ATLS 10th Edition Online Faculty Update Course

This course expires on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST. You will no longer be able to access this course or claim credit after that date/time. You may continue to access the content only through this link: 

Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®), is a continuing medical education program designed to teach a standardized, concise approach to the care of the trauma patient in the "golden hour"—the period of time following traumatic injury during which there is the highest likelihood of death.

The Online Faculty Update Course for 10th edition is comprised of 4 modules designed to provide an overview of the medical content changes, as well as new course guidelines, equipment, structure, and more. It covers theories of learning related to the changes in the lectures and skill stations, and it offers video demonstration of those changes as well.


For questions about course content, please contact the ATLS office at

Target Audience

This activity is intended for current ATLS Faculty needing to update to the latest ATLS 10th Edition, including:

  • Coordinators / Coordinator Candidates
  • Educators / Senior Educators / Educator Candidates
  • Instructors / Instructor Candidates
  • Course Directors / Course Director Candidates

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training the ATLS Faculty should be able to:

  • Understand the curricular improvements made to the ATLS course structure to enhance student learning, which include:
    • the addition of interactive course discussions which will improve the clinical and educational effectiveness of the course content by providing the student the practice of using the systematic approach to caring for the injured patient
    • the structural changes in the skill stations that now include unfolding case scenarios of the ABCD’s (Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability) to efficiently assess and treat a trauma patient
  • Acknowledge the updates to the equipment in the ATLS course that reflect the latest in trauma industry practice as it relates to the care of the trauma patient
  • Demonstrate and lead an interactive discussion and skill station which will enhance the overall learning experience for ATLS students to improve retention of the ATLS concepts that will be used in the assessment and care of injured patients
  • Facilitate the required training of other ATLS faculty including; course directors, educators, instructors and coordinators in order to maintain an active ATLS faculty status, and to continue teaching the ATLS principles which impacts trauma patient care worldwide

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Welcome
  • Module 2: Overview of Changes
  • Module 3: Facilitating Interactive Discussions
  • Module 4: Teaching Skills in the 10th Edition
  • Post-Module Assessment
  • Course Evaluation
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.25 Certificate of Completion
  • 2.25 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable. 

Ineligible companies: The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition. 

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner. 

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship. 

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 


Planning/Development Committee 

The following have contributed to the development of this course in either the Live Activity, the Online Module, or both; as noted below. 

Monique Drago
Nothing to disclose  

Sharon Henry, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose  

Deborah Paltridge
Nothing to disclose 

Autumn Zarlengo
Nothing to disclose 

Available Credit

  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.25 Certificate of Completion
  • 2.25 Self Assessment Credit
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