Purpose / Intent

Military medicine has a long history of service in this country. Whenever there is a conflict, military surgeons have always been there to provide the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines state of the art medical care. Through experiences from past and current conflicts came much advancement in medical care that has translated to civilian care, especially in trauma. In the past, surgeons and surgical trainees from the Army, Navy, and Air Force have held individual academic conferences. The Society of Military Surgeons Conference was formed, with the great help of SAGES, to bring together members of all services into one meeting.

The 16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (WCES) jointly hosted by SAGES & CAGS is April 11-14, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington. The Military Surgical Symposium takes place April 11.

The intent of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of current and ongoing military and military-relevant research, as well as educational topics of relevance to the military surgical community. It will allow surgeons and research scientists from all services to share ideas and research, and provide an opportunity for military medical students, interns, and surgical residents to participate in a national academic conference. In addition, both civilian and military experts from various fields will present their ideas and lessons on surgical care in order to foster the continued interaction and exchange of ideas between the civilian and military medical communities. This national multi-service conference will bring a new level of cooperation/camaraderie to the surgeons across the military, and will help military medicine and military graduate medical education continue to strengthen and thrive.