Definitive Surgical Trauma Care® (DSTC®) Course

The Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC®) Course aims at training surgeons involved with the care of multiply injured patients.  It combines lecture-based learning and case discussions with demonstrated and practiced surgical skills practicum.  It focuses on the following key areas:

  • Assessment of the probabilities of organ injury
  • Technical surgical strategies
  • Decision-making in trauma surgery
  • Group discussions drawing on the experiences of faculty members
  • Practical sessions for skill training

The DSTC® Course is under the patronage and supervision of The International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC).  The latter is one of the founding components of the Société International de Chirugie (International Surgical Society or ISS). By the end of 2009, more than 150 courses have been conducted in over 20 countries.  The DSTC® Course is designed by surgeons for surgeons and surgical trainees.  It is not an advanced version of the ATLS®; instead, its primary goal is to enhance the acquisition of technical skills applicable to acute and intensive care for major trauma.  It also serves to update participants on the latest trends and development in the field of Trauma Care. In line with the multidisciplinary approach in modern trauma care, both anaesthesiologists and operating room scrub nurses are also integral members of the DSTC®Team.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student will have received training to allow:

  • Enhanced knowledge of the surgical physiology of the trauma patient
  • Enhanced surgical decision-making in trauma
  • Enhanced surgical techniques in the management of major trauma
  • An improved awareness of the treatment possibilities in major trauma and their evidence base.
Teaching Media



Laboratory Block
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong
21 Sassoon Road
Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Number of Participants

16 per course

Course Fee


Eligible Applicants

All participants must be Licensed Medical Practitioners, and should be actively involved in trauma care. Prior successful completion of the ATLS Provider Course is highly desirable.

Course Manual

The Course Manual will be provided to enrolled participants four weeks before the course.


No accommodation is provided.

Traveling VISA

Overseas candidates must ensure that they have obtained a valid VISA to visit Hong Kong.


To be announced

Course Schedule

Course Schedule

How to apply

1. Use a paper application form

2. Use the online form below

Online Application Form


First Name*


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Business Address

Postal Address*

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University Degree and Date*

Highest Surgical Examination*

Date Passed*

Date ATLS® Successfully Completed*

Summary of Experience Over Last Three Years

Internship performed at*

Current appointment*

Reasons for DSTC® Application*

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 (Required) 1. I declare all information provided in this application form and the attached documents (if any) are, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and complete.

 (Required) 2. I consent to follow the Rules and Regulations of the Centre once I enrol on the Course.

 (Optional) 3. I consent to allow my name and relevant information, including country, specialty, affiliated hospital and dates of course completed, to be published on the website of the CHKC-ACS ( after successful completion of the course.


1. Successful applicants will be informed individually and should reply on or before the deadline as specified if they accept the offer. Failure to reply before the deadline will result in cancellation of the admission offer. The enrolled space will then be released to another applicant. Places on the course are non-transferable.

2. Applicants not being contacted 4 weeks before the course commencement should consider their applications being placed on the waiting list.

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