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

Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) has introduced the Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) course.

Program Overview

The BEST course is the third surgical skills course to be offered by the COT. Participants in the course learn endovascular techniques such as Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage.

The BEST course is currently being offered at the University of Maryland’s RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Texas Trauma Institute/University of Texas at Houston, and the University of California at Davis.

“BEST was originally developed at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center as a means to teach basic endovascular techniques to trauma and acute care surgeons who have limited or no formal endovascular training,” said Megan Brenner, MD, FACS, Creator and Chair of the BEST Course.

Download BEST brochure

CME Information

Course participants will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit hours for completing the course, all of which meet the requirements for Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Self-Assessment. The course is currently open to trauma and acute care surgeons. Registration is available through the center offering the course or by contacting the ACS at BEST@facs.org to be connected with a course location. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 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 4 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Trauma.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Surgical Critical Care.