ASSET Course - postponed

Monday, May 16, 2022

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Registration open through 5/9/2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Course Description

The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that when injured may pose a threat to life or limb. A course manual with DVD is distributed to students prior to taking the course to provide an overview of key surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The one-day, cadaver-based course follows this modular, body region approach. Each section begins with a short case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. The student assesses his or her ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.


Target Audience

The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.




  • Demonstrate knowledge of key anatomical exposures for the care of injured and acutely ill surgical patients


  • Demonstrate his/her technical ability to expose important structures that may require acute surgical intervention to save life or limb


  • Gain confidence in performing anatomic exposures independently


  • Demonstrate ability to independently perform anatomical exposures while being assessed by Faculty



General Registration Fees


$1250 Attendings

$850 Fellows/Residents

Continuing Education


CME Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 5 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment


Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 6 credits meet the requirements for Trauma/Critical Care.



The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Sanger Hall

1101 E. Marshall Street
9th Floor Surgical Research Laboratories
Richmond, VA 23298


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