Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS)


President's Message

Randall Burd, MD, PTS President Randall Burd, MD
Chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC
PTS President

Advocacy Workgroup
Advocacy is an essential area in which we can continue our mission to be the "Voice of the Injured Child." The Board would like to develop a plan for expanding our work in this area. We are recruiting interested members for participation in a workgroup focused on developing a strategic plan for future advocacy work. The tasks of this workgroup may include: identifying short- and long-term advocacy goals, identification of priority topics for advocacy, development of partnerships with other organizations, and development of legislative relationships. The workgroup will make recommendations to the Board in these and related areas. If you are interested in participating, please contact PTS Senior Administrator Katie Pelton. Include a very brief description of your background relevant to advocacy and the reasons for your interest in serving on the workgroup.


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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PTS 6th Annual Meeting

6th Annual Meeting, November 13-16, 2019, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California

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Submited by PTS Member, Regan Williams, MD

The Trauma committee of APSA recently updated the Solid Organ Injury guidelines to reflect advances in the management of blunt liver and spleen injuries in children. The original guidelines were presented in 1999 and standardized the care of children with these injuries. We hope the updated guidelines may be used at adult, combined and pediatric trauma centers to provide uniform care. The guidelines were presented at the 2019 American Pediatric Surgical Association annual meeting in May.

*NEW* Membership Corner

brought to you by the Membership Committee

Feature: Annual Meeting

One of the most valuable benefits of your membership with our organization is the discount you receive when you attend our annual conference. Please join us this year in beautiful San Diego, California for a few days filled with networking , pediatric trauma best practice, research, injury prevention, great food and sun (well, hopefully sun). The conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues who are like minded and engaged in the care of pediatric trauma patients to improve outcomes, to ensure the safest and highest quality of care for patients and families, and to work together in injury prevention initiatives.

Visit our annual meeting website for the most up to date information on the program, housing, exhibitors, and registration.

We sincerely hope that you will join us and become even more engaged. Together we will continue to lead the way of pediatric trauma care!

Member Spotlight:

Ian Mitchell, MD, Chair

Jeff Upperman, MD, FACS named Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University (“VU”) and as Surgeon-in-Chief of the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC
Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to thrive and maintain a robust listserv with active discussions amongst its members. The group continues to have bi-monthly conference calls, and looks forward to the in person meeting scheduled at this year's annual conference in San Diego, CA... More

Education Committee Update

Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP, Education Committee Chair Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP
Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN, Education Committee Co-chair Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN

The Education Committee is continuing to publish the monthly newsletter with case reports and journal scans. Watch you email this month for a special newsletter regarding pediatric firearm injuries. We've also been collaborating with EAST and have had one pediatric specific "East Minute" published. The group is also working on organizing an Early Risers session on trauma video review.


Ian Mitchell, MD, Chair Ian Mitchell, MD

It's been a busy summer for the guidelines team, with lots of output while trying to get some time off for all as well! Our Pediatric Renal Trauma Guideline collaboration with EAST was published this spring, and two versions of the accompanying visual abstract were sent out on Social Media. Claire Gerall's work made it onto our Twitter feed, EAST's feed and the Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery, broadening our audience. Our first pediatric trauma podcast in collaboration with EAST is in production phase after technical glitches marred the first attempt. More

Injury Prevention/Advocacy Committee

Cindy Colson, CPNP, Injury Prevention, Advocacy Committee Chair Cindy Colson
Children's National Health System

The Injury Prevention Committee of the PTS is proud to be facilitating 2 sessions of Stop the Bleed-Train the Trainer at the upcoming meeting in San Diego, California! Stay tuned!! Space is limited and separate registration will open soon!

Stop the Bleed-Train the Trainer
As active healthcare providers, we spend a great deal of time educating our peers. Breaking medical information down for the public is trickier than one would think. Come join us and not only take the class, but get tips and tricks on how to effectively teach the public these life-saving tools!

Advanced Practice Provider Committee

Dana Noffsinger, CPNP, Education Committee Chair Dana Noffsinger, CPNP
Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP, Education Committee Co-chair Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP

*Did you know? The PTS offers an Advanced Practice Provider listserv! Join the committee to take advantage of this great benefit. Post any questions or discussion topics and receive feedback from over 40 (and growing!!) members of the committee!


Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) Course

Nemours Institute for Clinical Excellence of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Pediatric Trauma Society is proud to present the Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) Course. More

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.

Educational Resources

Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) Course
October 17-18, 2019
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Washington, Delaware
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PTS 6th Annual Meeting
November 13-16, 2019
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, California
Cooper University Health Care
December 6, 2019
Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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EAST Annual Scientific Assembly
January 14-18, 2020
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Orlando, Florida

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