2021 Symposium

2021 Trauma Symposium Videos

TS01 – 2021 Trauma Symposium Opening and Trauma System Update

TS02 – The Actions Roles and Goals of State Advisory Committees – MTAC and EMSAC

TS04 – ESO-DI Registry Training

TS05 – Courage and the Might Heart – The Intersection of Passion and Perseverance

TS07 – Geriatric Trauma

TS08 – Massive Transfusion Protocol – The Hemorrhage Stops Here

TS09 – Pediatric Forensics

TS10 – Pediatric Penetrating Trauma

TS11 – Disparities in Trauma Care

TS12 – From the Field to the ICU – Critical Care Concerns in Injured Patients

TS13 – Cryptic Shock

TS14 – Traumatic Injuries and Human Trafficking

TS15 – Post Traumatic Growth – Finding Benefits within Challenges

Awards and Recognition

MAY 3-5, 2021



 The Symposium is designed for the interprofessional trauma care team Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Medical Directors, Trauma Physicians and Nurses, Trauma Program Managers, Trauma Registrar, supporting pre-hospital and trauma center staff. 

The “State of Readiness” Mississippi Trauma Symposium offers participants the opportunity to assemble as a statewide team.  Offering approximately 12 CEs, the Symposium will also include Question and Answer sessions for each lecture.  COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways, produced unprecedented strain on the trauma system and wearied care providers. 

This three-day event is an opportunity to refresh your body, soul, and spirit with inspiring presentations from nationally known keynote speakers. Mississippi physicians and nurses will speak on a wide variety of trauma care topics.  The Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Acute Care Services representatives will provide information on the current and future state of the trauma system.  From pediatrics to geriatrics, from pre-hospital to rehabilitation, from registry data entry to performance improvement, this event will ensure a state of readiness. 

We will also have a time of recognition to honor those you have selected and celebrate our Mississippi Resident’s Trauma Paper competition.


At the end of this session, the participant will be able to: 

  1. Identify injuries commonly associated with human trafficking and abuse.
  2. Outline strategies to effectively and efficiently assess trauma patients. 
  3. Enhance the overall operation of the Mississippi Trauma Care System.
  4. Design an evidence-based Massive Transfusion Protocol.
  5. Recognize disparities in trauma care.    
  6. Express how to prioritize compassionate care. 
  7. Predict critical care concerns during pre-hospital transfers to the trauma center.
  8. Categorize the severity of burn injuries.  
  9. Articulate approaches to minimize the adverse outcomes utilizing improved critical thinking.
  10. Incorporate Mississippi Trauma System trauma goals into your trauma program.
  11. Modify pediatric protocols to improve the management of penetrating traumatic injury.
  12. Use trauma registry data for improved performance.
  13. Provide an evidence-based recommendation to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. 


MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021

8:00a  OpeningJohn Gardner, Director, MS Trauma Care System Foundation
8:30a-9:25aTrauma System Update Jim Craig, Senior Deputy & Director Office of Health Protection MSDH
David Hall, Director Bureau of Acute Care Systems MSDH
9:30a-10:25aThe Actions, Roles and Goals of State Advisory Committees, MTAC & EMSACDuncan Donald, MD
10:30a-12:30p Vendor Hall OpenOpen ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room.
12:30p-2:30p ESO /DI Registry Training Session 1:Intro to MS Trauma Data System for requirements in order to participate in statewide programNon-certified sessionJames Pou
Manager/Product Services, ESO
2:30p-3:00p Break (Vendor Hall Open)Open ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room. 
3:00p-5:00p ESO /DI Registry Training Session 2: con’tIntro to MS Trauma Data System for requirements in order to participate in statewide program Non-certified sessionJames Pou
Manager/Product Services, ESO


TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021

8:00a-9:00aCourage and the Mighty Heart-The Intersection of Passion and PerseveranceNon-certified sessionAllison Massari, Trauma Survivor
9:05a-10:00aBurn Care in the FieldKelley Farner, NP, JM Still Burn & Reconstruction Center
10:00a-10:30aBreak (Vendor Hall open)Open ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room.
10:30a-11:25aGeriatric TraumaShuntaye Batson, MD, University of MS Medical Center
11:25a-1:00p Lunch
1:00p-1:55p Massive Transfusion Protocol – The Hemorrhage Stops HereMatthew Kutcher, MD, University of MS Medical Center
2:00p-2:55p Pediatric Forensics-Part 1Scott Benton, MD, University of MS Medical Center
3:00p-3:30p Break (Vendor Hall open)Open ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room.
3:30p-4:30p Pediatric Forensics-Part 2 Scott Benton, MD, University of MS Medical Center



