How it works

The PTC course is a two-day trauma training course, designed initially for Doctors, to train health professionals in a systematic approach to the clinical needs of a severely injured patient.

During these two days, the students are given the PTC manual as a reference book and are trained through lectures, workshops, clinical skill stations and moulage scenarios. The educational content covers all aspects of the physiological and pathological aspects of the trauma patient, taught in a systematic, interactive way culminating in a practice or examination scenario.

The PTC course adheres to the principles taught in ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support).

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment and feedback is practised throughout the course. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) before and after the course allow instructors to assess their efficiency and, in some countries, an examination is held at the end of the course for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation.

Local Cascading

A one-day instructor course is held on day 3, whereby those successful students and those wishing to become instructors learn how it teach through interactive, modern skill sets.

These methods of training have been improved progressively over 15 years. The strength of the present routine of a two-day PTC course and one-day PTC Instructor course is that it enables local doctors and health care workers very quickly to be in a position to train others in these principles, thereby empowering local clinicians and encouraging them to help their own community.