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Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management Course

Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management is a two-day, in-person course that will provide both didactic and interactive discussion formats. Course materials and additional resources will be provided to all students electronically.

Course Description

The Advancing Leadership in Trauma Center Management Course is designed to provide an insight and direction on the critical infrastructure and organizational processes necessary to develop and lead a successful trauma center. The course provides information on key leadership principles and theories that foster collaboration, relationship building, and outcomes. The course includes specific “how-to” guidelines for development and oversight of areas such as:

  • Trauma system development
  • Performance improvement
  • Effective response models
  • High-performing teams

This course is designed for multidisciplinary participation and engagement with the adult learner at the core of the presentations.

This course integrates expert consensus and evidence-based research with ACS COT Trauma Quality Programs—including Trauma Quality Improvement Program, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety, Trauma Systems Consultation Program, and Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) Program—to teach participants how to implement best practices and maximize the benefits of taking part of Trauma Quality Programs in order to achieve trauma center excellence.  

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants will:

  • Identify key leadership roles of the trauma center
  • Define measures to further develop their emotional intelligence and leadership styles
  • Design effective budget to support the trauma center
  • Review strategies for developing essential trauma protocols that foster buy-in and participation
  • Define the fundamental elements of evidence-based practice
  • Define the components of building a successful trauma performance improvement plan
  • Define the multidisciplinary roles in trauma performance improvement
  • Review various organizational structures for trauma centers

Target Audience

The intended audience is leaders in trauma system and trauma center development and advancement, including

  • Trauma medical directors
  • Trauma program managers
  • Performance improvement clinicians
  • Hospital administrators
  • Trauma nurses
  • Trauma registrars


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