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INTERNATIONAL

August 2010

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ATLS International is a monthly electronic newsletter that circulates the latest information on news and events across 

the ATLS global spectrum. Please contact Jasmine Alkhatib with questions or suggestions at jalkhatib@facs.org.



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ATLS–Nigeria Holds 

Inaugural Course

France Is Now Part 

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ATLS–France Holds 

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August 2010

The ATLS Program in Chile, which has conducted 

Student and Instructor courses regularly since its 

inception, turns 24 on November 11, 2010. 

Just three years after Chile’s inaugural course, Chilean ATLS 

faculty members collaborated to introduce the program 

to several neighboring countries, which include Argentina, 

Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Beyond U.S. and Canadian borders, all 

efforts put forth by the group have consistently maintained 

the high-quality standards required by the American 

College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). 

Since 2005, current ATLS status is mandatory for all 

who serve in emergency services in Chile. The very 

presence of this requirement has pervaded other 

activities at a rescue level, such as the PHTLS and ATCN 

programs, which are also available in Chile under the 

Chilean COT of the American College of Surgeons.

The ATLS philosophy even extends to annual ACS Chilean 

Congress activities. For example, a traditional activity during 

the Chilean Congress is “Trauma Day.” Developed by Dr. Carlos 

Carvajal H. (ATLS–Chile Chair), and Dr. Froilan Fernandez 

(ATLS–Chile National Coordinator), “Trauma Day” is entirely 

devoted to highlighting and updating attendees on the 

management of trauma in all its particularities. In the wake 

of the catastrophic 8.8-Richter earthquake suffered by Chile 

on February 27 of this year, the Chilean COT decided to 

move forward with the activities planned for the May 2010 

Chilean Congress; however, the agenda was slightly modified 

in order to host a symposium for discussion and analysis of 

topics relating to the recent earthquake. Topics included:

Disaster Planning: General Guidelines for Management 



and Mechanism of Local and National Response by 

Alberto Maturana, MD, former director of Onemi

Emergency Preparedness: Community and 



Hospital Disaster Plan Training by Will Chapleau, 

EMT-P, RN, TNS, ATLS Program Manager

Chile as a Model of a Seismic Country? Advances in 



Forecasting. Risk Mitigation Research by Mr. Jaime Campos, 

professor of seismology at the University of Chile

Failure and/or Lessons Learned: Experiences in the 



Field by Heriberto Perez, MD, ATLS Instructor

The different topics analyzed helped participants reach several 

conclusions that can be applied to regulations, procedures, 

and updates in future cataclysmic events. These topics inspired 

much interest from the majority of Chilean Congress attendees.

Norman McSwain, MD, FACS, founder and medical 

director of the PHTLS program, took the opportunity to 

pay special tribute to Will Chapleau, who initiated the 

PHTLS program in Chile in 1997. Dr. McSwain said Mr 

Chapleau is a great friend to the program and has made 

outstanding contributions to ATLS in his time with the 

program. Dr. McSwain commended Mr. Chapleau’s work 

in a letter that was read out loud during the Congress:

“PHTLS has now reached almost 600,000 people, and ATLS 

has reached almost one million. If each person who has 

been taught PHTLS and ATLS in his or her career provides 

better care to only 10 people, then Will Chapleau has been 

the architect or the administrator of programs that have 

touched the lives of more than 10 million patients. That 

is an accomplishment very few people in the world have 

achieved. Will Chapleau ranks among these leaders.”

The ATLS Program office thanks all ATLS faculty 

for giving us the opportunity to contribute 

what we can for trauma issues worldwide. 

