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Definitive Surgical Trauma Care

The Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course was developed by the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) of the International Surgical Society. The Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills Course (DSTS) was developed independently by the Royal College of Surgeons of England with the Royal Defence Medical College and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the United States. There is a great deal of cooperation and overlap between the two courses and organisations.

"The DSTC is a course for surgeons, designed for the demanding and specific aspects of definitive surgical management of torso and head trauma. Life threatening surgical conditions are discussed in a decision making matrix and hands-on surgical expertise is obtained both in cadaver and live anaesthetised animal skill stations. The University of Witwatersrand Trauma Unit has a more detailed course breakdown and synopsis on their web site.

The parent organisation of DSTC, and the world's biggest trauma organisation outside of the United States is the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC). This is part of the International Society of Surgery, based in Basel in Switzerland. It was founded in 1988 and serves as a forum for Trauma Surgeons world-wide. It is developing a leading role in education, and besides being the owner of the DSTC course, has also instituted the National Trauma Management Course which is a course designed for developing (resource challenged countries) who cannot afford either the equipment required, nor the instructor student ratio, of more advanced courses. It was originally developed for Africa, but has now taken place several times on the Indian subcontinent as well. "

Prof. Ken Boffard
Johannesburg, South Africa

Further information can be obtained from the International IATSIC Administrator, Miss Cara Macnab.

t: +44 (0) 20 7679 4517

To add your course details to this web page please email We do not run or administer these courses! Contact the course centres directly for more information and application forms.

DSTC Course Centres:

Liverpool Hospital, Sydney
Director: Michael Sugrue


Charmaine Miranda
Department of Trauma
Liverpool Hospital
Locked Bag 7103
Liverpool BC NSW 1871

t: 02 9828 3928
f: 02 9828 3926

w: Liverpool Hospital Trauma Unit


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
at the University of Melbourne

Director: Peter Danne MD, BS, FRACS, FACS


Lyn Journeaux
Spring Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

t: 03 9276 7448
f: 03 9249 1298



Vancouver, Canada
Directors: Richard Simons



Dr. Richard Simons (DSTC)
Vancouver General Hospital
855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

t: (604) 875-4559
f: (604) 875-5348

t: (604) 822-7301
f: (604) 822-1727



Nijmegen, Netherlands
Prof. A. van Vught
M w.drs. M. Vaal

13-15 December, 2006

M. Vaal
University Medical Center
The Netherlands

t: +31 (0) 24 361 7050


New Zealand  

Director: Ian Civil


Lynn Tucker
Administrative Assistant
Trauma Services
Auckland Hospital
PO Box 92-024
New Zealand

t: +61 (0) 3 9342 7232
f: +61 (0) 3 9342 8247

w: Auckland Trauma Services



Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Director: Dr Chiu Ming Terk

19-20 April 2007

Karen Go Tsung Shyen
Trauma Co-ordinator
TTSH-NNI Trauma Centre,
c/o Department of General Surgery
Tan Tock Seng Hospital,
11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng,
Singapore 308433

t: +65-6357 7589
f: +65-6357 7809

w :

South Africa  

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Director: Ken Boffard


t: +27 11 488 3373
f: +27 11 488 4322

w : Johannesburg Trauma Unit - DSTC


Cape Town
Director: Tim Hardcastle

2-4 August 2006

e: Mariana Moss

United Kingdom  

Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS) course
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Director: Professor Jim Ryan

28-30th March 2007


Ruth Warne

t: 020 7869 6336

w: Royal College of Surgeons - DSTC