New and noteworthy in trauma education programs

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Programs will roll out updated educational learning opportunities in the coming months. For example, the third edition of the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Student Textbook and live training course will be introduced to course sites this year. The much-anticipated update follows the second edition of the book and course, released in 2010, and educates senior residents and surgeons in the operative management of complex, penetrating trauma. The third edition has been updated to reflect the latest in evidence-based practice and offers enhanced operative management algorithms, expanded chapter content, and a new online management system.

The Advanced Disaster Medical Response course (ADMR) will launch by the end of 2021 and will be a fully online version of the previously in-person program. The ADMR course has been conducted in association with multiple professional organizations throughout the world for more than 25 years under the auspices of Susan Miller Briggs, MD, FACS, and associates affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital International Trauma and Disaster Institute, including the ACS, the National Disaster Medical System, and the Panamerican Trauma Association. The course is designed to train multidisciplinary medical disaster response personnel in the foundations of basic medical and public health disaster care, medical response to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, specific injuries (such as blast, crush), and special considerations, including psychological response to disasters.

A fully online version of the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (eDMEP) course will launch by mid-2022. The target audience for this course includes physicians, nursing leadership, support staff, and administrators. The overall goal of eDMEP is to motivate action and stimulate critical thinking, following the “choose your own adventure” model, through which learners select scenarios that are most applicable to their home environment. They are then able to learn the content being presented through the lens of that scenario.

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