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Government Service Symposium Updates and FAQ

Cpt Jacob Altholz, MD

This year’s annual GSS 2023 will be held in Austin, TX! This year’s symposium opens with COL (Ret) Paul Cordts, Deputy Assistant Director for the MHS discussing the future of our healthcare system. Our very own ACEP President Dr. Chris Kang will be providing ACEP leadership updates, a second year where a member of GSACEP holds the key leadership position. As a special treat, we will hear from experts at the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute! Each afternoon will provide an opportunity to hone your skills with the labs and ultrasound stations we have set up included in registration. We’ll wrap up each day with receptions, Research Forums and a SIM War Superbowl at the rooftop bar!

Q: When will the symposium take place? Where is it located?

A: The symposium will take place in Austin, TX from April 14th-16th at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center.

Q: How can I register? What are the registration rates?

A: All information for the conference, including registration and hotel reservations is available here.

Registration rates are as follows:

Note: Early-bird registration ends March 17th, and all rates will increase by $50

Other categories (such as non-members) open on March 1st, 2023

Q: Am I eligible for the member rate?

A: All 2022-2023 GSACEP members are eligible for Annual Symposium member rates. If you have questions about your membership status, please email, call (469) 669-3314 or contact the ACEP national membership team at

Q: How can I reserve a hotel room? What are the rates and what is the deadline?

A: Special rates for lodging will be offered through Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center. Rates start at $161/night. The offer is currently open and extends through 23 March. Please use the hotel website link here in order to find the reduced rate.

Q: Are there any workshops offered?

A: Yes. There will be a series of ultrasound stations covering a host of diagnostic and ultrasound-guided procedures.

Q: What should I wear to GSACEP2023 events?


Dress code




Dress Blues





Air Force 

Service Dress


GS & civilian


Business casual

For the GSS opening reception on Friday, April 14th from 5-7pm, smart casual recommended. Other social functions, casual dress.

Q: How many CME credits can I earn by attending the symposium?

A: CME accreditation is pending, but we have over 20 hours of educational content planned, including the 6 hours of hands-on workshops

Q: How do I sign up for Sim Wars? What is the deadline?

A: Teams have already been formed and will compete in the SimWars Championship Competition on 15 April during the Rooftop Social Hour. For questions regarding SimWars, please email Lt Col (ret) Rod Fontenette at

Q: How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

A: The prospectus and application form can be found here. Further questions may be directed to our Chapter Executive, Ms. Erica Cordova at

Q: What services are available for special needs and requests?

A: We will work to accommodate any special needs in conjunction with the hotel. Please direct any requests to our Chapter Executive, Ms. Erica Cordova at

Q: My question is not listed here. Who can I contact?

A: All questions can be directed to Ms. Erica Cordova at or call (469) 669-3314.

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