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ACS Committee on Trauma Introduces Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Course


Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) CourseCHICAGO (October 7, 2016): The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) has introduced the Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma© (BEST) course.

The BEST course is the third surgical skills course to be offered by the COT, complementing the Advanced Trauma Operative Management and the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma courses. Participants in the BEST course learn standardized methods for critical care of time sensitive injuries.

Currently being offered at the University of Maryland’s RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the COT plans to expand the course to four more locations within the next year, including at the Texas Trauma Institute/University of Texas at Houston and the University of California at Davis.

“BEST was originally developed at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center as a means to teach basic endovascular techniques to trauma and acute care surgeons who have limited or no formal endovascular training,” said Megan Brenner, MD, FACS, creator and Chair of the BEST Course.

Course participants will earn Continuing Medical Education credit hours for completing the course, all of which meet the requirements for Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Self-Assessment. The course is currently open to trauma and acute care surgeons. Registration is available through the center offering the course or by contacting the ACS at to be connected with a course location.

For more information on the BEST course, visit

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About the ACS Committee on Trauma

The ACS Committee on Trauma was established in 1922 by Charles L. Scudder, MD, FACS as the “Committee on Fractures.” It is dedicated to the treatment of all phases of care for injured patients—from prevention to rehabilitation. The Committee is supported by a network of 65 state and provincial committees, 11 international committees, and five military committees, with the majority of members being Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit


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