8:00a-8:55aPediatric Penetrating TraumaRegan Williams, MD, MS
9:00a-9:55aDisparities in Trauma CareMatthew C. Morris, PhD
10:00a-10:30aBreak (Vendor Hall open)
Open ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.
Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room.
10:30a-11:30aFrom the Field to the ICU: Critical Care Concerns in Injured PatientsMatthew Kutcher, MD, University of MS Medical Center
11:30a-1:00p Lunch
1:00p-1:55p Cryptic ShockShyAnn King, RN, Flight Nurse, AirCareJa
2:00p-2:55p Traumatic Injuries and Human TraffickingWhitney Trotter, MS RDN/LDN, RN, RYT
3:00p-3:30p Break (Vendor Hall open)
Open ONLY when educational sessions are not being presented.
Attendee will leave educational session and click VENDOR link (provided by CVENT) to visit virtual sponsor room.
3:30p-4:30p Post Traumatic Growth – Finding Benefits within ChallengesDaniel Sundahl, Firefighter, Paramedic
4:30p-5:00p Awards and ClosingJohn Gardner, Victoria Hickerson & Dan Burgess


John Gardner is the Director of the Mississippi Trauma Care System Foundation. As Director, Mr. Gardner is responsible for overseeing the organization’s administration, programs, policies, objectives, and initiatives regarding foundation activities.

Before his current position, John comes to us from DNV-GL Healthcare, a CMS deemed accreditation organization, where he was a Team Leader for both acute-care and critical access hospital accreditation surveys.  He is a certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, having conducted more than 200 hundred hospital surveys across the United States.  With more than forty-five years of healthcare experience, John is an experienced and effective communicator. Before his time at DNV-GL, John was the Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, MS.  John has a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Southern California Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology from The University of Louisiana-Monroe. 

Jim Craig added the role of Senior Deputy for the agency to his position as Director of Health Protection, which he has held since 2004. As Senior Deputy he assists in the oversight of agency operations, and works closely with the state legislature on health and safety policies. The Office of Health Protection contains over 60 regulatory programs that are designed to fulfill a major portion of the department’s mission to promote and protect the health of all Mississippians. Three major offices report to Health Protection: The Office of Environmental Health, the Office of Licensure, and the Office of Emergency Planning and Response.

David Hall currently serves full-time as Director of the Bureau of Acute Care Systems at Mississippi State Department of Health and part-time as adjunct instructor of history at Southern New Hampshire University; in his role as BACS Director he is responsible for the development and implementation of statewide acute care systems, including the Trauma, STEMI, Stroke and COVID-19 systems; research interests include history of public health and public health policy and policy development.

Dr. William Duncan Donald, Duncan Donald grew up in the Delta town of Clarksdale before heading to Vanderbilt University, where he received a B.S. degree.   He worked in a research lab at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before attending medical school in Jackson at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, earning his M.D. degree there in 1998.   He stayed for his surgical training at UMMC in Jackson before starting practice as a general/trauma surgeon in 2003 in Hattiesburg.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery since 2004.

He has gradually increased the trauma care portion of his practice, and in 2015 became the Trauma Medical Director and Director of Surgery at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.   In 2017, he was appointed to the state EMSAC committee by Gov. Phil Bryant, and became Chair of MTAC while also serving as Mississippi’s Trauma Medical Director for the Bureau of Acute Care Systems, Mississippi State Health Department. 

He has been Chair of the Mississippi Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons since 2016, and was recognized as the Phillip Rogers Physician Award for Leadership at Forrest General Hospital in 2017. He is a member of several medical and surgical organizations, including Mississippi State Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the James D. Hardy Society.

