Committee Overview

Since 1922, when its Committee on Fractures was established, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has carried on a continuous campaign of professional and public education, designed to achieve improvements in all phases of the care of the injured and in prevention of injuries.

The College's campaign now is carried out effectively on a national level through the Committee on Trauma (CT), which is supported by a network of 65 State/Provincial Committees, 11 international Committees, and 5 Military Committees.  These committees have an aggregate membership of approximately 2,200 members, the majority being Fellows of the College.

The Committee on Trauma is a standing professional committee of ACS appointed by the Board of Regents.  The words "Central" and "National" are commonly used but are not official designations of this committee.

State/Provincial Committees on Trauma are committees within a state or territory of the United States or a province of Canada.  Also included in this category are military regions and 10 countries in Latin America.  Three large urban committees (the District of Columbia, Chicago, and Greater New York) have the status of State Committees on Trauma.

The Role of the Committee on Trauma is to traditionally consider issues relating to all aspects of trauma surgery, that is, trauma systems, pre-hospital, emergency department, operating theater, intensive care, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness, within the state/province.  The scope of these components includes patient care, education, and research.

 Specific Duties of the State Chair and Committee

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