ATLS-Student Refresher - .5 Day

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.


For questions about course content, please contact the ATLS office at or 312-202-5160.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for health care providers involved in the care of the trauma patient to maintain their current status, including:

  • Practicing physicians
  • Residents
  • Advanced practice clinicians
  • Medical students in their final year of study

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessment
  • Establish management priorities in a trauma situation
  • Initiate primary and secondary management necessary within the golden hour for the emergency management of acute-life threatening conditions
  • In a given simulated clinical and surgical skills practicum, demonstrate the following skills, which are often required in the initial assessment and treatment of patient with multiple injuries


Course Outline

  • Pre-test
  • Module 0: ATLS Overview
  • Module 1: Initial Assessment and Management
  • Module 2: Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Module 3: Shock
  • Module 4: Thoracic Trauma
  • Module 5: Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma
  • Module 6: Head Trauma
  • Module 7: Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Module 8: Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Module 9: Thermal Injuries
  • Module 10: Pediatric Trauma
  • Module 11: Geriatric Trauma
  • Module 12: Trauma in Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Module 13: Transfer to Definitive Care
  • Post-Module Assessment
  • Course Evaluation
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.00 Certificate of Completion
  • 5.00 Self Assessment Credit
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Available Credit

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