Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS)

Course/Event Details Course/Event Details

  • Course/Event Dates: Mon, 11 September 2023 - Tue, 12 September 2023
    Course/Event Status: Full - no spaces
    Location: Edinburgh - RCSEd
    Convenor: Professor Mansoor Ali Khan & Mr Morgan P. McMonagle
  • CPD Points: 12

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Relevant Grades Relevant Grades

  • ST5
  • ST6
  • ST7
  • ST8
  • SAS
  • Consultant


This practical two-day course teaches participants how to make life-saving surgical decisions and perform under pressure in a trauma and emergency environment. You will learn about decision-making, epidemiology and emerging technologies, and cover the essentials of the relevant surgical anatomy.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for ST5-8, Consultants and SAS grades. Participants should have a good understanding of ATLS and critical care principles and experience of managing trauma both frequently and infrequently.

Learning Style

This course is based around practical workshops using unembalmed cadavers.

Learning Outcomes

Following the course, participants will be able to: • Organise and plan how to manage pressure of making life-saving decisions in a T&E environment • Describe the damage control philosophy and apply it to a variety of scenarios • Discuss the epidemiology and physics of ballistics Following the course, participants will have increased their knowledge of, and ability to perform, procedures relating to: • Thoracic trauma • Vascular trauma • Penetrating neck injuries • Thoracic outlet and upper limb trauma • Lower limb trauma • Abdominal pelvic trauma

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Additional Information

Please note that a cancellation fee applies.

Participant Feedback

"Bar none, the best surgical course I have attended. In no other setting have I ever learned so many new surgical skills in such a short space of time and the quality of the teaching was such that what I learned won’t easily be forgotten", "Faculty were excellent and drew on personal experience - hearing from those working in other health care settings was very helpful", "This course should be mandatory for any surgeons involved in major trauma. I cannot recommend it highly enough"

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