The Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®) course is an effective method of increasing surgical competence and confidence in the operative management of penetrating injuries to the chest and abdomen.
The intended audience includes senior surgical residents, trauma fellows, military surgeons, and fully trained general surgeons who are not frequently called on to treat penetrating injuries.
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The ATOM manual and CD-ROM can be purchased online at http://cine-med.com/index.php?id=ATOM01. Review of the materials does not qualify for CME credit.
The COURSE consists of six 30-minute lectures followed by a three-hour lab session during which the students will manage 12 different injuries.
The lectures teach the management of penetrating trauma as related to:
The LAB SESSION, with a 1:1 student-to-instructor ratio, presents students with scenarios in which they must identify and repair simulated injuries. Injured areas include:
The students must also complete pre- and post- course exams and evaluations via the Internet.
The ATOM Manual and CD-ROM can be purchased on-line at: http://cine-med.com/index.php?id=ATOM01
Lenworth Jacobs, MD, FACS of the University of Connecticut School and Medicine and Hartford Hospital Trauma Program, developed the ATOM® course. It was established in 1998 out of a demonstrated need for the interactive exchange of knowledge regarding operative procedures in the management of trauma. In 2008, the ATOM program came under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.