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ASSET Program

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

Developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Surgical Skills Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons.  The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that when injured may pose a threat to life or limb.


Course Description

A course manual is distributed to students prior to taking the course to provide an overview of key surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, 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.

ASSET Manuals are available for purchase

For More Information, Contact
ASSET Program Office
American College of Surgeons
633 North St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Phone: 312-202-5388
Fax: 312-202-5005
E-mail: asset@facs.org