PTS Newsletter
Summer, 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

It's hard to believe that the last weeks of summer are upon us! Kids are back in school, schedules are as crazy as ever, and all the sudden it feels like the days are getting shorter. I hope that your summer included some time for the things you enjoy most.

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  Make a donation to PTS

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

Preliminary Program

Registration is Now Available
Join the PTS to receive the discounted member rate!
Early Bird Deadline is Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
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Housing is Now Available
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 627-7600
Housing Cut-Off Date is Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Reserve Housing

Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) 2-day Provider Course
Texas Children's Hospital Simulation Center
Sunday and Monday, November 11-12, 2018
Physician: $925.00
Non-Physician (no credit): $175.00

TRIK Provider Course Registration
On Sunday and Monday November 11-12th, following the 2018 Annual Meeting, the PTS is offering a Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) Provider Course at Texas Children's Hospital Simulation Center in Houston, TX.

TRIK Registration

After successful completion of the TRIK Provider Course you will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between adult and child pathophysiology
  • Conduct a primary and secondary survey for pediatric trauma cases
  • Recognize, diagnose and manage common trauma-related pediatric injuries
  • Recognize and consider ethical issues related to pediatric trauma
  • Recognize and consider ethical issues related to pediatric trauma
  • Determine the appropriate steps to prepare for the transport of a pediatric trauma patient

The TRIK course is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program as defined by the RCPSC's MOC program. All participants who complete the 2-day course may claim a maximum of 13 hours and will receive a certificate of participation.

Through an agreement between the RCPSC and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert the credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. For more information, please visit

Non-physicians can collect CME as CEU's in the states where permitted.

Lisa Nichols, BSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Leadership Committee Chair Lisa Nichols, BSN, RN, CCRN
Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to grow, adding new members to our group regularly, as well as having active participation to our robust listserv. This year, we will again be holding an in-person meeting during the PTS conference in Houston, TX on Wednesday November 7th from 6-8pm, location TBD.

Education Committee Update
Francesca Bullaro, MD, Education Committee Chair Francesca Bullaro, MD
Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP, Education Committee Co-Chair Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP

The Education committee has worked hard to provide PTS members with the monthly Education Newsletter. The newsletter is distributed via email blasts and the PTS website, in addition to PTS Facebook and twitter accounts. Check out our reorganized education tab on the PTS website! We continue to add relevant and current links on the Continuing Education (CME/CNE) Tab. We hope you are enjoying all the exciting trauma education we are offering this year.

Francesca Bullaro, MD

Ann Bacevice, MD FAAP

Marc Auerbach, MD

The PTS Guidelines Committee is excited to begin discussions and collaborations with the Research Committee. Collaborations will involve identifying gaps in knowledge within Pediatric trauma that both committees could take on, from defining priorities to defining research needs to developing guidelines process. An in person meeting will take place during the Annual Meeting this fall!

Natalie L Yanchar, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Research Committee Chair Natalie L Yanchar, MD,
Gina M. Berg, PhD, MB, Research Committee Co-Chair Gina M. Berg, PhD, MB

Summer is here but no time to rest! There's of exciting activities happening with the PTS Research Committee. Thanks to the hard work of co-chair, Gina Berg, we now have a solid committee charter which acts as a scaffold for our activities based on 6 mandates...

Injury Prevention/Advocacy Committee
Jiabin Shen, PhD
Research Institute at Nationwide Children's

On behalf of the Pediatric Trauma Society, I'm writing to share with you the exciting news that the PTS has revived the Injury Prevention and Advocacy Committee, with the goal of facilitating collaboration and communication among injury prevention programs in the nation's trauma programs and centers. The committee had its first official phone conference and plans to meet during the annual meeting in November.

If you are interested in contributing to this committee, please email the PTS office.

Jiabin Shen, Injury Prevention/Advocacy Chair
In memory: Ed Kosnik, MD
by Jonathan I. Groner MD
PTS Past President

It is with great sadness that I announce to the PTS membership the passing of Columbus pediatric neurosurgeon Ed Kosnik MD. Dr. Kosnik was the first full time pediatric neurosurgeon at Columbus Children's Hospital (now Nationwide Children's Hospital) and he was a tremendous supporter of the pediatric Level 1 trauma program, which began during his tenure. Although Dr. Kosnik and I were in different specialties, he was a great mentor to me. He was a demanding and exacting surgeon, and he always put patient care at the top of his priorities. Although he retired practice in Columbus several years ago, it is not unusual for me to meet former patients, and they all speak fondly of him. PTS members who attended the 2017 meeting in Charleston may recall that Dr. Kosnik was in attendance as an honored guest. He and his wife raised 4 daughters who all work in health care, including PTS member Libby Infinger MD, who is a pediatric neurosurgeon at MUSC in Charleston.
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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.
PTS members Natalie Yanchar, Maricar Diaz, Marc Auerbach, and Jon Groner served as faculty for the first-ever TRIK course in the United States, which was held on June 19 and 20 at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. TRIK (trauma resuscitation in kids) is a 2-day simulation based pediatric resuscitation course developed by the royal college of physicians and surgeon in Canada.

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.

Pediatric Critical care and Trauma Scientist Development Program Deadlines:
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
2018 Southeastern Pediatric Trauma Conference
September 14, 2018
Guilford Technical Community College Conference Center
Colfax, NC
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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
Pediatric Trauma Conference
May 17, 2019
Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
APSA 2019 50th Anniversary Meeting
May 19-22, 2019
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts
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