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ATLS Virtual Reverification

ATLS® Virtual Reverification course allows you to reverify your ATLS® Provider status and is offered as an alternative to re-taking the ATLS® Provider course or face to face ATLS® Reverification course.

This course is aimed at doctors and advanced clinical practitioners who regularly manage severely injured patients.

ATLS® Provider status is valid for four years and you can take the ATLS® Virtual Reverification course up to six months after your Provider status has lapsed.

Before attending this virtual course held on Zoom you will be required to complete mandatory pre-course learning by 7am the day before your virtual classroom. You will find more information on the pre-course e-learning in the Format tab below.

ATLS® Virtual Reverification combines a variety of interactive sessions, such as simulated patient scenarios, scenario stations with embedded skills and video demonstrations. You will not practise psychomotor skills on this virtual course, but practical skills will be demonstrated in videos, and discussed. Expert faculty will help you refresh knowledge and skills so that you can assess trauma patients in a systematic way.

Due to demand and limited availability of course places, you must work in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to be eligible to attend ATLS. All ATLS® Virtual Reverification course applicants must provide proof of their ATLS® Provider status when applying for a place on the course.

ATLS® Provider status obtained on a course outside the UK will have to be verified through the American College of Surgeons.

  • 1 days
  • 10.00 CPD Points
1 days
10.00 CPD Points


This course is open to ATLS® Providers who regularly manage severely injured patients and who have taken the ATLS® course within the last four and a half years.

Providers who do not regularly manage severely injured patients should reverify by attending the full two-day ATLS® Provider course. The one-day virtual course requires a high degree of familiarity with trauma resuscitation and uses the provider's own experiences to illustrate important principles of trauma management. Participants will not practise psychomotor skills on this course, but practical skills will be demonstrated in videos, and discussed.

Reverification of your ATLS® provider status must happen no later than six months after your status lapses (which happens four years after you take the course).

If you wait any longer than six months, you will need to re-take the full two-day ATLS® course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

Demonstrate refreshed knowledge of all principles of ATLS® and its safe, reliable method for immediate management of the injured trauma patient.

Effectively use the standardised language of trauma care.


ATLS® Virtual Reverification is an interactive course, taught using a variety of simulated patient scenarios, unfolding scenarios stations, group discussions and video demonstrations. 

This course will be held on Zoom therefore a good internet connection is essential. Late participants, arriving after the introduction, will not be allowed to attend the course and will not be eligible for a refund. If you are unable to join, or experience ongoing connection issues, you will be asked to leave the course and your course fees will not be refunded.

If you experience IT issues during the MCQ or Initial assessment (moulage) test, your attempt will be marked as unsuccessful.

Mandatory, pre-course e-learning

Before the course, you will be required to complete the pre-course e-learning consisting of ATLS® videos, Module 1 (Initial assessment and management), quiz for Module 1 and pre-course MCQ test. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete this work. Completion of the mandatory part of the e-learning is a requirement to attend the virtual course. Participants who have not completed the mandatory part of the e-learning in full by 7am the day before the course will not be allowed to participate in the virtual course and will forfeit their course fee. 

You will have access to all 13 e-learning modules and quizzes and we strongly recommend that you complete all the modules in preparation for the assessments on the course. 

It is also mandatory to read the ATLS® student course manual prior to the face-to-face component of the course in preparation for the MCQ test.

Course participants will receive access to the pre-course e-learning resources on the RCS VLE via notification with login details four weeks before the course at the latest.


You will be assessed throughout the course, and you have to pass all assessed sessions to pass the course and be awarded ATLS® Provider status.

At the end of the course, you will take an MCQ test consisting of 40 questions with the pass mark of 30/40. This test will be held online. If you are unsuccessful on the course, you can take up to two face-to-face resits within three months of the course. You will not be given your answer sheet or told which questions you answered incorrectly. Reading the ATLS®
manual prior to the course is the best preparation for the MCQs - there are no lectures in the virtual component of the course; you must arrive with a high level of clinical knowledge. 

Initial assessment of the patient (moulage) test will also take place at the end of the course. You will be given a simulated clinical scenario and you will be assessed on the initial assessment and management of a patient according to objective assessment criteria. If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt on the course,
it might be possible to accommodate the first resit during the virtual course or you may have to book a resit at a face-to-face course within three months. If you are unsuccessful in your second moulage test (first resit), the course director will decide whether you meet the criteria for the third resit at the different course. All resits must be completed within three months of the virtual course.

If you have not met the minimum standard to pass the course, you will not be given the opportunity to re-sit failed sessions and you will have to successfully complete Provider course to gain ATLS®
Provider status.

Additional Information

You will refresh your knowledge of all of the principles of ATLS®, including:

  • Initial trauma assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management including cricothyroidotomy
  • Assessment and management of patients in haemorrhagic shock
  • Assessment of chest injuries and chest decompression
  • Head injury management
  • Spinal restriction of motion and assessment of injuries
  • Differences in trauma management at extremes of age
  • Trauma team and necessary behaviours of team leaders and team members
  • Handover of a trauma patient

How to become an ATLS® Instructor

While participating in an ATLS® course, you may be nominated as having Instructor Potential (IP).

Faculty are looking for participants who demonstrate excellent core knowledge, a commitment to the ATLS® principles and the skills and attitude necessary for the role of an ATLS® instructor. You also need to be working at ST 4 level (or equivalent) or above.

If you have been nominated as an ATLS® IP, you will need to attend an ATLS® Instructor course. Please take a look at our list of ATLS® Instructor courses

Becoming an ATLS® instructor is a fulfilling way to further your professional development while sharing your trauma management knowledge with motivated course participants and colleagues. Alongside this, we are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming faculty for other RCS courses.

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