orthotraumaPa Posted November 8, 2015 Share Posted November 8, 2015 I would be interested in the experience of other PA's who have taken ATLS. I have taken and passed ACLS twice in the past with no problems. However, I took the ATLS course last week and found it much different. For those unfamiliar, it is a two day ( 12 hour days ) course which includes lectures and "skill stations". These include intubation, CT insertion, XR intrepretation, etc. The second continues with some teaching but is mostly taken up with testing. Again, my first experience but I found the teaching to be rather basic and repetitive. Skill stations are ok but there only so much you can accomplish on a trauma simulator. The testing includes a trauma simulation which you, the test-taker, must manage from beginning to end. This is followed by a written test. So here is my point. The trauma scenario seems to really stress people, there were people in my group, including MD's, who were almost wetting themselves. I breezed through that part, it was actually pretty easy. The test however, is not easy. 80% is minimum to pass, I scored 70%. Don't want to sound like I am rationalizing but I found the test to be unreasonably difficult. I have taken alot of exams including 4 PANRE recerts, this was the hardest exam I have ever had. It was a very discouraging experience. Two very stressful days and in the last hour you walk out somewhat defeated. The material as taught was certainly not at a level demanded by the wrtten test. Passing was not required for my job but I came away feeling defeated and with the vague feeling that it wasn't quite fair. Thoughts? Tip to future tatkers of ATLS; you MUST read the entire text book prior to the course. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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