The ATOM course was designed by leading trauma surgeons as a follow-up course to the Advanced Trauma Life Support course. This course, which combines a series of interactive lecture presentations and a surgical laboratory experience, increases the participant’s knowledge and procedural skills in surgical interventions for injuries from penetrating trauma. This course is mandatory training for fourth-year surgical residents of the Indiana University General Surgery Residency Program.
Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center surgeons held the first ATOM course in 2005. The course has also been taught internationally. Gerardo Gomez, M.D., F.A.C.S., was the course director for the inaugural ATOM course in Latin America in 2001, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.