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This document outlines the core curriculum of the PFET Program in Trauma Surgery. Currently, the program is available to fellows who have completed the Surgical Education & Training (SET) Program in General Surgery only. It is anticipated that approval will be sought for inclusion of Orthopaedic and Vascular fellows in due course.

The curriculum requirements outlined below are therefore applicable to surgeons who have completed General, Orthopaedic, or Vascular surgical training. It is intended that the PFET Program in Trauma Surgery will build on the trauma component of the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program of each of these specialties.

The objective of the PFET Program in Trauma Surgery is to train surgeons to a standard where they are regarded as specialists in the surgical care of the severely injured. It is expected that the surgeon who has successfully completed the PFET Program in Trauma Surgery is able to receive and resuscitate a severely injured patient, perform time-critical resuscitative surgical procedures, deliver definitive surgical and perioperative care relevant to their primary surgical specialty, and to coordinate and facilitate the surgical and perioperative care relevant to other surgical specialties as required.

This curriculum module is divided into the following sections, outlining clinical assessment, investigations, and principles of management for the following:

  • Initial Trauma Management: Resuscitative Phase - ED
  • Ongoing ICU Management: Definitive care phase
  • Daily Ward Management: Definitive care phase
  • Daily Ward Management: ward and rehabilitation
  • Skin/Soft Tissues
  • Head/Brain
  • Face/Neck
  • Spine
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Extremities
  • Vascular Injury

Recommended Reading

The following texts are recommended:

  1. American College of Surgeons (2018). ATLS: Advanced Trauma Life Support (Student Course Manual), 10th edition. ISBN: 78-0-9968262-3-5.
  2. Boffard, K.D. (2015). Manual of Definitive Surgical Trauma Care, 4th edition. CRC Press. ISBN 9781498714877.
  3. Brain Trauma Foundation (2016). Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, 4th edition.

Trainees are expected to keep abreast of the current literature, including textbooks, journal articles, consensus guidelines, and other on-line resources.