Trauma Team Training: Multidisciplinary Training for Trauma Management

Publication ID Published Volume
8267 March 24, 2011 7


Effective health care delivery provided by trauma teams can be enhanced through teaching and training the multidisciplinary team members the essential elements of crisis resource management. This educational unit has been created and implemented to bring together multidisciplinary teams consisting of emergency medicine and surgery residents, nurses, patient care assistants and medical students. The materials presented and the simulation scenarios enclosed are to highlight and teach role clarity, effective communication, resource management and utilization and global assessment.

We originally implemented a trauma team training five years ago that was focused on the resident learners and supported the central elements of ATLS. In 2009 we put the program on hold, conducted a needs assessment and rewrote the curriculum to be focused on the entire team training and CRM principles. To this date, we have trained seven teams with 34 learners.


Szyld D, Peyre S, Cooper Z, Miller D, Michaud Y, Raja A. Trauma team training: multidisciplinary training for trauma management. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8267.

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe characteristics of effective leadership strategies during trauma assessment.
  2. To demonstrate appropriate followership strategies including listening, summarizing orders, providing and initiating data gathering for the leader.
  3. To demonstrate effective communication skills such as closed loop communication, summarizing patient status and next steps.
  4. To describe and participate in an ongoing process of global assessment where the entire team is involved with treating the patient and avoiding fixation error.
  5. Will utilize appropriate support and resources in terms of other health care team members, equipment, hospital services, etc.


  • Trauma Team Training, Crisis Resource Management, Cooperative Behavior, Wounds and Injuries

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