diverse roster of professional speakers, including military experts, well- known trauma surgeons, registered nurses, and first responders, will lead the sessions.

Embassy Suites Convention Center

800 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

For more information and pricing, contact Julieta Piando at 956-385-3473 or

Calendar of Activities:

Pre-symposium continuing education sessions
  • ATLS Refresher Course
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Stop the Bleed Course, Train the Trainer Course
First responders educational sessions
  • Skills Lab
  • Web Cadaver Lab
Medical, nursing, and allied health event

Continuing medical education (CME) & continuing nurse education (CNE) presentations. A full day trauma symposium featuring experts from across the country (Complete schedule will be available shortly).

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EMS Aug 10th

TimeModeratorEvent DPresenterTopic
700-800Registration/ Breakfast
800-810Welcome/ Opening remarks Color GuardCarlos H. Palacio, MD, FACS
810-8:40Dr. HovorkaSpeaker 1Sydney Vail MD, FACSProlonged Field care
8:40-9:10Speaker 2Robert Greenberg, MD, FACEPPre hospital TBI care.
9:10-9:40Speaker 3Stephen Rahm EMT-P, NRP, FcEHSAirway management: the anatomy, physiology and procedure.
9:40-10:10Speaker 4David Meyer, MD, MS, FACSGuidelines for air transport: helipad to OR
10:10-10:40Question & Answer Panel (30m)
10:40-10:55Break (15m) w snack
10:55-11:25Dr. SimpsonSpeaker 5Alison Wilson, MD, FACSAppropiate use of tourniquets
11:25-11:55Speaker 6Scotty Bolleter BS, EMT-P, FcEHSThoracic park: controversies and solutions in emergent chest injury management
11:55-12:25Speaker 7Sydney Vail, MD, FACSLightening strikes
12:25-12:55Question & Answer Panel (30m)
12:55-13:25Lunch Speaker 8Puneet Singh, MD, FACS, FSSO, CMQBurn out in the EMS profession
14:00 -17:00WebcadaverScotty Bolleter EMT-P, NRP, FcEHSWeb-cadaver

Allied Health Aug 11th

TimeModeratorEvent DPresenterTopic
700-800Registration/ Breakfast/ Exhibits
800-810Welcome/ Opening remarks, Color GuardCarlos H. Palacio, MD, FACS
810-830Dr. SimpsonSpeaker 1Sydney Vail MD, FACSEMTALA: How to really understand it
830-850Speaker 2Robert Greenberg MD, FACEPPediatric care in the ER
850-910Speaker 3Stephen Rahm EMT-P, NRP, FcEHSHeads Up! Traumatic Brain Injury
910-930Speaker 4Alison Wilson MD, FACSPost ICU syndrome
930-950Speaker 5Puneet Singh, MD, FACS, FSSO, CMQTrainee Communication of Errors/Near Misses
950-1020Question & Answer Panel (30m)
1020-1035Break (15m) w snack/ Exhibits
1035-1055Dr. HovorkaSpeaker 6Jay Doucet, MD, FACS, MSc, FRCSC, RDMSEffect of the border wall on border crossing injuries
1055-1115Speaker 7Scotty Bolleter BS, EMT-P, FcEHSPicking Flowers in a Minefield: Avoiding Procedural Errors When Caring for the Critically Ill
1115-1135Speaker 8Sydney Vail MD, FACSOB trauma: Double jeopardy
1135-1155Speaker 9Lilian Kao MD, MS, MBA, MAMSE, CMQ, FACSDiversity and equity in trauma surgery
1155-1215Speaker 10Ryan Dumas MDTrauma Resuscitation teamwork
1215-1245Question & Answer Panel (30m)
1245-1345Dr. PalacioLunch With Keynote SpeakerChief Nim Kidd (Tentative)Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
1345-1400Room transition/ Clean up/ Exhibits
1400-1420Dr. PalacioSpeaker 11Tanya Zakrison MD, MHSc, MPH, FRCS(C), FACSPitfalls in the management of firearm injury
1420-1440Speaker 12D'Andrea Joseph MD, FACS, FCCMIntimate partner violence
1440-1500Speaker 13Martin Zielinski, MD, FACSWhole blood resuscitation for trauma
1500-1520Speaker 14Chris Puglia, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRNImplementing a whole blood program
15:20-15:40Speaker 15Chrissy Guidry DO, FACSHealthcare worker well being
1540-1600Speaker 16Chief John O' ValleTexas Department of Emergency Management
1600-1630Question and Answer Panel (30 minutes)
1630 - 1645Closing Remarks and EvaluationDr. Carlos Palacio