Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
The Advanced Trauma Life Support™ (ATLS™) program was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980. The course teaches a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient that is safe and reliable.
This includes assessment of the patient’s condition, resuscitation, and stabilization. If the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capabilities, it also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process.
The ATLS set of knowledge and skills are comprehensive and easily adapted to fit the needs of physicians, whether they practice at busy trauma centers or at centers that infrequently manage trauma patients.
Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM)
The Advanced Trauma Operative Management™ (ATOM™) course was established in 1998 to increase surgical competence and confidence with operative techniques for penetrating injuries to the chest and abdomen.
During the course, surgeons are asked to identify traumatic injuries, develop a plan to surgically repair them, and be able to describe proper operative techniques.
The course is intended for senior surgical residents, trauma fellows, military surgeons, and general surgeons not frequently called on to treat penetrating injuries.
See list of dates ATOM is being offered.
Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)
The Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma™ (ASSET™) was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Surgical Skills of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that, when injured, may pose a threat to life or limb.
The one-day course follows a modular, body region approach to key surgical exposures in five anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities.
Each section begins with a short, case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty.
The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students.
Students assess their ability to perform each exposure independently and are evaluated on knowledge and technical skills. The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.
See list of dates ASSET is being offered.
Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST)
The Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma™ (BEST™) course is designed to teach endovascular techniques such as Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage.
The course utilizes didactics, simulation models, and perfused cadavers to teach ultrasound-guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair. The course is intended to serve as an introduction to REBOA and lays the foundation for more in-depth training.
Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness (DMEP)
The one-day Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster and Mass Casualty Management of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
The course utilizes lectures and interactive scenarios to teaches planning methods, preparedness, and medical management of trauma patients in mass casualty disaster situations.
Health care providers learn incident command terminology, principles of disaster triage, injury patterns, and availability of assets for support.
The course emphasizes an all-hazards approach, emphasizing that many principles apply to disasters of all kinds regardless of specific mechanism.
Surgical problems and the role of surgeons in disasters are emphasized even with non-surgical forms of injury.
The intended audience includes acute care providers—surgeons; anesthesiologists; emergency medicine physicians; emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and trauma nurses; and prehospital professionals—who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters.
Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers are also encouraged to attend.
Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS)
Fundamental Critical Care Support
The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course was developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to cover basic critical care topics, including cardiopulmonary/cerebral resuscitation, airways, acute respiratory failure, shock, acute coronary syndromes, neurologic dysfunction, life-threatening infections, electrolyte disturbances, trauma and burns.
The course provides a comprehensive learning experience combining lectures (either in-person or online) with hands-on skill stations.
Teaching Resuscitation After Cardiac Surgery (TRACS)
The one-day Teaching Resuscitation after Cardiac Surgery (TRACS) course is an intensive program that addresses appropriate management of postoperative de-compensation and emergency re-sternotomy, using a common language for all providers. This course is designed for RNs, RTs, NPs, PAs, and MDs who wish to learn a novel, evidence-based approach to the resuscitation of postoperative heart patients. Using a format similar to Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), this program includes didactic lectures as well as hands-on practice with emergency pacing, internal and external defibrillation, and utilization of state of the art simulation.