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American College of Surgeons


ATLS@Program for Doctors
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January 30, 2008

Student Course: April 10 -12,2008


Course Venue: Fujairah Hospital, Fujairah, UAE
Lectures: Al Badri Auditorium
Surgical Skills: Bum Unit
Skills Stations: Burn Unit
cc: All Faculty Members

From:

Dr. SUBASH GAUTAM FRCS, FACS Dr. Imran Zafar FRCSEd


Program Director ATLS@SiteCoordinator

Ms. Ameena Hassan SRN


ATLS@CourseCoordinator

Subiect: ATLS@Student Course April 10 - 12, 2008

Welcome to the American College of Surgeons (ACS)Advanced Trauma Life Support@


(ATLS@) Program. This letter confirms your registration for the ATLS@StudentCourse, and
although long, it contains important information about your participation in this course.
We are pleased that you have been selected to attend this course, and look forward to
meeting you and providing you with a unique educational experience.
Please contact Dr. Subash Gautam, Dr. Imran Zafar or Ms. Amina Hasan if you have any
questions or concerns with the attached information. ~

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Items included in this packet in order of appearance:


Item PaQe(s)
Important Cover Notice Top sheet
~ letter 5-2
~ General Course Information 5-3-4 ,
~ Course Site 5-3
~ Registration Form and Fee 5-3
~ CourseTimes 5-3
~ SurgicalSkillslab/Practical SkillsStations 5-3
~ Meals 5-3
~ lodging Accommodations 5-4
~ Attire/Dress for course 5-4
~ Important Telephone Numbers 5-4
~ Paging devices, mobile phones S-4
~ Student Course Information 5-4-5
~ Medical Core Content 5-4-5
~ Written Tests 5-5
~ Triage Scenarios Booklet 5-5
~ Course Schedule 5-5
~ Faculty 5-5
~ Successful Course Completion Requirements 5-5
~ Instructor Course Information 5-6
~ Instructor Potential 5-6
~ Summary $-6
~ Attachment #1: Registration Form
~ Attachment #2 Student Course Schedule
~ Attachment #3 Faculty list
~ Attachment #4 Participant and Auditor List
~ Attachment #5 Pretest #1

The ATLS@PROGRAM

The ATlS@Programis a continuing medical education (CME)program designed for doctors.


The standards for successful course completion are established for doctors. The ACSonly
verifies successful course completion by doctors and does not certify or credential
doctors in trauma care. This CMEcourse may be different from others you have taken. ~

The Student Course is an intense learning opportunity, one that requires your attendance
during the entire course, one for which you must be prepared, and one in which you
will be actively involved in performing skills and relating specific information. Therefore,
you MUSTcome to the course prepared to actively participate. More information about
the Student Course is included under Student Course Information on the pages 4-5. TO
ADVANCE TO THE INSTRUCTOR COURSE, YOU MUST FIRST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE
THE STUDENT COURSE AND BE IDENTIFIED AS HA VING INSTRUCTOR POTENTIAL. (See
page 6 of this letter.)

ATLS Student Letter April 2008 S-2


GENERALCOURSEINFORMATION

Course Site: Fujairah Hospital, Fujairah, UAE


Fees: Student Course: AED2,000
Course language: En~lish: Manual, handouts, testing
materials and lectures

Parking: Parkingfor students and faculty is available at no cost at the Hospitalcar park.
Please do not park on the road side inside the hospital as this will (let you a parkin~
fine.
Registration Form: Enclosed is a registration form for this course. Please review it
carefully and make any changes as necessary, eg, add telephone number,fax numberore-
mail address. Please fax this form to DrGautam on 09-2229077, before February 28,
2008. Wewant to be sure we have the correct spellingof your name before printingname
badges. Yourphotograph will be taken as part of the registration process. Ifyou have any
concerns in this regard, please let us know by email (atlsuae@yahoo.com).
Course Times: The Student Course starts promptly at 1300 hours on Thursday, April 10,
2008. The course will start in the Al Badri Auditorium located in Fujairah Hospital. Look
for the "ATLS"directional signs. Time has been incorporated into the course schedule for
prayers on Friday, April 11, 2008. The course ends by 1530 Hrs on April 12, 2008.

It has been our experience with courses of this type that the time scheduled for different
course events often exceeds those listed. We recognize this as a normal occurrence
resulting from questions, impromptu discussions, and the high level of enthusiasm for the
course from the participants and faculty. Therefore, your questions and comments are
welcomed and encouraged.
Surgical Skills lab: The surgical skills stations are scheduled for the Morning of April 11 ,
2008. The surgical skills procedures in the course will be conducted on live, anesthetized
goat models. If you have any concerns about performing the surgical procedures on this
type of model, please contact Dr. Gautam as soon as possible. Protective clothing will be
provided during this session.

Meals: Breaks and lunches are provided during the course.


lodging: Participants are responsible for their own boarding 8: lodging. We do however
negotiate special rates with the local hotels. Details will be available later on.

