Canceled – Weekly Work In Progress
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each week, S-SPIRE hosts a Work-In-Progress session (WIP) for faculty members and trainees to present their research and receive feedback on projects in every phase of development—from drafting specific aims pages, to parsing grant review committee comments, to abstracts/papers/methods in preparation.

Please refer inquiries to Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu

Visiting Prof. from the University of Michigan
Feb 27 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
2024 Education Retreat [Invite Only]
Feb 27 @ 8:15 am – 3:00 pm
2024 Education Retreat RSVP
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery
The 2024 Education Retreat will be held on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo ParkThis annual retreat is hosted for the Department of Surgery residency programs (GenSurg, Plastics, Vascular) with the purpose of creating a collaborative environment for trainees and faculty to address common program challenges. Residency program directors, associate program directors, site directors, program managers/coordinators and program-selected residents are invited to attend. No additional guests are allowed unless approved by the VCE.
Stanford Transplantation Surgical Fellowship Application Deadline
Feb 28 all-day
ACS Quality and Safety Annual Meeting Abstract Submission
Feb 29 all-day


American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline
Mar 1 all-day





Call for Abstracts, Videos, and Posters

Submit by 1:00 pm CT on March 1


New for 2024

Each author must have an ACS record to be included on the author string of a submission. Before the submission deadline—March 1, 2024—all authors must log in or select “New User” to create a record. Creating a record does not constitute joining ACS membership and incurring dues.

Abstracts or videos may be submitted for the following Clinical Congress programs:

Western Pediatric Trauma Conference Abstract Deadline
Mar 1 all-day
Research Team

March 1, 2024
Midnight PST
Submit here: https://www.pedtrauma.org/abstracts 

Abstract Categories

Scientific Category

Scientific abstracts may include original research, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or large case series. Isolated case reports are not eligible for submission in this category. This category includes original scientific investigation designed to produce new knowledge or approaches. If a submitted abstract describes animal experimentation or involves the use of human subjects, authors must be prepared to provide IACUC or IRB approval numbers upon request. 

Best Practices Category

Best practice abstracts may include quality improvement projects, process improvement reports, expert panel consensus, or surveys of best practices/practice recommendations. This category may include ongoing or completed projects, including education programs, novel and innovative methods for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a program or policy.

Presentation Format & Manuscript Submission

Presentation Format

Abstracts may either be selected for oral podium presentation or poster presentation. Presenting authors must register and attend the conference to present in-person.

Manuscript Submission

All research abstracts selected for presentation are invited to submit a full manuscript for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, WPTC Special Edition. Abstract presenters will receive an email regarding manuscript preparation and deadlines. Manuscripts are generally due in early July. Authors must follow formatting instructions for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Notice: Prior Publication

Prior Publication

Abstracts submitted to the WPTC may not be published previously or presented elsewhere in its current form prior to Western Pediatric Trauma Conference 2024. Abstracts previously presented at local or regional meetings may be submitted for consideration.



Each year, the WPTC recognizes investigators for exceptional presentations and abstract contributions. Accepted abstracts will be eligible for the following:

  1. Young Investigator Award

    1. Please indicate at the time of abstract submission if the first author is a resident or fellow in order to be considered for this award.

  2. Kris Hansen Best Practice Award

  3. Scientific Poster Award

  4. Best Practice Poster Award

Monthly Work In Progress Session
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by: Albaraa Basfar, PhD
Talk Title: Underrepresented Minority Students’ Sense of Belonging in Medical School: How Does Mentorship Matter?

Bio: Albaraa Basfar Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the S-SPIRE Center at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Ohio University in 2023. His research interests include program evaluation, research methodology, and education.

Dr. Basfar has a strong quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research background. He has experience in managing programs, conducting research, and analyzing data. He is also proficient in using SAS, R, SPSS, and Python.

Prior to joining the S-SPIRE Center, Dr. Basfar was a Research Analyst at Pensacola State College. In this role, he was responsible for compiling, arranging, and presenting data reports for several communities and college departments. He also created and analyzed surveys, Tableau visual dashboards, and conducted data research related to grants and accreditations.

Dr. Basfar is passionate about using research to improve education and positively impact students’ lives. He is excited to continue his research at S-SPIRE and contribute to the field of Pipeline Programs.

Please contact Ana Mezynski for Venue and Zoom details.


Weekly Work In Progress
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each week, S-SPIRE hosts an in-person Work-In-Progress session (WIP) for faculty members and trainees to present their research and receive feedback on projects in every phase of development—from drafting specific aims pages, to parsing grant review committee comments, to abstracts/papers/methods in preparation.

Anyone can attend and happy hour conditions apply here. Please refer inquiries to Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu