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Following its successful launch at the 2018 Annual Meeting, the TCAA is once again offering the Post Traumatic Mental Health Workshop. This four-hour workshop will focus on the mental health problems and hidden wounds facing trauma patients and their families, such as PTSD and depression. It will also introduce centers to current solutions for dealing with these challenges.  The workshop will provide participants with the latest science informing care in this area along with the tools and knowledge needed to establish a program at their trauma center. The program will be provided by faculty from nationally recognized trauma centers with experience and expertise in this area.



*******New Educational Offering******* TCAA is excited to offer Dynamic Leadership Team: A Journey to Success, a newly developed interactive course based on suggestions from our members. The course is led by experienced, dedicated faculty who will build upon the unique working relationship between the Trauma Medical Director and the Trauma Program Manager. Join us in covering a rich curriculum of pertinent topics such as overcoming barriers in day to day operations, exploring human resource principles, growing your trauma program and team members, dissecting program finances, and understanding the importance of creating a strategic plan. The goal of this course is for the trauma leadership team to attend together and engage in practical activities. Take these workable leadership solutions home with you to use at your level I-IV trauma centers. To attend the course, you must come as a team. A minimum of two participants from your organization are required to attend. One attendee must be a TMD. You may participate as either a core dyad team: TPM & TMD, or triad team: TPM, TMD, Director of Trauma or Pediatric TPM. 

The medical leadership skills needed in today's trauma centers are best gained by sharing the experiences of others. This course is targeted to current and aspiring trauma medical directors who want to learn how to improve operations in their trauma center and exert control over their trauma surgical practices. The Faculty will deliver core principles for the leadership and business skills needed to succeed in our challenging healthcare climate. Participants will enjoy a collaborative and case-based learning environment. Each participant will leave with readily employable tactics to improve efficiency, fiscal performance and clinical management in their program. Practical and immediately usable solutions to common problems experienced by all directors of Level I, II, III and IV trauma centers will be the outcome of this course.

In response to enthusiastic demand and to supplement the existing and highly successful Trauma Medical Director Course, the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) launched the TCAA Advanced Medical Director course in 2017. Led by an experienced and dedicated faculty, the course curriculum will include selected areas of hospital and professional finances, performance improvement, team management and leadership. The teaching style will emphasize selected readings, case discussions and adequate time for detailed discussion of all topics. Participants will be invited to submit case studies for group analysis and discussion. Completion of the existing TCAA Medical Director course is a prerequisite OR demonstration of equivalent in expertise & experience at the discretion of the course director. Space is limited - register early!

If you don’t speak the language of finance and business planning, you are not enjoying the empowerment you deserve. The course will assist healthcare providers in becoming familiar with costs, codes and charges related to trauma center reimbursement and the capability to develop and sustain a trauma program. We offer both basic and advanced finance and economic principles. Lectures feature reality-based trauma program cases and essential steps in business planning. Upon completion, you will be able to apply the lessons learned in the in-depth didactic sessions. Target audience includes: TPM, Finance Team Members, Trauma Service Line Directors and Trauma Medical Directors. Space is limited - register early!

The concept of Trauma University stems from several ideas and concepts contributed by TCAA’s members. This course is designed to provide practitioners with four hours of live clinical education. This years topics will include: Utilization of Blood Products, OB & Trauma, and Peds Resuscitation.


Are you a Trauma Registrar ready to take the next step in your career? Are you preparing to take your CSTR exam? How about a TMD, TPM or PI coordinator needing a better understanding of trauma scores and statistics? The Trauma Advanced Registrar Prep Program (TARP) is designed to provide the experienced registrar and trauma program staff with challenges for professional development. Whether this is for preparation for the CSTR exam or to simply expand critical thinking, the TARP course has you “covered”. TARP focuses on the following core areas: Data Management, Report Writing, Conditions of Injury, Trauma Coding and Scoring Concepts, and Registry Issues. These principles, as well as critical thinking, make the TARP course unique. All authors & faculty members are regional, state, or national leaders working in all levels of Trauma and TQIP centers with varying backgrounds including AHIMA, Nursing, Health Services Administration, Psychology, Health Information Technology, and most importantly CSTRs and CAISS.

TCAA is pleased to give back to our members by providing scholarships to 20 trauma leaders to become certified as A Matter of Balance master trainer. Admission into this course is based upon a scholarship application, submission and acceptance. A Matter of Balance is a nationally disseminated evidence-based intervention program for older adults designed to reduce and stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among older adults. Through a lay-leader model, master trainers train coaches to implement the 8-week course in the community. The program has been shown to improve falls management, level of exercise and social activity as older adults learn from and help each other deal with the shared problem of fear of falling. By providing this two-day training, TCAA will be able to help trauma centers of all levels impact their communities. For additional information and to view/download the application, please visit this page on our website.

The ATS Trauma Program Manager Course (TPMC), designed by expert Trauma Program Managers throughout the country, is a two-day, interactive course providing Trauma Program Managers, members of the trauma program, and those interested in joining the field with the core concepts of building a comprehensive trauma program. This course is recognized throughout the trauma community as the premier course for learning the role and importance of the Trauma Program Manager as well as the role of other essential members of a trauma program. Each course is taught by seasoned Trauma Program Managers who bring years of experience and expertise to the program’s success.

The STN TOPIC course is taught to all members of the trauma system team who participate in the on-going assessment, evaluation and improvement of trauma care. The Society of Trauma Nurses has developed the “Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course” in response to the need for education and better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care. TOPIC focuses on the on-going assessment of the continuum of trauma care with a structured review of process and discussions of strategies to monitor trauma patient outcomes. The TOPIC course is taught in a one-day interactive Modular Format, customized to best meet the needs of the individual trauma care provider participants who have varying levels of experience with trauma performance improvement. The course offers practical application for all level of trauma centers, from entry level to mature phase of program development. The Modules are taught with a focus on didactic, operational definitions, sample tools, case study examples and take-home points. 

Join hospital Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) professionals from across the nation for the 5th Annual Injury Prevention Professionals Symposium emphasizing professional development, focused education and peer networking. This year’s symposium takes a practical approach to the work of hospital IVP professionals through an interactive format immersing participants in some of the most pressing issues and innovative strategies for injury and violence prevention. Topics include: core competencies for injury and violence prevention professionals, evidence-based practice for prevention, multi-level injury surveillance, practical tips for intervention implementation, and application of the Standards and Indicators for model hospital-based injury and violence prevention programs delivered in a half-day workshop led by Safe States Alliance. The Injury Prevention Professionals Symposium is sponsored by the Trauma Prevention Coalition (TPC), a collaboration of thirteen national trauma, healthcare, emergency medicine and prevention organizations dedicated to the support and development of effective strategies for injury and violence prevention. The American Trauma Society (ATS) serves the TPC leading the coordination of the IVP Symposium program.

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