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 IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center 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. IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center surgeons began ATOM in 2005.
At Wishard, fourth year residents go through thre 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.