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

Future Trauma Leaders

The Future Trauma Leaders (FTL) program is a unique way for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) to offer an in-depth training and mentoring opportunity to junior trauma and acute care surgeons (not more than five years out from fellowship completion). A competitive application process (advertised in fall to the COT and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma/Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma/Western Trauma Association members) will be used to solicit candidates to participate in an exciting two-year program. In return, the COT will benefit from the work product delivered out of surgical assignments and committee participation from the participant.

Participants will be assigned to a special research/quality improvement project within the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) and present work product reports throughout the two-year period. Participants will also be assigned to COT committees within their area of interest and be encouraged to be actively involved in Committee projects.

Participants will be encouraged to become engaged in their State and Regional Committees and develop an understanding of the practice and advocacy issues facing their regional trauma system.

Participants will be supported by the COT for travel to the COT meetings (March/October) and the annual TQIP meeting and to attend the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit. To be eligible for the program, participants must commit to attend all events in the two-year period.

Trauma leadership training also will be offered with the opportunity to participate in trauma system design and implementation training, TOPIC course, Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course, Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) instructor course, and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor course. Travel to any of these optional courses would be the obligation of the participants’ faculty.

The number of candidates accepted each year will be contingent on funding (with the suggestion of two participants for the first trial period).

Candidate Selection

The selection of candidates will be conducted by the Membership Committee in conjunction with the COT Chair and Vice Chair, with approval by the Executive Committee.

Applications will be accepted by the Membership Committee and candidates will provide:

  • Two letters of recommendation (from your Division Chief and one other). Please note. The Division Chief letter must state support for the time commitment for the candidate to attend all required meetings.
  • Your current curriculum vitae
  • An essay on why you would like to participate in this program and what you hope to gain from participation
  • Application form

Applicants will be reviewed against the published goals of the FTL program. Applications will be distributed to the Membership Committee for review and scoring and a conference call will be held to select the top member candidates. These names will then be forwarded to the Executive Committee for approval.

If selected, the suitable candidates will be requested to commit to:

  • Attend the Annual March and October COT meetings, Annual TQIP meeting, and Annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC.
  • Attend at least 75% of the committee meetings that they have been assigned.
  • Completion of special project assignments with the TQIP program.
  • Regular touch points with their mentor

2018/2019 FTL Projects

Best Practices Guidelines Development

  • Work with TQIP Best Practices project team and subject matter experts to develop guidelines document within time frame required.
  • Provide clinical writing, editing, and review for guidelines document.
  • Act as project manager to bring guidelines to completion.

Case Studies

  • Work with TQIP leadership to identify content for case studies to be produced as case study documents.
  • Provide clinical writing, editing, and review for case studies.
  • Work with trauma centers to develop and finalize case studies.

Apply to the FTL

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications will open in June 2020.

For any additional questions about the program, please contact