The Joseph M. Still Burn Symposium

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In 1987, Dr Joseph M. Still initiated an annual symposium devoted to current topics in burn care. With Dr Kenna Givens from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr Still organized and sponsored the by-invitation event that served to bring together physicians who could share experiences, innovations, and practice development ideas.
In 2007, Dr Fred Mullins introduced a broader educational program that has become the Joseph M. Still Burn Symposium. This annual meeting is now open to physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, and industry safety personnel as well as burn care patients themselves.
The symposium includes preconference special focus courses and an accredited Advanced Burn Life Support Course. The program itself has included experts from centers in the United States as well as practitioners from as far away as Nepal. Topics have come from the wealth of interests associated with burn care and wound management. Recent programs have featured presentations on face transplantation, disaster planning, prosthetics, snake bites, telemedicine, laser scar treatment, nerve reconstruction, upper extremity burns, fluid resuscitation controversies, burn sepsis, humanitarian burn care in war zones, hyperbaric oxygen, flap reconstruction, and the history of burn care.
We have solicited manuscripts from selected topics presented at the 2017 symposium. We hope this collection will create a wider audience for these contributions as well as support the continued academic development of the symposium.
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