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Trauma Evaluation and Management

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Trauma Evaluation and Management® (TEAM®) introduces the concepts of trauma assessment and management to medical students during their clinical years. The core content is adapted from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) course. Developed by the ATLS Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma, TEAM is an expanded version of the ATLS "Initial Assessment and Management" lecture.

TEAM ManualThe TEAM format is flexible, with a 90-minute slide presentation and optional components. The program includes a three-segment initial assessment video demonstration, a series of clinical trauma case scenarios for small-group discussion, and skills sessions. The slide/lecture presentation, included in the faculty DVD, can be easily adapted into a medical school's curriculum.

The TEAM program provides a standardized introductory course in the evaluation and management of trauma for medical students and multidisciplinary team members. The ATLS Committee strongly encourages the participation of ATLS instructors as they have the knowledge of the philosophy, intent, and content of the program.

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Note. TEAM is an abbreviated version of the ATLS course and should not be used to replace ATLS participation. Individuals who take the TEAM course are not considered as having completed an ATLS course. Medical students are encouraged to take the ATLS course in their final year of medical school or after graduation.

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