Trauma Caucus

AASPA is proud to introduce the Trauma Caucus

The Trauma Caucus includes AASPA members practicing in trauma, acute care surgery, and surgical critical care.

The focus of the Trauma Caucus is to address current issues for physician assistants in trauma and acute care surgery and develop strong working relationships with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT), the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), the Western Trauma Association (WTA), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

The ATLS course teaches a systematic, concise approach to the initial management of the trauma patient. This course is vital to guiding care for the injured patient in emergency department trauma rooms. The course training provides a common language that can save lives in critical situations. Valid for 4 years.

Find an ATLS Course in your area
Other Trauma programs available: FACS


ATLS Cards and Cert

The main body of ATLS cards and certs are all the same. The borders have different colors for each professional designation. PA cards have a green border.

Fundamental Critical Care Support Course

A two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care.

Course Purpose

  • To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
  • Valid for 4 years

Course Objectives

  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient.
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient.
  • Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions.
  • Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer.

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Residency Opportunities

 University of Rochester Medical Center Crital Care Fellowship

  • Brenton LaRiccia PA-C, MS, MBA
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • 601 Elmwood Avenue
  • Rochester, NY 14642
  • Phone: 585-275-1577

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George Washington University Hospital Trauma/Critical Care

  • POC: Jonathan Messing, MSN, ACNP-BC
  • Education lead Amy Vota, PA-C - co-interim chief of Aps
  • George Washington University Hospital
  • 900 23rd Street NW
  • Washington, DC 20037
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University of Pennsylvania Critical Care Residency

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WakeMed Health and Hospitals

  • Level One Trauma Center
  • Physician Assistant Residency in Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery
  • 3024 New Bern Avenue
  • Raleigh, NC, 27610
  • Telephone: (919) 350-8729
  • Fax: (919) 350-7633
  • Email:

St. Luke's Hospital Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

  • Post Graduate Fellowship for Physician Assistants
  • 801 Ostrum St.
  • Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Phone: (610) 954-2207
  • Fax: (610) 954-2220
  • Program email address:
Program Director:
  • Laurie N. Wilson, PA-C
  • Phone: (610) 954-2207
  • Fax: (610) 954-2220
Assistant Program Director:
  • Mary Fran Lipinski, PA-C
  • Phone: (610) 954-2308
  • Fax: (610) 954-2220
  • Email:

Physician Assistants in Trauma references and articles

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Trauma Representative

Richard G. Winters, DHSc, PA-C

Richard Winters is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Master of Surgical Physician Assistant Studies program iand earned his Doctor of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. After graduation from UAB, he worked for more than five years at a Level I Trauma Center in UAB’s Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit. He currently works for EmCare - Acute Care Surgery in a Level II Trauma Center at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. He has multiple certifications, including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS). He is an active member of the Eastern Association of Surgery of Trauma (EAST), an associate member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a member of the AAPA and the TAPA. He has written for publication in and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He also currently serves on the Advanced Practice Practitioner Committee at the Medical Center of Plano. In addition, Richard is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas – Southwestern (UTSW) Physician Assistant program and has served as a guest lecturer, clinical preceptor and mentor for more than seven years.