ATLS 10th Edition Instructor Course - 1 Day

The goal of the instructor course is to prepare doctors as instructors to teach the ATLS  student course. Over the years, the ATLS course has evolved to include greater emphasis on interactivity and small group learning. This 10th edition of the instructor course is based on the strong foundation of the previous editions, adding essentially two aspects: how to use scenario-based teaching principles and how to facilitate student learning, moving away from "sage on the stage" and embracing the role of "guide on the side." 

This course is a team-teaching interactive learning experience with the course director, an ATLS educator, and experienced ATLS instructors. In this experience, the course participants will acquire an understanding of the of the adult education principles that are used in the design and delivery of ATLS learning and teaching. Course participants are then provided an opportunity to put them into practice using the principles during practice training sessions. This structured team-teaching experience employs the newest concepts of adult education to optimally prepare new instructors for their roles as teacher, facilitator, instructor, and mentor of an ATLS student course. The approach of the instructor course is closely aligned with the pedagogy used in the 10th edition ATLS student course. 

The content in these modules is for informational purposes only, and does not provide credit. Modules were reviewed and updated on 6/22/2023.


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

Target Audience

  • Student Course participants identified as having instructor potential may advance to the Instructor Course within a specified time frame
  • Teaches the doctor how to teach the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Student Course
  • Eligibility to participate is limited to doctors in countries where the program has been introduced and promulgated by the ACS

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the mission of the ATLS Instructor
  • Describe what concepts the instructor course teaches and what participants will learn
  • Recognize specific requirements for successful instructor course completion
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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 Company:  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.

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.

For course-specific disclosure listings, please refer to the disclosure insert provided at your course site.

Planning/Development Committee 

The following have contributed to the development of the ATLS 10 courses as indicated below:

Kimberly Joseph, MD, FACS (Live Activity, Modules) 
Nothing to disclose 

Sharon Henry, MD, FACS (Live Activity, Modules) 
Nothing to disclose   

John Sutyak, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Joe E. Acker III, MD, FACS (Instructor) 
Nothing to disclose 

Suresh Agarwal, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose 

Galinos Bamparas, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Karen Brasel, MD, FACS (Live Activity, Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Julie Dunn, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Daniel Grabo, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Kenji Inaba, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Randeep Jawa, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Dennis Kim, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Stefan Leichtle, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Hunter Moore, MD (Modules) 
Founder, Thrombo Therapeutics Incorporated 

Deborah Paltridge (Instructor)
No disclosures

Travis Polk, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Justin Regner, MD (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Morgan Schellenberg, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose  

Kristin Sihler, MD, FACS (Modules) 
Nothing to disclose 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.00 Certificate of Completion
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