AtLs in Chile Remains strong

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by Carlos Carvajal, MD, FACS, and 

Froilan Fernandez, MD, FACS

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August 2010

Only a month after training in Switzerland, representatives 

of ATLS–France held their ATLS inaugural course in Lyon 

under the auspices of Société Française de Chirurgie 

d’Urgence July 5–9, 2010. Eric Voiglio, MD, FACS, provided 

outstanding leadership for the French team with support 

from the ATLS–Europe group. The instructor candidates, 

who demonstrated enthusiasm throughout the course, 

include Jean-Yves Maritano, MD; Frederic Rongieras, 

MD; Yoann Baudoin, MD; Vincent Dubuisson, MD; and 

Benoit Frattini, MD. As for international faculty, Dr. John 

kortbeek (Canada, ATLS International Course Director); 

Pedro Pereira, MD, FACS (Portugal, ATLS–Europe Chair); 

Patrick Schoettker, MD, FACS (Switzerland, ATLS Instructor); 

and Domenic Scharplatz, MD, FACS (Switzerland, ATLS 

Instructor), participated in the Student course. Pascale 

Lavieville (France), Frederic Lodier (France), Laura 

Bruna (Italy, ATLS–Europe), and Jasmine Alkhatib (U.S., 

ATLS International Coordinator) served as the course 

coordinators. Raphael Bonvin, MD (ATLS–Switzerland), 

led the Instructor course discussions as Educator.

The keen course participants carried a variety of 

prehospital, emergency medicine, and surgical 

specialties. As a result, the dialogue during the 

courses provided interesting insight into some 

unique aspects of the French system, including 

where ATLS could support current training and 

system development. Furthermore, ATLS faculty 

members were able to appreciate the strong system 

of medical education and prehospital care in France.

Lyon, France’s second city, was the center of Roman 

Gaul and served as a major cultural and communication 

hub. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, today it is well 

known as the center of French gastronomy. It is also 

famous for its two rivers, the Rhône and the Saone, 

and some quip that Beaujolais wine is Lyon’s third 

river. Additionally, Lyon has a tremendous history of 

contribution to the art and science of surgery and 

medicine. Famous citizens and graduates include:

Léopold Ollier (1830–1900), who has been 



called the father of orthopedic surgery.

Léon Bérard (1870–1956), a neck surgery specialist, 



who was the first to perform major thoracoplasties.

Alexis Carrel (1873–1944), who was awarded 



the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Hosts treated the group to a memorable evening of 

dining in La Croix Rouse, a historic district of Lyon noted 

for its exceptional restaurants that was formerly the 

center of the silk industry in Europe. The evening was 

capped off by a visit to the historic Roman Theatre

where a performance of traditional flamenco guitar, 

song, and dance was presented to the Lyonnais. 

Lyon will serve as the administrative center of ATLS in 

France, with the next Student and Instructor courses 

planned for December 2010. Additional course sites 

are to be planned, with early interest from Bordeaux. 

Dr. Eric Voiglio and his team have set the stage for 

a strong beginning. The ATLS Subcommittee, the 

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, 

and ATLS–Europe welcome France to the ATLS family!

AtLs–France Holds Inaugural Course

by John Kortbeek, MD, FACS 

ATLS International Course Director

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Dr. John Kortbeek provides some feedback to an instructor candidate.



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August 2010

The most recent newborn of the ATLS–Europe family 

arrived in July at the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon.

The newborn is a healthy and robust infant and has all 

the characteristics of a strong and long-lived Gaulois.

Born among its European brothers and sisters, “le petit 

Gaulois” had in attendance its stepfather from across 

the ocean, “le Canadien anglophile,” John kortbeek. 

“Le Baptême” soon followed, with the christening 

of eight new instructors who will be joining 

the growing ATLS international family.

All the best wishes and congratulations to “les papas et la 

mama”: Eric Voiglio, Frèderic Lodier, and Pascale Lavielle.

For a long time, France was considered the final 

objective for the diffusion and implementation of 

ATLS around the world. It had its own emergency 

procedures and school of thought, backed by the authority of a strong 

and respected medical community, which at times were totally opposite 

to what the rest of the world practiced. Therefore, it is a significant 

scientific achievement for ATLS to start in France. True, ATLS must 

still win over a large number of French doctors and a whole medical 

school of thought, but the scientific proof is here to back it up.

The future objectives now are called: China and Russia.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS, FRANCE!

Pedro Moniz Pereira, MD, FACS 

ATLS–Europe Chair

France Is Now Part of the AtLs Family!

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 dr. John Kortbeek, dr. Pedro 

Pereira, and dr. eric Voiglio. dr. Pereira presents a plaque to dr. 

Voiglio in recognition of the French AtLs inaugural course. 

