A year of exciting advances in Trauma Education, with more to come in 2020

To say 2019 has been an exciting year in American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Education programs would be an understatement. Last year, the 10th Edition of Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) launched, marking one of the most transformational revisions of ATLS to date. In this year alone, more than 10,000 students have completed the 10th edition course, which features a new course format, mATLS. This hybrid course offers students the opportunity to complete asynchronous online modules before completing the skills stations and practice scenarios in person.

In addition, the Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Course released updated and expanded course materials to complement international interest. And the eagerly anticipated Second Edition of the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course launches this winter. In addition to revised and updated content, the new expanded ASSET curriculum features new add-on topics such as ophthalmology, obstetrics, and amputations.

With 2019 coming to a close, the Trauma Education team is gearing up for another great year ahead. In 2020, watch for the release of the Third Edition of the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) course, and a Fourth Edition of the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course for medical students.

This year’s Clinical Congress includes several opportunities for Trauma Education, including an ASSET course, which took place Saturday, and a BEST workshop from 1:00−5:00 pm Tuesday, Moscone Center West, 2020−2022, along with several Panel Sessions.

If you attend a course or a trauma Panel Session, tweet @ACSTrauma to tell us about your experience and what you learned.

For more information about upcoming trauma courses, visit the My Specialty and Quality Programs Area in ACS Central, 9:00 am−4:30 pm Monday through Wednesday, Moscone Center South, Halls ABC, or go to www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/education.

We look forward to another successful year of Trauma Education programming, and thank you for your support and participation.