Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS)


President's Message

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, PTS President Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Rochester, MN
PTS President

Greetings from Minnesota in the winter! I am so pleased to have turned the page on 2020 and looking forward with anticipation to better times in 2021. No matter what awaits us in the remainder of the year I feel confident we will meet it head on and not only survive but flourish because of the lessons we have all learned in 2020. It is also comforting to know that some things do not change. In Minnesota we still have snow, cold temperatures, warm fires, and fun winter activities to enjoy. The other thing that hasn’t changed is the continued growth of the Pediatric Trauma Society. I thought I would highlight a few activities that epitomize the growth that I see.

  1. The trauma registry/quality Special Interest Group has approached the Board of Directors with a request to become an official PTS committee. The board has formed a task force to help delineate goals and future steps for this enthusiastic group.

  2. The program committee has met already to start planning for the 2021 annual meeting in Baltimore.

  3. The Board of Directors recently approved the PTS research grant as a year to year expense to help promote pediatric trauma research.

  4. The TPM mentoring program pilot is awaiting a 6-month evaluation to assess the process and streamline in order to expand to another discipline such as the APP group.

  5. Professional trauma organizations continue to contact PTS and want to partner with our organization on a variety of projects.

  6. The guidelines committee work on the HUB project continues to grow with collaboration from other groups.

This list is certainly not inclusive but is impressive none the less. This growth, simply stated, would not be possible without such a dedicated and strong multi-disciplinary membership. The number of hours that people donate to PTS is priceless and shows our overall commitment to the mission of PTS: Improving outcomes for injured children.

Thanks to everyone and stay strong!



Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD

Tell us a little about yourself
I am a father of two amazing teenagers, Sofia and Raj, and husband to the most supportive spouse imaginable, Dr. Neena Thomas-Gosain. I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs with a very close-knit extended family. I received my bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and my medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, where I also met my future wife. I started my residency at Mt Sinai Hospital in Chicago and then entered the research lab of Drs. Luisa DiPietro and Richard Gamelli at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois where I was an NIH Research Fellow in Burns and Trauma and received a PhD in Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy... More

PTS MEET Webinar Series (January-July 2021)

7th Annual Meeting

In efforts 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 will be bringing to you a webinar series, PTS MEET (Monthly Education Experience on Trauma) from January – July 2021.

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Upcoming webinars:

Thursday, March 11, 2021 Checking the Trauma Research Box and Beyond
Thursday, April 8, 2021 Successfully Publishing your Research: Scientific Paper Writing Do's and Don'ts and How to Target the Right Journal
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Anesthesiologist's Pitfalls and Pearls for Managing the Difficult Airway in Pediatric Trauma Patients
Thursday, June 10, 2021 Screening Tools in Pediatric Trauma
Thursday, July 8, 2021 TBD

Save the Date: PTS 7th Annual Meeting

7th Annual Meeting

November 3-6, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD


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

Make a donation to PTS

Starting in 2020
Donate $25.00, get a PTS pin
Donate $50.00, get a PTS t-shirt
Donate $65.00, get both pin and t-shirt
All items will be given out at the PTS Annual Meeting

Thank you to all of our supporters!


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PTS Member testimonials:

"Before the PTS, nothing quite like it existed. Like a child, we resemble our parent organizations. But as every parent knows, each kid is 100% unique. PTS is focused on a disease, not a profession. Everyone who cares for injured kids is welcome on the playground—nurses, doctors, therapists, scientists, EMTs—everyone. We are a young organization, still growing and developing. But, like kids, we are going to have fun when we get together. Come out and play." – John Petty, MD, Wake Forest, PTS Board of Directors

I joined PTS as my colleagues told me that the organization was just getting started and was vibrant and progressive. Since joining I have found PTS to be very collaborative amongst all disciplines and really is on the forefront of an active organization. I work at a Level I adult and pediatric trauma center as well as being a verified burn center. I really enjoy that PTS has both burn and trauma aspects and members that are able to share their diverse perspectives." – Mark Johnston, Regions Hospital, PTS Education Committee Member

