Trends in the Canadian Surgery Forum (CSF): analysis of the CSF program over the past decade

Trends in the Canadian Surgery Forum (CSF): analysis of the CSF program over the past decade

Can J Surg 2015;58(5):426-428 | PDF

Chad G. Ball, MD, MSc; Tammy L. Eberle, RN; Elijah Dixon, MD, MSc; Cassandre Boland, BA

Summary

Numerous clinical and basic science–related innovations have been presented at the Canadian Surgery Forum (CSF). We sought to define changes in both the content and methodology of the CSF scientific program over the past decade. While the total volume of CSF abstract presentations has increased dramatically, the methodological quality has remained static, with few randomized trials and minimal prospective work. Although the majority of the scientific content is associated with urban university centres, the program also encourages content from community practices. Surgical education, hepatopancreatobiliary and bariatric content have increased substantially, but remain secondary to colorectal diseases.


This paper was presented at the Canadian Surgery Forum in Vancouver, BC, Sept. 17–19, 2014.

Accepted for publication Apr. 13, 2015

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta. (Ball, Eberle, Dixon); and the Canadian Surgery Forum, Ottawa, Ont. (Boland).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.015314

Correspondence to: C.G. Ball, University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403nbsp;–nbsp;29 St NW, Calgary AB., T2N 2T9; ball.chad@gmail.com