American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. 

Today our trauma activities are administered through our 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

We strive to improve the care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. Our trauma-related activities—aimed at education, advocacy, professional development, standards of care, and assessment of outcomes—are disseminated through a variety of programs and subcommittees. Examples include ATLS®, TQIP®, trauma systems consultation, and trauma center verification.   

If you’re a trauma care professional, learn more about all that ACS trauma programs has to offer you, your trauma center, and the patients you serve.

New COT Chair

Eileen Metzer Bulger, MD, FACS, has been appointed the next chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Bulger is chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, where she serves as trauma medical director for adults and pediatrics.

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New Vice Chair

Patrick M. Reilly, MD, FACS, FCCP, has been appointed the next vice-chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Reilly is the chief of the division of traumatology, surgical critical care, and emergency surgery and the C. William Schwab Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Putting Pieces Together

Part 5: The Time Is Now: Creating and Sustaining a Unified, Learning Trauma System. In our fifth article, we discuss how to make our trauma system a continuously learning health care system.

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Save the Date

The ACS Quality and Safety Conference brings together nurses, surgeons, administrators, and trainees from ACS Quality Programs to discuss the latest in quality initiatives, improve processes around data collection and utilization, and share best practices in the field of surgery.

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NTDB Data Points

Annual ReportBaby on board: Trauma in pregnancy

This month's Bulletin examines the occurrence of injured patients who were pregnant at the time of injury in the National Trauma Data Bank research dataset.

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Course Search

Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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