Position Statement on the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course

AAEM recognizes the value of the ATLS curriculum for non-EM boarded physicians and other health care providers who need to be familiar with the principles of trauma care. However, AAEM believes that board certification in Emergency Medicine establishes expertise in trauma care beyond that which is taught in the ATLS course.

Therefore, ATLS should not be required of physicians board-certified in Emergency Medicine.


Approved: 2/19/98