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Advanced Trauma Life Support2017 ATLS Global Symposium

The ATLS Global Symposium was recently held on March 4 and 5 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the COT Annual Meeting. There was great representation from domestic and international regions. Training was held in preparation for the upcoming release of the ATLS 10th edition. The education focused on faculty preparation for the major changes that will be offered with this edition. During the training, ATLS instructors were guided on the proper techniques to facilitate an interactive discussion, which will replace the previous “lecture” approach in a traditional format course. The major difference between an interactive discussion and a “lecture” is that the focus during a discussion is on the application of knowledge. An unfolding case scenario will now be used throughout the entire discussion to foster engagement; and questions from the instructor will be used to elicit content from participants. The expectation is that the students will engage and participate during each interactive discussion.

Faculty also attended sessions that provided a hands-on approach to learning how to effectively teach a scenario-based skill station. 

The Coordinator training sessions at the symposium included a discussion highlighting major changes to the skill stations, schedules, and equipment requirements for the 10th edition course. Attendees of the training also had the opportunity to view the mATLS course modules that will replace the interactive discussions in a hybrid format course.

For the faculty who were not able to attend the training at the Global Symposium, additional update and training options will be made available to the ATLS community over the next several months. Our first confirmed date for update training is Monday, November 13, after the closing of the TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training in Chicago. This training is scheduled specifically for ATLS Coordinators, and official invitations will be shared soon. Other training events for all faculty are expected to take place during Clinical Congress 2017 and the 2018 ATLS Global Symposium. Additional information regarding these trainings will be forthcoming. 

10th Edition ATLS Alpha and Beta Testing

Because the delivery of the 10th edition course differs greatly from the current format, the new traditional and hybrid courses were alpha tested between the months of February and March 2017. The following ATLS course sites participated in this testing phase:

Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL (Traditional Format Course)

Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, Australia (Traditional Format Course)

Shock Trauma, Baltimore, MD (Hybrid Course)

UCHealth – Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO (Hybrid Course)

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (Hybrid Course)

We look forward to the ATLS 10th edition beta testing phase which will begin over the next few months, with 35 course sites extending across all 17 regions.

Questions? Please contact our ATLS Program office at or 312-202-5160.