Trauma training and education


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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.



Trauma training, education and research

The importance of education in trauma care was recognised in 1988 with the establishment in Australasia of the Early Management in Severe Trauma (EMST) course, now mandatory for all surgical trainees. The College also co-operates with the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC) to develop the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course, strongly recommended for all surgeons involved in the management of major trauma. It is a 2-day course that provides hands-on practical experiences that focuses on surgical operative technique and surgical decision making processes.

Trauma at the ASC

The Trauma Program at the Annual Scientific Congress is an important event in the calendar and the inclusion of international trauma experts makes the program exciting, dynamic and diverse.

Abstract submissions now being accepted until 30th January 2015.


Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)
Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC)
Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP)
Acute Neurotrauma Management (Rural)
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

Trauma training opportunities

See the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Surgery of Trauma (ANZAST) for trauma training opportunities.

Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant for Trainees

Dr Damian McMahon FRACS was an integral and influential member of the RACS Trauma Committee, Chair of the Trauma Verification Sub-Committee and a passionate educator of Trainees - especially in the area of trauma. He tragically died in 2012. The Damian McMahon Travel Grant has been established to recognise and honour the commitment and work that Dr McMahon gave to the College as well as rewarding excellence in trauma research.

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