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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.​

2022 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.

  • *** FULL *** November 21-22, 2022

  • November 22 Refresher course (Must meet course requirements)

2023 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.

  • *** FULL *** January 30-31, 2023

  • March 6-7, 2023

  • *** FULL *** March 7, 2023 Refresher Course **Must meet registration requirements**

  • April 17-18, 2023

  • May 29-30, 2023

  • May 30, 2023 Refresher Course **Must meet registration requirements**

  • June 19-20, 2023

  • November 27-28, 2023

  • November 28, 2023 Refresher Course **Must meet registration requirements**

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


2023 Provider Courses ​​– Fraser Health Authority

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. If you would like to register for a course, please email atlsfha@gmail.com. Refresher courses are usually run in conjunction with all sessions.

  • March 10-11, 2023

  • June 23-24, 2023

  • September 29-30, 2023

  • November 17-18, 2023

2023 Provider Courses ​​– Interior Health Authority

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held in the Interior Health Region. If you would like to register for a course, please email atlsbc.interior@gmail.com.

  • February 11-12, 2023 - Kelowna

  • May 8-9, 2023 - Kamloops

  • June 5-6, 2023 - Kelowna

2023 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.​

  • February 6-7

  • September 14-15

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​.​