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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

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Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is an international course that teaches participants the basic skills necessary for timely management of traumatic injury.

Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is an international course that teaches participants the basic skills necessary for timely management of traumatic injury.

The course includes didactic and practical sessions.

Please visit this link for more information on the Trauma Guidelines for ATLS Course Directors and Participants due to COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to identify injuries associated with major trauma, management of skills required for early resuscitation, and treatment of injured patients.

The ATLS® course provides its participants with a safe and reliable method for the immediate treatment of injured patients and the basic knowledge necessary to:

  1. Assess a patient’s condition rapidly and accurately.

  2. Resuscitate and stabilize patients according to priority.

  3. Determine whether a patient’s needs exceed a facility’s resources and/or a doctor’s capabilities.

  4. Arrange appropriately for a patient’s interhospital or intrahospital transfer (what, who, when, and how).

  5. Ensure that optimal care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer processes.

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.​

2024 Provider Courses – Vancouver Coa​stal Health

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.

  • June 17-18, 2024 *** FULL ***

  • November 4-5, 2024

  • Refresher courses may be run in conjunction with the above dates. Please contact the course coordinator for inquiries.​

2024 Provider Courses – Island Health

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held on Vancouver Island. If you would like to register for a course, please contact them directly at ATLS@islandhealth.ca

  • April 6-7, 2024 in Nanaimo

  • September 21-22, 2024 in Victoria

  • November 23-24, 2024 in Campbell River


2024 ATLS Instructor Courses – Vanco​uver Coastal Health

If you have interest in becoming an ATLS Instructor, please contact the the VGH course coordinator at glen.purcell@vch.ca. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.​

  • January 22-23, 2024

  • September 9-10, 2024

2025 Provider Courses – Vancouver Coa​stal Health

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.

  • January 20-21, 2025

  • February 25-26, 2025

  • April 14-15, 2025

  • May 12-13, 2025 ​

  • June 9-10, 2025 ​

  • Refresher courses may be run in conjunction with the above dates. Please contact the course coordinator for inquiries.​


For additional course listings in British Columbia, please visit the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) website. To access a list of the ATLS Coordinators located in Canada, please click here​.​