Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Advanced 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.

Learning Objectives

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


  • Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
  • Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  • Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capacity
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient’s inter-hospital transfer (who, what, when, and how)
  • Assure that optimum care is provided and maintained throughout the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer processes

Target audience

Physicians practicing emergency care


For courses held at Vancouver General Hospital please email to register.

For courses held in New Westminster please email to register.

For more information on lower mainland courses visit

For additional course listings in British Columbia, please visit the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) website, or click here to access a PDF of the courses available from January through November 2019. To access a list of the ATLS Coordinators located in Canada, please click here.