PTS Newsletter
Spring, 2018

Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Terri Elsbernd
Mayo Clinic Hospital

Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN
Director, Trauma Services
St. Vincent Evansville
PTS President

Happy Spring! FINALLY there is sunshine. I am a firm believer that spring is Mother Nature's way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration! It's also a great opportunity to take a step back and do that personal inventory that we all need to do every now and then... a self-check if you will.

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

View the List of Donors

5th Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 2017, Charleston Marriott, South Carolina

5th Annual Meeting
November 8-10, 2018
Royal Sonesta
Houston, Texas

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD
Jose Prince, MD

The Program Committee is excited about our upcoming annual meeting in Houston, TX. Highlights of the program for this year include...

Lisa Nichols, BSN, RN, CCRN
Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to grow, adding new members to our group regularly, as well as active participants to our robust listserv. We have continued to host our bi-monthly meetings via teleconference. During the meeting held in March a sub-committee was formed to pursue the development of a Mentorship Program for nursing trauma leaders of PTS.

Francesca Bullaro, MD
Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP

We hope our members are enjoying our *NEW* PTS Educational newsletter! The monthly newsletter has been distributed via email blasts, Facebook and twitter.

Marc Auerbach, MD

The PTS guidelines committee aims to develop and disseminate evidence-based information related to pediatric trauma care in order to improve health outcomes.

Natalie L Yanchar, MD,
Pediatric General Surgery
Alberta Children's Hospital
Gina M. Berg, PhD, MB
Director, Trauma Research
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS

The PTS Research Committee has recently reconstructed and approved a new committee charter. The newly approved vision statement reads as, "All pediatric trauma patients will receive the optimal level of care using evidence-based treatment". Our mission is to "support and facilitate research within the PTS research community". To that end, the committee has developed six primary objectives.

Mauricio Escobar, Jr., MD, FACS

I recently read an interesting article about how average people would react if they saw what a trauma surgeon sees every day.

As the chief of trauma at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Tacoma, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of a high-velocity bullet on a human body on a child's body. It will stay with me for the rest of my life.

And sadly, violence begets violence. I recall having to tell a family their teenager had died following a shooting. I could not save him. The overwhelming grief turned to thoughts of vengeance.
On March 2, 2018, Pediatric Trauma Society Past President Jonathan I. Groner spoke in front of a crowd estimated at greater than 5000 people at the "March for our Lives" rally in Columbus, Ohio. The rally and protest march was organized by students at The Ohio State University and local high schools, and Dr. Groner was honored to be one of the few non-students invited to speak.

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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 $96 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.
The Pediatric Trauma Society is offering educational grants for participation in the upcoming Trauma Resuscitation in Kids Course at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH.

The PTS will support $500.00 (each) for PTS members to attend the course. Full registration cost is $1,100.00, and therefore will receive registration at $600.00. Open seats are limited and please note, this registration is for students only, those who have already participated in a one-day Train the Trainer Course are excluded.

To register, or for more information, please contact the PTS Administrative Office (978) 927-8330 or

Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK)

July 19-20, 2018
Nationwide Children's Hospital | Simulation Lab
255 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

Limited seats are available for this intensive two-day course developed by an experienced team of pediatric trauma experts. Simulated trauma cases are provided for hands-on experience in a safe and experiential learning environment. This course focuses on the initial assessment and resuscitation of injured children and provides an interactive approach to identifying and managing life threatening injuries in pediatric patients.

Topics include: head injury, airway management, upper body injuries, abdominal trauma imaging interpretation, and more.

This course is credited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in partnership with the Pediatric Trauma Society and is intended for the pediatric surgeons, general surgeons, critical care physicians and emergency medicine physicians.

CME Credit
The TRIK course was approved by University of Ottawa's Office of Continuing Professional Development for a maximum of 13.0 hours. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at For more information regarding the course format, learning objectives, etc. Please visit

To register, visit

Nationwide Childrens

The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is a national faculty training for pediatric critical care physicians and trauma surgeons. The goal of the PCCTSDP is to increase the number of highly trained, successfully funded, and sustainable pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma physician scientists who will do research to enhance the scientific understanding, clinical management, and long term outcome of critical illness and trauma in children. The PCCTSDP is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch.

Application deadline is October 1, 2018
Applicants must attend the PCCTSDP, Research Retreat in Deer Valley, Utah,
November 1-4th, 2018, as part of the application process.

Educational Resources
Global Symposium of Innovation in Trauma Research Methods
June 12-13, 2018
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio
Trauma Resuscitation in Kids
July 19-20, 2018
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Simulation Lab
Columbus, Ohio
PTS 2018 Annual Meeting
November 8-10, 2018
Royal Sonesta
Houston, Texas
EAST Annual Scientific Assembly
January 15-19, 2019
JW Marriott Austin
Austin, Texas
APSA 2019 50th Anniversary Meeting
May 19-22, 2019
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts
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