Trauma Training and Education

Training and education of staff and members of the medical community is a significant part of the advancements of a Level I trauma center. Each year, the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health offers a wide variety of courses to keep the medical community up to date on state-of-the-art procedures and protocols in trauma care.

Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) Course

The TEAM course was designed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for medical students to provide basic instruction in the initial care of trauma patients. The course is held every six weeks and is mandatory for third-year medical students.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

trauma trainingThe Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center offers ATLS provider and instructor courses that are taught by the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care faculty. ATLS is mandatory for all surgical residents at IU. Core trauma surgeons are required to maintain an ATLS instructor status in order to cover trauma at the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center.

Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Course

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 participants’ knowledge and procedural skills in surgical interventions for injuries from penetrating trauma. The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health was designed as the Midwest center. This course is mandatory training for fourth-year surgical residents of the Indiana University General Surgery Residency Program. Participants at the ATOM course also include general surgery residents from Wright State. Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health surgeons began ATOM in 2005.

At Eskenazi Health, fourth year residents go through the ATOM course as a part of their curriculum, but the course is international. Dr. Gerardo Gomez was the course director for the first ever ATOM course taught in Latin America in 2001.

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) Course

The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that when injured may pose a threat to life or limb. A course manual is distributed to students prior to taking the course to provide an overview of surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and extremities (upper and lower). The one-day, cadaver-based course follows this modular, body-region approach. Each section begins with a short, case-based overview followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. The student assesses his or her ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

In conjunction with the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center, the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health holds regular PHTLS courses in which the trauma staff actively participates.

Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)/Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC)

TNCC and ENPC are Emergency Nurses Association courses dedicated to providing a standardized education program to enhance knowledge of emergency nurses, both in cognitive and psychomotor skills with the adult and pediatric population respectively.

The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center Program Manager, trauma clinical educator, injury prevention coordinator and Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department nurses actively participated as instructors and course coordinators throughout the year providing 12 courses in Marion County in 2010.

The IU/Eskenazi Health Annual Surgical Critical Care Trauma Symposium

teri joy awardThe 2011 Symposium drew nationally renowned speakers who presented educational seminars to physicians, nurses, pre-hospital providers and other medical professionals on advances to the discipline of trauma care. The presentation of the Jay L. Grosfeld Recognition Award was to Teri Joy, RN, CEN.



Contact Us
For more information on trauma education, please call 317.880.5047.