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


Vancouver General Hospital – please email to register. More information on lower mainland courses.

Royal Columbian Hospital – please email to register. RCH courses are hybrid (self-learning modules), Friday nights are on zoom, and Sat in person @ RCH. More information on lower mainland courses.

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.