Point Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference

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The Point Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference is a medical conference in its 32nd year.[when?]

Dr. Wolferth was the chief architect of the Point/Counterpoint program. Charles C. Wolferth, Jr., MD was an nationally known surgeon and medical trauma expert. He spearheaded a state law that created the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation. He battled for decades to develop a foundation that would monitor the quality of care in hospital trauma centers. His goal was to help prevent victims from dying needlessly during that "golden hour" - the first 60 minutes of care that can make the difference between life and death. Ultimately, the foundation became a model for other states. " Dr. Wolferth was head of the department of surgery at Graduate Hospital when he retired in 1998. During his 44-year career, he was department head, surgeon and teacher at HUP, Hahnamann University and Presbyterian Hospitals, and other medical centers. He was a member of 56 medical societies and the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Services to Safety in 2000. Dr. L.D. Britt is the course director. Dr. L.D. Britt is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. He received a B.A. degree (with Distinction) from the University of Virginia and was a member of the coveted Raven Society. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He has been conferred honorary doctorates by two universities (Tuskegee University and Norfolk State University). Dr. Britt, Brickhouse Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, is the first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery. Dr. Britt is the author of over 200 scientific publications and three books including a recent edition of the highly touted Acute Care Surgery.

The Point/Counterpoint course is designed to have a broad appeal to general surgeons and other specialty surgeons along with emergency physicians and intensivists, as well as nurses, paramedics, and others who actively participate with a high performance team. The goal at the completion of this program is for the attendees to cite evidence-based algorithms for surgical management, describe the management approach for specific surgical complications, discuss the recent controversies in trauma management, and evaluate the current protocols and practice guidelines utilized in the ICU setting. All conference proceeds are used for resident research and education.[1]


  1. ^ Piersol, George. [1],A Century of Service,1921.