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Symposium Update: The 15th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and 11th Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair

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Symposium Update: The 15th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and 11th Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair

  The most dynamic and anticipated wound care conference is in the works. Over the years, the SAWC has become a symbol for quality, innovation, and forward thinking. The 2002 Symposium will provide a comprehensive educational program combined with special events, as well as an Exhibit Hall filled with the latest products and technology. You’ll have time to network with colleagues while you discover everything you need to stay current and on the cutting edge of wound care. The atmosphere during the Symposium is always warm and caring and full of excitement and enthusiasm. If you are looking to maximize your professional development time and dollars, this is the conference for you. The More We Experience, the More We Broaden Our Horizons
  The Symposium’s mission has always been dedicated to providing a forum for the multiple disciplines involved in wound research and management to facilitate collaboration for the advancement of wound care. This year, we strive to demonstrate the power of one conference and the synergy of many organizations. To this end, we have expanded our alliance with leading wound care organizations from around the world, including the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), the Wound Healing Society (WHS), the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American College of Foot and Ankle Society (ACFAS), the European Wound Management Association (EWMA), and the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS). Our hope is to build solid, long-term relationships with our national and international colleagues that will enhance wound caring throughout the world. Each organization is unique, stands alone, and has a competitive spirit; in uniting in our common cause, we become stronger agents for change.

  The ultimate learning experience, the 2002 Symposium will have four pre-conference sessions. The main conference will have four tracks: Common Wound Problems, Research, Advanced Clinical Practice, and Practice Issues. The AAWC will present five special forums on public policy, research, clinical practice, education, and international issues. Four new Post-conference sessions have been designed. Major themes of the conference include prevention, patient education, and building strong, effective relationships. Sessions will feature evidenced-based information, ethical concerns, and financial implications.

  The Oral and Poster Abstracts are always popular. Young clinicians and investigators are encouraged to share their work as oral or poster abstracts. You still have time to preplan and get involved. Submit your work for presentation by December 7. Visit for submission guidelines.

Classics are Timeless
  Three of the four pre-conference sessions are classics (and timeless). The dynamic duo, Warren Rottmann, PhD, and Keith Harding, MD, will team up to present “Chronic Wounds: Biological Theory and Clinical Practice.” Back by popular demand, Bonnie Sue Rolstad, RN, CWOCN, Liza Ovington, PhD, and Debra Sibbald, BSc, Phm, MA, will present the all new “Topical Treatments and Therapies.” The “Hands -On Sharp Debridement” session will be presented by James Wethe, MD, and Judy Papen, RN, CWOCN. Our new session addresses “Comprehensive Assessment of Patients with Lower Extremity Wounds” and will be presented by Susie Seaman, MSN, FNP, CETN, and Robert Warriner, MD, FACA, FCCP.

  Our goal is to offer you an unforgettable event — one that increases your knowledge, enhances your skills, and motivates you to get involved and make a difference in wound caring. Look for more information on SAWC 15 in upcoming issues of Ostomy/Wound Management. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary educational and enjoyable experience.

 Evonne Fowler, RN, MN, CETN Chairperson, SAWC