Association of Trauma & Military Surgery

The ATMS is a speciality association of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland [ASGBI].

The Association’s Annual Scientific Conference, ATMS 2018, will be hosted at Merville Barracks, Colchester on Thursday 15th November.

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Trauma care is the sine qua non of military medical practice and substantial advances in the care of the injured patient have been made in recent conflicts. The clinical outcomes from Bastion Hospital demonstrated incremental improvements in survival, year on year: “….the results achieved in the management of the injured soldier in the current conflicts are the best ever reported… this is a truly remarkable achievement….” Mr John Black, President, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2009.

The experience of military care providers from 2001 to 2014 taught us that cooperation and collaboration can deliver dramatic improvements in outcome for our patients. The Association of Trauma & Military Surgery was founded in 2012, in order to provide an academic forum for military surgery in all its diverse specialities. ATMS aims to demonstrate that the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts and that the lessons of recent years can be retained and indeed improved upon even as our profession enters an interbellum period of contingency and peacekeeping operations.

ATMS aims to provide leadership in the surgical aspects of military trauma care in the UK. As surgical specialism further develops within the United Kingdom, and training pathways become shorter and more tightly focused, it is incumbent on us to define the training needs for military surgeons and represent Defence at the highest level within our profession.

The involvement of both Regular and Reservist military providers in ATMS allows for a reciprocal sharing of best practice between military and civilian trauma care providers and offers development opportunities for professional networking, research and collaboration. The ATMS scientific meeting offers a high profile forum to present novel work and receive professional updates of the highest quality; in addition, ATMS provides a focus for collaboration for our allies in Defence Medical Services across the globe as we rise to face the challenges of the 21st Century.