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Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course® (DSTC)


The DSTC Course is exclusively for Surgeons. DSTC has developed in many continents under the umbrella of IATSIC – International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care. IATSIC is part of the International Society of Surgery and, since 1991, has become an international forum for trauma surgery.

This course has been developed for qualified surgeons with trauma as an integral (although possibly infrequent) part of their practice and designed to assist in decision-making and operative approach relating to serious trauma. DSTC is a response to the lack of written material and teaching on strategic issues of resuscitation, early definitive care, and surgical priorities. It assumes all of the ATLS® principles and builds on them.

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Participant feedback: 

"I am super happy that I took the DSTC course as it came handy literally within a week after taking it. I knew exactly what to do and how to do it and it made a great difference in the patient outcome. 

It also gave the nurses a great confidence in our services that we provide and it brought them immense joy to know that despite the fact that we are in one of the most isolated spots in Canada, we are up to date on the latest inpatient management when it came to trauma."

Dr. Mike Saba

Iqaluit, Nunavut