Dr. Frederick Carlton is an emergency medicine physician in Jackson, Mississippi and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including University of Mississippi Medical Center and Magnolia Regional Health Center. He received his medical degree from University of Mississippi School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

James Pou has been working with trauma registry solutions with ESO and DI with over 21 years of experience in the trauma registry field.  James provides extensive experience and deep understanding of trauma registries and how workflows and reporting needs are met for trauma programs at all levels specializing in how trauma registries are used for PI.  James is one of the primary patient registry instructors for ESO and leads training for all DI Patient Registry web-based solutions.  Most recently he has instructed trauma registry users in trainings provided by ESO for the state of Maryland and state of Kansas.

Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Massari has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession, and compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care. She experienced firsthand the critical value of receiving personalized health care from committed leadership teams, and empathetic providers after surviving two life-threatening car accidents, one where she suffered second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body. In addition, raised by her father, an Oncology surgeon, and her mother, a nurse, Allison was mentored in the world of medicine from an early age. Captivated by her father’s compassionate work, she shadowed him in his practice, and also worked in hospitals and medical office settings. Allison’s riveting and courageous journey from absolute loss to a triumphant and hope-filled life, addresses sensitive topics, shining light on the provider’s immense value to a patient who is suffering, and helping to reinvigorate employees and heal burnout in the workplace.

Kelley J Farner is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated with honors in 2006. Having more than 15 years of diverse experiences, especially in NURSE PRACTITIONER, Kelley J Farner affiliates with Merit Health Central, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Joseph M Still Burn Centers Inc. 

Dr. Shuntaye D. Batson, is an associate professor of surgery at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She completed her undergraduate medical education and general surgery residency at Howard University College of Medicine.  Shuntaye matriculated to The Medical College of Georgia for a surgical critical care fellowship.  Since joining the faculty of UMMC in 2013, Dr Batson has served the institution, students, residents, and patients with joy.  She is passionate about performance improvement, population health and health equity.  

Dr. Matthew E. Kutcher, MD, MS, FACS is a trauma / acute care surgeon and surgical intensivist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  He is also an NIH-funded investigator whose multidisciplinary laboratory studies coagulation abnormalities in critical illness and injury.  He is the co-director of the surgical intensive care unit at UMMC, the vice chair of the Mississippi state Committee on Trauma, and the UMMC principal investigator for several on-going clinical trials related to trauma and critical illness.

Dr. Scott A. Benton is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) serving for the past 13 years as the Chief of the Division of Forensic Medicine and the Medical Director of the Children’s Safe Center. Dr. Benton is board certified in General Pediatrics and in Child Abuse Pediatrics. He has an unrestricted medical license in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Dr. Benton is a Louisiana native who earned a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in biology and chemistry from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1988. He received a Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1992. He completed a pediatric residency through LSU Department of Pediatrics in 1995. After completing residency in pediatrics and a clerkship in Pediatric Forensic Medicine in 1994, Dr. Benton was selected for additional training in forensic medicine and offered/accepted a professorship with the LSU School of Medicine. 

Dr. Benton was instrumental in the development of a medical response to child maltreatment in the New Orleans area.  He was the founder and creator of the Audrey Hepburn Children at Risk Evaluation Center at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.  Dr. Benton ran that center along with a co-located CAC from 1995 to 2008. In 2008, Dr. Benton was recruited and joined UMMC to develop a statewide medical response to child maltreatment and formalize education training for healthcare professionals.

Dr. Regan Williams graduated Summa Cum Laude from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. After graduating with a double major in Biology and Chemistry, she went on to study medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Memphis became her home, and she completed her graduate education earning her medical degree, completing her general surgical residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Following her fellowship training, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  

During her residency, Dr. Williams received extra training in basic science research focusing on angiogenesis inhibition in solid tumors at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  She was also active in clinical research projects centered on traumatic injuries and appendicitis.  She is currently a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Pediatrics, Association of Women Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Association of Academic Surgeons.

At Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Dr. Williams is the Medical Director of Trauma and the Associate Chief of Staff.  She has completed a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and her research efforts are focused developing evidence based guidelines for the treatment of pediatric trauma and surgical disease.  She is board certified in general and pediatric surgery and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Matthew C Morris completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He joined the faculty of Meharry Medical College as an Assistant Professor in 2013 and the faculty at University of Mississippi Medical Center as an Associate Professor in 2019. Dr. Morris’ clinical interests include cognitive behavioral treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mood disorders in adults. His research program focuses on trauma-related mental and physical health conditions, including psychosocial and neuroendocrine risk factors for PTSD and persistent pain, and understanding the determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in acute and chronic pain.