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ATLS Coordinator Meeting 

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AtLs–Nigeria Holds Inaugural Course

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, 

held initial ATLS Student and Instructor 

courses July 10–14, 2010. The inaugural 

ATLS courses were held at the Garki 

Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital, 

which is a planned city constructed in the 

heart of the country. It was designated in 

the 1970s, with most of the construction 

having occurred since 1980. Abuja’s center 

features a number of memorable buildings, 

including the Abuja National Mosque 

and the National Ecumenical Center. The 

tropical landscape is dominated by Zuma 

Rock, a large monolith 725 meters in 

height and 3.1 kilometers in diameter. 

The Nigerian Orthopedic Association 

and the Nigerian Emergency Response 

Service hosted the ATLS Program. Nnamdi 

Nwauwa, MD, FACS, led the initiative, and 

Bob Yellowe, MD, FACS, served as the initial 

Course Director. The Nigerian faculty had 

previously completed training in Fujairah

United Arab Emirates, with the support of 

the ATLS–Middle East group, in October 

2009. The course in Nigeria had strong 

representation from orthopedic surgeons. 

The instructor candidates included Dr. 

Bob Yellowe and Dr. Nnamdi Nwauwa, as 

well as Philip Eyimina, MD; Giwa Suleiman, 

MD; Odunubi Olurotimi, MD; and Nkele 

Chinyere, MD. International faculty included 

Claus Falck Larsen (Denmark), MD, FACS; 

Dr. John kortbeek (Canada); Saud Al 

Turki, MD, FACS (Saudi Arabia); Subash 

Gautam, MD, FACS (UAE); Andrew Baker, 

MD (South Africa); Ayoola Ali, MBBS, FACS 

(U.S.); and Mr. WiIl Chapleau (U.S.) and Ms. 

Diane Chetty (UAE). The initial educator 

candidate was Chineze Nwauwa, MD. 

Opening ceremonies were attended by a 

number of Nigerian dignitaries, including 

professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, the honorable 

Nigerian Minister of Health. With nearly 155 

million inhabitants, Nigeria possesses one 

of the continent’s most rapidly growing 

economies. Injury rates are rising in Nigeria, 

and lifetime risk of death due to injury now 

exceeds 10 percent. The introduction of 

ATLS is one of several initiatives underway 

to address this serious health issue.

The students attending the course 

represented districts from across the country 

and participated with much enthusiasm 

and energy. The course was enhanced by 

a fantastic social program, which included 

traditional Nigerian dance and cuisine, as 

well as an entertaining evening watching 

the World Cup together. The American 

College of Surgeons is pleased to welcome 

Nigeria to the ATLS family. The next 

course will be held in November 2010.

by Dr. John Kortbeek 

ATLS International Course Director

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Inaugural Course

France Is Now Part 

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ATLS–Nigeria Holds 

Inaugural Course

Site Visit Takes 

Place in Accra

ATLS Coordinator Meeting 

to Take Place in October

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August 2010

site Visit takes Place in Accra

A site visit to Accra, Ghana, was conducted by Dr. John kortbeek (ATLS International 

Course Director) and Dr. Saud Al Turki (ATLS–Saudi Arabia Chair) July 13–14, 2010. Since 

achieving independence in 1957, Ghana has become one of the most prosperous 

and stable countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has a population of 24 million.

The sponsoring organization for ATLS promulgation is the Ghana College of Physicians 

and Surgeons (GCPS), and the initiative is being led by professor David Ofori-Adjei, acting 

rector of the GCPS. Initial officials attending the ATLS site visit meetings and tour included:

David Ofori-Adjei, acting rector, GCPS



kuame Agyire Tettey, manager, Surgical Skills Lab

Henry Baddoo, Department of Anesthesia, korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (kBTH)



S. B. Naaeder, Department of Surgery, kBTH

J. Clegg Lamptey, Department of Surgery, kBTH



N.A. Adu-Aryee, Department of Surgery, kBTH

Robert Ekow Quansel, Department of Surgery kBTH



E. k. Osei, Department of Surgery kBTH

Located at the College of Health Sciences, the host facility is the Medical and 

Surgical Skills Institute of Ghana at the University of Ghana and korle-Bu Teaching 

Hospital. The facility is a large, modern teaching and surgical skills facility, which 

contains space capable of supporting four simultaneous surgical skills practical 

stations using cadaveric or vivarium models. Modern anesthetic as well as open 

and laparoscopic skills are currently taught here. ATOM

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courses have already been 



successfully introduced in Ghana. Multiple small group and lecture facilities, storage 

areas, and an office with Internet access for course reporting are available. 

