Activities of the Ohio Committee on Trauma

Upcoming Meetings

OCOT Meeting at the OCACS Annual Meeting
May 10, 2019
8:30 – 12:00 pm
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square
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The Ohio Committee on Trauma is active in promoting trauma education, advocacy, promotes trauma research by sponsoring an annual trauma resident research competition, and continues to host Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. The ATLS Course teaches a systematic, concise approach to the early care of the trauma patient. This course is vital to guiding care for the injured patient in emergency department trauma rooms. The course training provides a common language that can save lives in critical situations.. The Ohio COT will continue to play an active role in the development of the trauma system.

Resident Paper Competition

The annual Ohio COT resident paper competition on trauma is coming up on May 10, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

  1. The competition is open to all general surgery residents, surgical specialty residents, and trauma fellows. Medical students are not eligible.
  2. Entries should represent original work done by the contestant while a resident in the State of Ohio. The principal author of the abstract must be that resident.
  3. The abstract must be submitted online here. Please ensure that the abstract has all identification of authors and institutions. The online program abstract form should accompany the abstract.
  4. The abstract should be no more than three pages and provide adequate information and objective data to evaluate the abstract properly.  The abstract should be submitted electronically as a Word document. It is permissible to single-space the abstract. At the top of the first page, the full title of the abstract and full name of the principal author, with academic degrees, are to be stated.  At the bottom of the first page, a footnote should be included to provide the principal author’s mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  5. The abstracts should describe original research in trauma, critical care, or injury prevention. The topics can be categorized as either: 1) basic laboratory research or 2) clinical investigation.
  6. The program abstract form must be accompanied by a letter of sponsorship from a department chair or program director of the contestant who is a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. This letter must attest to the originality of this work and its compliance with the rules of the contest.
  7. To be eligible for presentation at the national level, abstracts submitted may have been previously presented but not published as full papers in any peer-reviewed journal before March 2019. As a condition of submission, the contestant agrees to present this work on Friday, April 6 in Cincinnati. Failure to present the work will result in forfeiture of the submission.
  8. A panel of judges will select up to ten (10) papers to be presented on May 10th in Columbus, Ohio.
  9. The deadline for the contest is March 1, 2019. Entries received after that date will not be considered.

Winners from the OCOT Trauma Paper Competition will be required to submit their paper for presentation at the Regional Committee on Trauma’s Paper Competition (dates and location to be announced).  The winning participant from the Basic Laboratory and Clinical Investigation Categories will have travel expenses related to the meeting paid for by the Ohio Committee on Trauma.


  • Collection Begins 1/10/2019
  • Collection Closes 3/1/2019
  • Acceptance Letters Sent 3/18/2019