VCU represents the only Level 1 trauma center in a 70-mile radius in Central Virginia. Situated in an urban environment and at the juncture of several major interstate highways, VCU is an ideal setting for training in trauma care, allowing residents ample opportunity to learn the skills necessary to manage all types of trauma in all age groups.
The 10 trauma resuscitation bays, located within the Emergency Department at the VCU Medical Center, are modular and designed to flex to double their capacity. In addition, the rooms in the Emergency Department are equipped to function as overflow trauma areas to accommodate mass casualties or multiple trauma alerts in succession.
First-year residents participate in trauma resuscitations while in the Emergency Department. They also spend a dedicated month as part of the trauma team and are responsible for responding to all the trauma team alerts.
Second-year residents are responsible for securing all the trauma airways and assist in performing trauma procedures, such as central lines, thoracotomies and others. A dedicated month in the surgical trauma ICU develops confidence in the ongoing management of critically injured patients.
Third-year residents are responsible for securing all the trauma airways and assist in performing trauma procedures while in the ED. They also spend two weeks supervising junior residents in the surgical trauma ICU.
To learn more, watch this YouTube video on VCU’s trauma program.