Elizabeth Smart, Sheri Fink to be Keynote Speakers at Trauma Symposium

January 08, 2020
Smart Fink

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Trauma & Acute Care Symposium. This event will take place Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21 in downtown Wilmington at the Wilmington Convention Center. Geared toward those involved in the management and care of critically injured patients, this symposium will cover a wide range of topics that will enhance attendees’ knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Keynote Speakers will be Elizabeth Smart and Sheri Fink, MD.

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NHRMC employees must register via NetLearning

Elizabeth Smart

Overcoming Adversity:

The Elizabeth Smart Story

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Through this traumatic experience Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.

Founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Smart has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Smart has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, My Story. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, titled, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.

Sheri Fink, MD

Disaster Preparedness:

Lessons Learned from Hurricane

Katrina Sheri Fink is the author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the hospital’s power failed, and the heat climbed. As the situation deteriorated, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients to rescue first—and others to rescue last. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of healthcare rationing. Fink’s journalism has earned her the National Magazine Award, the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, and other journalism prizes. In 2015 she was a member of The New York Times reporting team to receive the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her medical background makes her uniquely qualified to report on the intersections between human-made conflicts, natural disasters, and medicine.


Thursday will consist of pre-conference workshops. Keynote Presentations will take place Friday morning during the main conference, followed by a great lineup of other speakers.