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Emergency War Surgery Course

Format: Resident

The Emergency War Surgery Course (EWSC), formerly known as the Trauma Refresher Course For Surgeons (TRCS), establishes combat trauma training competencies and coordinates training to develop and sustain DoD trauma surgeons located in an operational environment, military MTF or at a Level I trauma treatment facility.

Intended for general and orthopedic surgeons, the course was developed in response to 1991 Gulf War reports that surgeons and other healthcare providers lacked sufficient training and experience in trauma surgery. To remedy this, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs designated proficiency in combat surgery training as an “essential mission.” The Combat Trauma Surgical Committee (CTSC) was created in 1996 to meet this mission and to coordinate training efforts to develop and sustain DoD trauma care providers.

The EWSC is a standardized, measurable and reproducible training program that provides surgeons and other health care providers exposure to critical life saving skills necessary to sustain the force.

The EWSC offers 17.5 CMEs. ASSET Offers 6.5 CMEs. Nurses can petition to convert CMEs to CEUs.

ATTRS Registration Instructions

This course is developed for surgeons and surgical sub-specialties, (i.e.; Orthopedic Surgeons, General Surgeons, and Med-Surgical Nurses). 

  • ASSET Course and Nurse Simulation labs are conducted on Day 1. 
    • Only surgeons are allowed to attend the ASSET Course. 
    • Physicians will not attend ASSET Course on Day 1, but will report on Day 1. 
    • Nurses will attend Simulation Lab on Day 1. 
  • The EWS portion of the course will be conducted on Day 2 and Day 3. 

Steps for Each Service to Enroll in EWSC

All students must submit their requests through their respective service branch manager to get valid reservations in EWSC.

U.S. Army

  • All Army students must submit DA Form 3838 (Application for Short Course Training) and EWSC enrollment form to their Unit’s Training NCO to obtain a seat in the EWSC. 
  • The Training NCO will then forward the form to HRC.

U.S. Air Force

To receive credit and to obtain a seat in the EWSC, you will need to provide your enrollment form to your Air Force POC for enrollment in ATTRS. Contact Air Education and Training Command/Professional Specialty Training.

Send email training requests to:

U.S. Navy

To receive credit and to obtain a seat in the EWSC, you will need to provide your EWSC enrollment form to your Navy branch manager. 

  • Navy Medicine CeTARS/Quota Manager 
  • DSN: 420-9650 
  • Commercial: 1-210-808-9650 
  • FAX: 1-210-808-0500 

International Students

International Students must contact the Foreign Affairs Office on Lackland AFB to coordinate travel, hotel and base access.

Course Links

Upcoming Courses

 Class Report Date  Start Date End Date  Locations 
 181 2017-11-13 2017-11-14 2017-11-16  Wilford Hall SAMMC South
 501 2018-01-16  2018-01-17 2018-01-19  Wilford Hall SAMMC South
 182 2018-02-12  2018-02-13 2018-02-15  Navy Medical Center San Diego, Balboa
 183 2018-05-15  2018-05-16 2018-05-17  Wilford Hall SAMMC South
 500 2018-08-13  2018-08-14 2018-08-16  Navy Medical Center San Diego, Balboa

All course dates may be rescheduled if the minimum student quota requirement has not been met.  In the rare event of course cancellation or date change, DMRTI will notify all students as soon as changes are confirmed.  Confirmed registered students will have priority in the next course.

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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