During the visit, Dr. kortbeek and Dr. Al Turki stayed at the residential facility of the 

Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra. It is approximately a 15-minute 

drive from the simulation center. The facilities exceeded the requirements for 

conducting ATLS courses. Oversight provided by the GCPS ensures that responsibility 

and commitment are clearly in place. The tradition of teaching using a simulation 

environment is already a strong component of the program of instruction in Accra. 

The site visit team supports ATLS promulgation in Ghana 

enthusiastically and without hesitation.

by Dr. John Kortbeek and 

Dr. Saud Al Turki

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ATLS in Chile 

Remains Strong

ATLS–France Holds 

Inaugural Course

France Is Now Part 

of the ATLS Family!

ATLS–Nigeria Holds 

Inaugural Course

Site Visit Takes 

Place in Accra

ATLS Coordinator Meeting 

to Take Place in October

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INTERNATIONAL

August 2010

Our ATLS coordinator meeting is nearly upon us, and 

we are requesting your help in creating an agenda! The 

opportunity to contribute to the coordinator meeting 

makes it one of our most interesting meetings yet.

Part of our role as coordinators is to provide leadership, 

and many obstructions can transpire in doing so. One 

of the first decisions we have to make is whether we 

tell coordinators what they want to hear or challenge 

them with what they need to hear. Should we air 

conflicting perspectives or just provide information?

The success of the meeting rests with us. We need 

to work together, and we need to have a plan!

As coordinators, you all come from a myriad of 

professional backgrounds. You all have ideas to 

offer for the meeting, whether they are aspects of 

course organization that you have found useful or 

literature in your area of practice. Have you:

… a story to tell? … a lesson to share? … 

an ATLS course you cannot forget?

For example:

Which ATLS course created the greatest challenge to your 

coordination expertise? How did you meet the challenge? 

What did you learn? Will the proposed 9th Edition have 

an impact on your current demographic of participants? 

How are you going to meet this challenge of change? What 

are the visions and strategies for professional recognition 

of the ATLS coordinator role? How do you motivate 

and retain coordinators? How can you take high quality 

coordinators and make them better? As a Coordinator, 

what are you doing right and how can you improve?

kindly submit topics of discussion to us as soon 

as possible so we can compile the program.

E-mail your suggestions now!

Lesley Dunstall 

ATLS–Australia National Coordinator



The ATLS Program office is scheduling a coordinator 

meeting during the annual international meeting 

at Clinical Congress on Saturday, October 2, 

2010, in Washington, DC. Mrs. Lesley Dunstall, 

National Coordinator for ATLS–Australia, will 

help us moderate the meeting this year. 

Coordinators should e-mail Jasmine Alkhatib at 

jalkhatib@facs.org with possible presentation 

topics for the meeting by September 1.

AtLs Coordinator meeting to take Place in october

P I C t u R e d : 

Lesley dunstall,  

AtLs–Australia National Coordinator.

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ATLS in Chile 

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ATLS–France Holds 

Inaugural Course

France Is Now Part 

of the ATLS Family!

ATLS–Nigeria Holds 

Inaugural Course

Site Visit Takes 

Place in Accra

ATLS Coordinator Meeting 

to Take Place in October

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August 2010

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) was founded 

in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice 

and to improve the care of the surgical patient. 

The College has worked to establish guidelines 

for the care of the trauma patient. The Advanced 

Trauma Life Support Course teaches a systematic, 

concise approach to the early care of the trauma 

patient. This course is vital to guiding care for the 

injured patient in emergency department trauma 

rooms. The course training provides a common 

language that can save lives in critical situations.

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ATLS Coordinator Meeting 

to Take Place in October

Site Visit Takes 

Place in Accra

ATLS–Nigeria Holds 

Inaugural Course

France Is Now Part 

of the ATLS Family!

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