Hosted by the Washington/British Columbia/Alaska Caucus
President Robert Sawin
Dear Pacific Coast Surgical Association member:
On behalf of the Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia caucus, I want to invite you to attend our Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona from February 15 to 18, 2019. Here are the Top 10 Reasons for attending this great meeting, and submitting your abstracts for presentation:
#10) The venue is a wonderful property - the JW Marriot Star Pass Resort, nestled in the hills west of Tucson with hiking and biking literally right outside the hotel door, a Lazy River heated pool that winds through the property, a spa, an Arnold Palmer designed golf course, and fantastic views of the city at night. All of this at a fantastic price of just $195 per night.
#9) Great weather – Tucson in February typically has daytime temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s, and cool evenings.
#8) Numerous family activities available - including the Old Tucson Studios (where many western movies were filmed), the Pima Air and Space Museum, the Biosphere 2, the Kitt Peak Observatory, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, just to mention just a few.
#7) Children’s activities - during the New Member’s Reception, and during the President’s Dinner we want the whole family to be able to enjoy the meeting.
#6) JAMA Surgery - with the second highest impact factor of all surgical journals, JAMA Surgery is our association’s journal for publication of our submitted plenary papers.
#5) Mini-Podium presentations- This increasingly popular format increases the number of presentations at our scientific sessions, gives young surgeons, fellows, residents and students the opportunity to present their scientific work, and many of these papers are successfully published in peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Surgery.
#4) CME and MOC credit – an easy and enjoyable way to meet your continuing education requirements.
#3) The Joy of Surgery – Invited speakers include Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard University and Dr. Michael Goldberg of The Schwartz Center in Boston, who will join me in discussing how compassion, empathy and humanism can help foster and sustain one’s joy in a surgical career.
#2) The return of popular activities – The Women in Surgery breakfast, Fun Run, Golf and Tennis will all be part of the calendar.
#1) The PCSA is the BEST - this is unquestionably the friendliest, high quality scientific and social gathering in surgery.
There are certainly dozens of additional reasons to attend our 90th Annual Meeting. Come learn and connect with friends, colleagues, and families by joining us in Tucson. I look forward to seeing you in February.
President, Pacific Coast Surgical Association