• 2015 Trauma and Critical Care Conference

  • Friday, October 16, to Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Durango, Colorado

    Trauma is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in young Americans. The care of injured and critically ill patients is complex and challenging. 2015 Trauma Conference

    The focus of the Trauma and Critical Care Conference is to provide clear guidelines for practicing clinicians who manage such patients with the emphasis of the continuum of care for trauma and critical care patients from pre-hospital to rehabilitation. This program offers comprehensive knowledge and skills in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients, offering an ideal mix of the current standard-of-care principles and cutting edge information and technology for evaluation, diagnosis and management.

    Download the conference brochure.


    Target Audience

    This course is primarily designed for physicians, nurses, pre-hospital personnel, respiratory therapists and allied healthcare professionals, as well as trauma and emergency educators and administrators.


    • Apply knowledge gained and lessons learned to provide quality trauma care in practice settings.
    • Explain management, technology and techniques for optimal care of diverse trauma, critical care and emergency medicine-related issues.
    • Illustrate the latest strategies and techniques for optimal care of the trauma patient in the critical care setting.


    • James Birgenheier, MD
      Department of Anesthesiology, Mercy Regional Medical Center
    • Margaret (Mags) Clarke, MD, FAAP
      Attending Physician/Clinical Instructor, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado
    • Bharat Desai, MD
      Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, Panorama Orthopedics and Spine
    • Moss J. Fenberg, MD
      Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Southwest Retinal Consultants
    • Justin L. Hazen, MD
      Emergency Physician, Duke City HealthCare
    • David Hughes, MD
      EMS Medical Director, Emergency Department, Mercy Regional Medical Center
    • Dale E. Kester, MD
      Emergency Physician, Lovelace Regional Hospital
    • Betty S. Kim, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates
    • Charles Mains, MD, FACS
      Trauma Medical Director, Centura Health Trauma System
    • Todd McGrath, DO
      Emergency Physician, Emergency Department, Mercy Regional Medical Center
    • Travis McGrath, RN
      Flight For Life, Mercy Regional Medical Center
    • John McManus, MD
      Emergency Department Medical Director, Mercy Regional Medical Center
    • Charles Schmier, MD
      Emergency Physician
    • Scott A. Phillips, MS, NRP
      PreHospital Services Group Director, Mountains and North Denver Operating Group, Centura Health


    CME Credits: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Colorado Medical Society through the joint providership of St. Anthony Hospital and Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC). St. Anthony Hospital is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    St. Anthony Hospital designates this CME presentation for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Nursing Credits: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP16170, for 13 Contact Hours.

    EMS Credits: EMS Continuing Education approved by St. Anthony Pre-Hospital Services,
    Colorado Training Center and group #CO 039.
    Number of hours actually participated, for 13 Hours.

    If you need more than one type of Continuing Education Certificate, please send advance notification to MyoungFry@Centura.org


    Fort Lewis College 
    Student Union Ballroom 
    1000 Rim Drive 
    Durango, CO 81301
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    Pre-Conference Location
    Mercy Regional Medical Center
    Conference Rooms A/B
    1010 Three Springs Blvd.
    Durango, CO 81301


    Full Conference Registration Fees:
    $125 for Centura Affiliated
    $150 for Non-Centura Affiliated  
    Fee includes refreshments, Saturday breakfast and lunch, reception, syllabus materials and continuing education credit.

    Pre-conference Only Registration
    Exclusive to physicians: $50
    Please note: Pre-conference is free for physicians who register for full conference.


    Pre-Conference Schedule – Friday, October 16, 2015:
    Mercy Regional Medical Center
    8:00-8:30 a.m.: Pre-Conference Registration 
    8:30-11:30 a.m.: F.A.S.T. Exam Training for Physicians - Chip Schmier, MD     

    Conference Schedule:
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    Fort Lewis College
    12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: Main Conference Registration
    1:00 - 1:10 p.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks - David Hughes, MD
    1:10 - 2:00 p.m.: "Blast Injuries" - Justin Hazen, MD
    2:00 - 2:50 p.m.: "Fluid Volume Optimization" - James Birgenheier, MD
    2:50 - 3:40 p.m.: "Recognition and Management of Ophthalmic Trauma" - Moss J. Fenberg, MD
    3:40 - 3:55 p.m.: Break
    3:55 - 4:45 p.m.: "Avalanches: An Introduction to Recognition, Rescue, and Resuscitation" - Todd McGrath, DO, and Travis McGrath, RN
    4:45 - 5:35 p.m.: "Assessment and Management of Pelvic Trauma in the Backcountry Setting" - David Hughes, MD
    5:35 - 7:00 p.m.: Reception

    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    Fort Lewis College
    8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 - 8:40 a.m.: Welcome - John McManus, MD
    8:40 - 9:30 a.m.: "Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Emergent Reversal" - Charles Mains, MD, FACS
    9:30 - 10:20 a.m.: "Managing Trauma in a Rural Setting: Practical Principles and Priorities" - Dale Kester, MD
    10:20 - 10:40 a.m.: Break
    10:40 - 11:50 a.m.: "Great Vessel and Cardiac Trauma" - Betty S. Kim, MD
    11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: "Does Mechanism Really Matter? Review of trauma triage guidelines and the science behind them" - Scott A. Phillips, MS, NRP 
    12:20 - 1:20 p.m.: Lunch; "Living with Serious Traumatic Brain Injury Sequelae" - Mark and Marta Chapman
    1:20 - 2:10 p.m.: "Making the Golden Hour(s), Golden" - Jack McManus, MD
    2:10 - 3:00 p.m.: "Unstable Pelvis and Acetabular Fractures" - Bharat Desai, MD
    3:00 - 3:20 p.m.: Break
    3:20 - 4:10 p.m.: "TEMS - Tactical Emergency Medical Support" - Justin Hazen, MD
    4:10 - 5:00 p.m.: "Before the Helicopter Arrives: Part II" - Margaret Bradley Clarke, MD
    5:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks and Evaluations - Jack McManus, MD 

    Download the conference brochure.


    Register for the conference.

    Please note: Attendees are required to purchase a parking permit; for details, visit Fort Lewis College.

    Hotel Reservations and Recreation Activities

    Click here for information and bookings of hotel reservations and recreation activities in Durango, Colorado.


    For more information, please contact Ginna Sanders at VirginiaSanders@Centura.org, or (970) 764-3402. 

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