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Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma

Upcoming Courses

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.

“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.

BEST Products

BEST Course

  • Didactics, simulators, and perfused cadavers
  • 4 CME credit hours
  • Instruction by National Faculty and local Instructors
  • Course dates and locations

BEST Workshop for Association, Conference, Symposium Hosts

  • Didactics and simulators
  • 3.75 CME credit hours
  • Hosted by association meetings (local, regional, national, international)
  • Instruction by National Faculty

BEST Workshop for Institution Hosts (Hospitals)

  • Didactics and simulators
  • 3.75 CME credits
  • Hosted by institutions
  • Instruction by National Faculty

Workshops are intended to serve as an Introduction to REBOA. Those who wish to pursue more in-depth training may attend the BEST Course, which offers more hands-on training with perfused cadavers including ultrasound-guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair.

E-mail BEST@facs.org to inquire about any of the above products or to schedule a workshop at your association meeting or institution. 

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.

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 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.

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