Course Description

ATOM is an acronym for Advanced Trauma Operative Management Course, which is found to be a useful educational program and a technical surgical experience for all surgeons. This course is now in multiple sites in the United States, Canada and West Africa.

It includes a didactic session composed of six standardized 30-minute lectures that review the basic principles of trauma laparotomy, damage control and management of abdominal and thoracic injuries to the heart and major vessels, as well as operative animal laboratory experience.

ATOM Lectures Include

Introduction to Trauma Laparotomy, Spleen & Diaphragm, Hepatic Trauma, Pancreas & Duodenum, Genitourinary and Cardiac & Vascular.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Increased self-efficacy in the management of traumatic injuries.
  • Increased knowledge in the management of penetrating injuries.
  • Ability to successfully and safely perform all operative procedures presented in the course.

Requirements / Target Participants

  • Trauma fellows and senior surgical residents at the 4th and 5th years of training
  • Surgeons who take call in non-trauma centers who are expected to manage penetrating injuries.
  • Trauma surgeons in trauma centers who do not see a significant number of penetrating trauma cases and want to maintain or improve their trauma operative skills
  • Military surgeons

Additional Entry Criteria

  • Successful completion of ATLS
  • 4th and 5th year surgical resident
  • Trauma fellow
  • Board eligible or board-certified surgeons

Accreditation and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion will be given only to those individuals who successfully complete the Student Course/or the Instructor Course.
  • American College of Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.
  • Saudi Council for Health Specialties designates this course with a number of CME/PD hours.
This course is co-sponsored and follows the guidelines and standards set by the Hartford Hospital, Connecticut and the American College of Surgeons.

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