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Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma

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Course Description

An Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course manual is distributed to students prior to taking the course to provide an overview of key surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The one-day cadaver-based course follows this modular, body region approach. Each section begins with a short, case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. The student assesses their ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.

Target Audience

The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key anatomical exposures for the care of injured and acutely ill surgical patients.
  • Demonstrate his or her technical ability to expose important structures that may require acute surgical intervention to save life or limb.
  • Gain confidence in performing anatomic exposures independently.
  • Faculty assessment of a student’s ability to independently perform anatomical exposures will be satisfactory.

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 5 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 6 hours meet the requirements for Trauma*.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 6 hours meet the requirements for Surgical Critical Care*.

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.

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