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Welcome to the Pediatric Trauma Society
The PTS is a professional organization for all healthcare providers interested in improving outcomes for injured children through development of optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy. PTS is the product of the collaborative vision of many pediatric trauma healthcare providers from around the world. Filling a void, PTS is working toward becoming the resource for both pediatric and adult trauma care providers to improve pediatric trauma care regardless of where injured children are cared for.
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A message from PTS President, Dr. Michael Nance

PTS 8th Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining us for PTS 7th Annual Meeting! Registered attendees are able to claim your CME/CNE Credit within the PTS Virtual Meeting Portal. Additionally, recordings from the meeting are now available to registered attendees! Click the button below to claim credit and view sessions from the meeting.

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November 2, 2022
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, OR


As you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of creating the safest learning experience for our PTS Community, portions of the 2020 PTS Annual Meeting that was to take place in person November 4-7, 2020 in New Orleans, LA, were turned into a virtual learning format.

In an effort to continue to live and promote the PTS mission of improving outcomes for injured children through development of optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy the PTS brought to you a webinar series, PTS MEET (Monthly Education Experience on Trauma) from January – July 2021. To view the recorded webinars and webinar materials, please click the more information button below.

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Did You Miss the PTS LIVE Meeting?
Not to worry, we have you covered! You are able to register via the button below and have access to all of the session recordings and claim your CME or Nursing credit!
PTS On Demand Registration

Information and resources from the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS)

The CPTS website - - now has information and resources for healthcare staff and for families about managing the stress / psychological impact of COVID19. Check it out at:

Here's what you will find there


Downloadable tools:
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff
Slideset – for individuals or healthcare teams to learn coping and resilience building skills.

Secondary Traumatic Stress for Healthcare Professionals
Slideset – for individuals or healthcare teams to learn about secondary traumatic stress and how individuals and institutions can help address it.
Information on the impact of COVID19 on healthcare staff wellbeing, and on promoting coping and resilience.
Links to other useful resources


Downloadable tipsheets for parents in English and Spanish:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping My Child Cope
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cómo Ayudar A Mi Hijo A Sobrellevar La Situación
Information for parents on helping children cope, with special tips for families in which a child has existing health concerns.
Links to other useful resources.

In Memory of Dr. Joseph Tepas, III

On December 20, 2019, we lost a true "voice for the injured child." Throughout his long career, Joseph J. Tepas, III, MD committed his time and talents to addressing the number one killer of children – trauma. Following his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Tepas became head of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. In 1983, he joined the faculty of University of Florida - Jacksonville dedicating his life to the care of ill and injured children. "JJT" was instrumental in founding the pediatric trauma program in Jacksonville and was critical to the development of Florida's state trauma system and the first pediatric-specific trauma registry, the National Pediatric Trauma Registry. He was a surgeon dedicated to his patients who also understood the importance of evidence to inform decisions.

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Highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting
In this EAST Traumacast, Drs. Ian Mitchell, Alexander Gibbons, and Alejandra Casar Berazaluce present highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting. Great stuff on head injury risk calculation, whole blood and viscoelastic assays in pediatric resuscitation, Pediatric Trauma Research, and firearm violence prevention.
Highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting

PTS Guidelines HUB

The one-stop shop for pediatric trauma guidlines.

Byron D. Hughes MD, MPH, Nathaniel Kreykes, MD, Rosemary Nabaweesi, DrPH, Shannon Longshore, MD, Eric Sribnick, MD, John Petty, MD Read more

The Pediatric Trauma Society Educational Fund was established to support educational initiatives and awards related to the Annual Meeting.

Your contribution will be used to support:

  • The Joseph J. Tepas Best Presentation Award, awarded annually
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Trauma, awarded annually
  • Expenses related to the annual Keynote Speaker

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The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS) is the official publication of the Pediatric Trauma Society. All PTS members are eligible to receive the journal at a discounted price as long as your dues are current. The reduced rate of is based on a calendar year and you have the option of choosing a paper and electronic copy, or electronic only. To sign up for the discounted rate, please contact the AAST office at 800-789-4006 and state you are with the PTS and want the discounted rate for JTACS, (please have your PTS membership number handy). To continue to receive JTACS, you will need to contact AAST to renew your subscription starting in October of each year.

PTS Newsletter
Jeff Upperman
Terri Elsbernd

Interested in contributing to the Pediatric Trauma Society newsletter? Join Editor Jeff Upperman and other PTS members in creating a valuable resource for both pediatric and adult trauma care providers. Please contact the National Office for more information.

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