Since 2011, ANZAST has hosted four skills-based workshops:
- RACS ASC 2011: Trauma Verification Workshop. Adelaide.
- National Trauma Research institute (NTRI) Scientific Meeting 2012: The Contemporary Management of Spine Trauma for the Non-Spine Surgeon. Melbourne.
- RACS ASC 2013: The Contemporary Management of Burns for the Non-Burns Surgeon. Auckland.
- SWAN 2017 ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop. University of Technology, Sydney.
- RACS ASC 2018 Anatomically-Based Surgical Exposure for Trauma (ABSET) Course. (Delivered as ASSET in the United States). Macquarie University, Sydney.
Anatomically-Based Surgical Exposure for Trauma (ABSET) Course
The inaugural Anatomically- Based Surgical Exposures Course was conducted in May 2018 at Macquarie University, Sydney.
Known as ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma) outside Australia and New Zealand, and administered by the American College of Surgeons, this cadaver-based workshop was conducted over a full day. The program allowed participants to practice the surgical techniques required to access anatomical structures that when injured, may pose a threat to life.
The fully-subscribed workshop ran with a 2:1 student to faculty ratio, and included the surgical exposure in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities, including junctional vascular structures and fsciotomy. Each section began with a short case-based overview, followed by hands-on exposure performed by the students, and overseen by faculty.
ANZAST is grateful to it’s gold sponsors who made ABSET possible:
ABSET to return in 2019
Plans are well underway to conduct the second ABSET course in October 2019, again in Sydney. Information will be posted on the ANZAST website.