ShyAnn King started her life in public service as a volunteer for the Livingston, Alabama Fire Department while attending nursing school at the University of West Alabama. After graduating in 2003, she worked at Anderson’s Medical Center in Meridian in several departments including the ICU and ER. In 2012, she took a position at Rush in Meridian in the cath lab before becoming the trauma program manager. ShyAnn secured funding for the KMBR HII bleeding control kit and provided education and equipment to schools and first responders in the region in its use. As the trauma program manager, she hosted multiple trauma symposiums in the region. ShyAnn has also authored a chapter in a published book on airway management and is also a course director for TNCC and ENPC directing and instructing several classes a year. ShyAnn also teaches advanced skills in cadaver labs in regional conferences. ShyAnn is passionate about research and is heavily involved in several research projects currently underway at MCES. ShyAnn serves on the AirCare safety and QA committee and holds advanced level certifications in emergency nursing. ShyAnn currently serves as a first responder for Rankin County in the Cleary and Florence communities. ShyAnn joined the AirCare Team in 2016 and spent the first 3 years at our Columbus MS base. 

Whitney Trotter (she/her) is dually licensed as a Registered Dietitian, Nurse, and yoga instructor. Whitney has over nine years of experience working as a registered dietitian . Whitney started her career serving   the HIV/AIDS community as well as working in the eating disorder field. Whitney also previously worked at a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma center as a Pediatric emergency room nurse. In addition to working as a RDN and RN Whitney has served as a member of her county’s Rape Crisis Center. Her work at the Rape Crisis Center equipped her to co-found an anti-trafficking organization Restore Corps, where she now provides medical training to the community focusing on human trafficking response. Whitney is also the owner/founder of Bluff City Health, a private practice specializing in bridging the gap in the eating disorder field of equitable care and social justice 

Daniel Sundahl (DanSun) is a published artist and writer and has three (3) art books produced of his works.  Articles of his work are featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS), Fire Rescue Magazine, EMS One, EMS World Magazine and The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing.  His art is recognized worldwide, and he travels internationally speaking on his art and personal experiences with occupational stress injuries and post-traumatic growth.  Daniel is the president and founder of the Peer Recovery and Resiliency Society, a group that supports emergency workers from around the world and aids in their post traumatic growth.  He is an advanced care paramedic, firefighter, pre-hospital educator, photographer and photo editor.

Daniel was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Taking up a global residency as an English language teacher in Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia and Japan, he is now a firefighter and advanced care paramedic for the City of Leduc.


Accreditation Statement  

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Mississippi Hospital Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Credit Designation for Physicians

AXIS Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Designation for Nursing
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 12.0 contact hours.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

AXIS Contact Information:  For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest 

AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is t producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity.  

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by  staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity. 

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships or relationships they have with ineligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months:

Name of Faculty or PresenterReported Financial Relationship
Jim CraigNothing to disclose
David HallNothing to disclose
William Duncan Donald, MD, FACSStocks:  Pfizer, Inc;  AstraZeneca; Moderna, Inc.
Kelley J Farner, NPNothing to disclose
Shuntaye D. Batson, MDNothing to disclose
Matthew E. Kutcher, MDNothing to disclose
Scott A. Benton, MDNothing to disclose
Regan F. Williams,  MD, MSNothing to disclose
Matthew C Morris, PhDNothing to disclose
ShyAnn King, RNNothing to disclose
Whitney Trotter, MS RDN/LDN, RN, RYTNothing to disclose
Daniel SundahlNothing to disclose

The directors, planners, managers and reviewers reported the following financial relationships they have with any ineligible company of any amount during the past 24 months: 

Name of Planner/Manager/ReviewerReported Financial Relationship
John O. GardnerNothing to disclose
Victoria HickersonNothing to disclose
Dan BurgessNothing to disclose
Ronald Viggiani, MDNothing to disclose
Dee Morgillo, MEd, MT(ASCP), CHCPNothing to disclose
Holly M. Hampe, D.Sc., RN, MHA, MRMNothing to disclose
Candy BrownNothing to disclose


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use 

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact the Mississippi Hospital Association at 601-368-3214 or cbrown@mhanet.org before the meeting dates.

Requirements for credit:  

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. 
  • Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 pm ET on June 5, 2021. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation. 
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

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