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Trauma Education

Advanced Trauma Life Support

ATLS 10th Edition Launch

The ATLS Program is gearing up to launch the 10th edition. This will be one of the most transformational editions in the ATLS history. Some of these changes include the following:

  • The traditional lectures have been replaced with interactive discussions, fostering increased student engagement
  • The Skills Stations are now taught through unfolding case scenarios that allow the students to apply the skills learned in the course to real life situations
  • The incorporation of mATLS, a hybrid course option, offers students the opportunity to complete interactive modules online prior to attending their in-person skills day
  • The addition of a faculty and coordinator online toolkit, providing easy-to-use, downloadable tip sheets, as well as instructional videos with examples of the new teaching methodology and skills station setup

We understand that changes of this magnitude require frequent updates. In an effort to make the transition easier, we have been conducting quarterly webinar updates. In the webinar links provided below, you will find some updated information regarding the policies implementation and administration of the 10th edition. We have created two versions, one for the U.S. and Canadian Regions and another for the International Regions. Please view the webinars below and do not hesitate to contact atls@facs.org if you have any questions.

U.S./Canada Webinar

International Webinar

International Spanish Webinar

ATLS Update

After years of hard work and dedication we have successfully promulgated the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course in Kumasi, Ghana, July 23–28, 2017. The promulgation consisted of a 2.5-day student course and 2-day Instructor course, with 16 participants successfully completing the Student Course and 12 participants successfully completing the Instructor Course. The introduction of this education is a step in a positive direction for the people of Kumsai, who face astounding numbers of death due to motor vehicle accidents. Last year alone, approximately 2,000 people were killed as the result of a vehicle crash.

The promulgating team, led by George Oduro, MD, the Ghanaian Course Director; Inger B. Schipper, MD, FACS, the American College of Surgeons Region Chief; and Andrew Baker, MD, the ATLS Europe Chair were presented to the Ashanti King, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, in the Akwasidae Festival on Sunday, July 30, which was a huge honor. Thank you to the promulgating team, for their tremendous efforts to make the ATLS course in Kumsai a reality.

Ghana visit

Ghana visit

Ghana visit