Advanced trauma life support: assessment of cognitive achievement

Mil Med. 1993 Sep;158(9):623-7.


One hundred fifteen physicians participating in advanced trauma life support (ATLS) training courses had entry (pre-test) and exit (post-test) level knowledge compared. There was significant improvement for the overall group mean score from the pre-test to post-test (p = 0.0001). Comparisons revealed significant differences for pre-test and post-test scores by practice specialty and level of training. Residents in training had significantly higher scores for both pre-test (p = 0.0177) and post-test (p = 0.0024) than did the practicing physician group. No significant differences were detected in the cognitive achievement between the residents according to practice specialty.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care*
  • Military Medicine / education*
  • Specialization
  • Wisconsin
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*