Trauma Team Training: Multidisciplinary Training for Trauma Management

Format Publication ID Version Published
Reference 8267 1 March 24, 2011
Harvard Medical School


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.


Szyld D, Peyre S, Cooper Z, Miller D, Michaud Y, Raja A. Trauma Team Training: Multidisciplinary Training for Trauma Management. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from:

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 (MeSH), Wounds and Injuries (MeSH)


  • Medical
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Surgery-General

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Quality Improvement

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Simulation

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