Attire/Dress: Please dress informally/casually and comfortably for the course. Cover
gowns or scrub suits will be available for you to wear during the surgical skills practicum
and initial assessment skills stations.

A TT .~ ~tlJrlent T.etter Ami! 2008 S-3


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GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION continued

Important Telephone Numbers and Addresses are listed here ~or emergencies and for
your information.

~ Before the course: Dr.Subash Gautam, Dr. Imran Zafar or }k;..AminaHasnmay


be the easiest to contact for any questions or assistance you may need before the
course. Contact information for any queries is included on the Faculty Ust enclosed
with this letter.

~ During the course: Emergency telephone messages can be made to 09-202


0491. This is the librarians' number. A message will be taken and given to you.

Use of paging devices / mobile telephones and recording devices: Paging devices
and cellular/mobile telephones are NOT permitted in the classroom or skills
sessions while the course is in progress. Use of recording devices is also not
permitted.
ATLS@STUDENT COURSE INFORMATION

During the Student Course, the core medical content and related skills sessions are taught.
Please study all material in the ATLS@Student Manual, including the appendices. Based
on our experience and to successfully complete the course, it is VERY IMPORTANT that
you study the materials BEFORE the course begins. Adequate time will be available for
questions and answers during the course. As you read the materials, you will note the
program's unique educational design and its inherent philosophies. The concept of the
program is simple yet profound. We recognize that some clinical procedures performed in
your country may vary from those outlined in the manual. We also recognize that there are
other acceptable approaches to the care of the trauma patient. However, for the purposes
of this course, your successful completion of the course, and to promote a method of
standardized care for the trauma patient, the ATLS@core content and related material
presents one. safe approach to assess;n~ and man~;~ the multiplv ;niured patient. This
;s known as the "ATLS@Wav." Discussions during the course and your responses during
practice and testing sessions should focus on the "ATLS@Way."

The course focuses on the "first hour" of trauma management, starting at the point in
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time of injury and continuing through initial assessment, life-saving interventidn,
reevaluation, stabilization ana when needed, transfer to a ~ospital that has the resources
and capabilities to manage the patient. The course consists of written pre- and postcourse
tests, core content lectures, case presentations, discussions, development of life-saving
manipulative skills, practical laboratory experiences, interactive skills sessions, and a final
performance proficiency evaluation. Based on well-established principles and objectives of
trauma management, the course provides doctors with one acceptable method for safe,
immediate management, and the basic knowledge to assess and manage the trauma
patient to ensure the best possible outcome.

ATLS Student Letter April 2008 8-4


Written Tests: Pretest #1 and a response sheet are enclosed with this letter. Please
complete the test BEFORE coming to the course. Your test answer sheet MUST be handed
in when you arrive for the first day of the course on April 10, 2008. It will be corrected
and returned to you for review during the Group Discussion of Pretest et al in the Evening
of April 10, 2008.
The test booklet and answer sheet MUST be returned to the individual proctoring the
written posttest AFTER you finish the posttest. AUwritten test materials remain with the
Course Director and Coordinator after the course, thereby retaining as much validity of the
test questions as possible. Your cooperation in this regard is appreciated.

A Triage Scenario Booklet is incorporated in your manual book. A response sheet is


included for each scenario. Please respond to the questions for each scenario BEFOREthe
course. An answer key will be given to you after the group discussion of these scenarios.
You may retain both booklets for future reference.

A Course Schedule will be given to you at the registration desk. It is detailed and color-
coded for your ease in identifying the schedule for each day. The schedule may change
(faculty and/or students) by the time the course is conducted. However, the lecture and
skills stations' sequences and your assignments will not change.

The faculty members for this course have been selected for their expertise in the care of
the trauma patient, and their experience with and enthusiasm and commitment to the
ATLS@'Program.

Successful Course Completion: Your successful completion of the Student Course is based
on your attendance at the entire course, adherence to the course content, demonstration
of the practical skills as outlined in the manual, and demonstration of knowledge and
proficiency in accordance with the course requirements as outlined herein:

1. Your performance at each of the skills stations will be evaluated by faculty in


accordance with the essential requirements and objectives established for
successfully completing each of the skills. The skills stations are provided in your
manual and are coordinated with the appropriate chapter in the manual.

2. Successful completion of the written posttest with a score of at least 80%

3. Your performance at the Initial Assessment Testing Station will be evaluated by


faculty in accordance with the essential requirements and objectives established
for successful completion of this station. This station serves as a final practical
testing station for the course, and is a culmination of all the knowledge and skills
taught during the course.

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SUMMARY

, In conclusion and on behaLfof the entire facuLty,we welcome you to this speciaLATLS@
Program. This is an exciting opportunity for the faculty to share this unique training
program with you. We look forward to meeting you, working with you, and welcoming you
to the ATLS0Family.
Enclosuresl attachments:
~ Cover Notice
~ Registration Form
~ Student Course Schedule
~ ATLS@Student Manual, (7th)
~ Pretest #18: answer sheet

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