"I joined PTS because it was a new organization, and fit a need for a new population. I love the ability to network, especially in person, at the annual meeting. I remember the first one and how packed it was in Chicago. I love volunteering on the committees because not only does it allow me to continue to keep up on research related to pediatric trauma, but also gives me the ability to connect and bounce things off of others across the country. Pediatric trauma is a relatively small community with a really big impact. I like being part of it and am hopeful that we will grow in our membership to include more in other specialties, child life, therapies, psychotherapy, etc." – Heidi Altamirano, Regions Hospital, PTS Education, APP and Membership Committee Member

"I still remember how excited I felt when I heard about the creation of a new professional organization geared at pediatric trauma care. I had long wanted to go to a national meeting where pediatric trauma was the focus instead of an afterthought. After the first PTS meeting I was hooked and knew I wanted to be involved. I volunteered and today am so privileged to serve as President of this amazing organization." – Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, Mayo Clinic, PTS President

As always, please make sure your dues are up to date. 2021 renewal has been sent. Please log into your members account to update your dues and any other information.

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Introducing the PTS Guidelines Hub – a one stop shop for pediatric trauma guidelines

PTS Guidelines Hub

The PTS Guidelines HUB, created by volunteer members of the Pediatric Trauma Society is a new, one stop shop for a quick reference to Pediatric Trauma Guidelines. Our members have reviewed up to date pertinent guidelines and made summaries, visual abstract, podcasts and other material for your use!

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Research Committee

PTS Research Grant
The PTS Research Grant is an opportunity to promote basic, translational, and/or clinical investigation by the PTS membership. It is intended to support early-stage investigators at the Assistant or Associate professor level, in order to aid in generating data supporting future applications for extramural funding.

Apply Today
Applications are due at 5:00 pm CDT June 1, 2021.

Submit a Research Survey
In an effort to encourage submissions and engage the membership, an anonymous Member of the PTS has generously volunteered to fund the first 5 surveys submitted. Please note, requests may not be met immediately and all submissions are still subject to review.

Distribution of research surveys/questionnaires to health care professionals is an effective method to explore practice patterns, knowledge, etc. Submit your Research Survey for consideration of being distributed to the Pediatric Trauma Society Members! The PTS Research Committee will:

  1. Solicit ideas for pediatric trauma focused surveys
  2. Collaborate with membership committee to provide principle investigator a list of target survey recipients and contact information
  3. Provide some level of review for surveys intended for PTS members at large
  4. Provide some language to principle investigator for endorsement by PTS research committee for Society distribution

Please note: the Research Committee provides these actions as a guide and this does not indicate that the committee will develop the surveys, distribute the surveys, monitor progress, nor collect or analyze the data.

There will be a fee ($300) for surveys that are endorsed/hosted by committee. The cost for the first 10 surveys submitted are covered under an anonymous donation.

Submit your Survey

Special Interest Groups


Are you interested in:

  • Sharing best practices around children and disasters
  • Collaborating on research products
  • Learning about the most current evidence-based practices
  • Participate in education and training

If so, please click here email: to be added to our listserv.

The Psychology SIG will meet quarterly on the first Wednesday of the Month at 2:00PM EST – for 2021 meetings will be on February 3, May 5, and August 4 and then in person at the Annual Meeting in November. To join this group, please email

More to come soon from other special interest groups. Please check back or email for more information.

Member achievements and highlights

Submitted by Francesca Bullaro:

I have been acting as a representative for PTS on a wonderful initiative led by Dr. Marc Aurbach, which provides a free online Emergency Medicine pediatric simulation curriculum. These simulation cases have been peer reviewed and there are a few trauma specific cases integrated into the curriculum. I had the fortunate opportunity to author the Child Abuse case. A great and useful resource for anyone interested!

More Information


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

Please visit the PTS Calendar of Event for a list of upcoming conferences and webinars of interest!

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Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) course
March 5-6, 2021
Carilion Clinic Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety
Roanoke, Virginia
View flyer
March 6-7, 2021
The Union League of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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CT Trauma
March 19-20, 2021
Foxwoods, Resort Casino
Ledyard Connecticut
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STN Annual Conference
April 1-3, 2021
Atlanta, GA
6th Annual Injury Prevention Professional Symposium
May 3-4, 2021
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA
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TCAA Annual Conference
May 4-6, 2021
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA
5th Annual Pediatric Trauma Conference
May 15, 2021
The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2021 Western Pediatric Trauma Conference
July 15-17, 2021
Pasea Hotel and Spa
Huntington Beach, California
PTS 7th Annual Meeting
November 3-6, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD

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