Trauma Leagues

Title: Trauma Leagues: apprenticeship from prevention to definitive treatment of trauma patients



In the early 1990′s in Brazil, clusters of medical students interested in increasing their exposure to certain medical disciplines started to emerge and organize under the name of Academic Leagues. Leagues first appeared in a few major academic centers such as the University of Campinas, where the first League was created in 1992.

Trauma Leagues consist of groups of medical students that voluntarily congregate under the supervision of a surgeon, often with an academic career and respectable academic credentials. The stated goals of the Trauma Leagues are to: (1) increase the members‘ knowledge in trauma, surgery, and emergency care; (2) offer the students the opportunity to participate in emergency room, operating room, and trauma resuscitation care; (3) offer the student the opportunity to participate in research and other academic activities of the Trauma Programs; (4) offer the opportunity to observe all the daily activities of practicing surgeons (apprenticeship); (5) participate and organize trauma meetings, as example the Brazilian Congress of Trauma Leagues (CoLT); and (6) develop and work in injury-prevention projects.



  1. Discuss the capacity of the Trauma Leagues to bring the students to their actions as a way to attract new general surgeons.

  2. Present the activities promoted by the Trauma Leagues in Brazil in an extracurricular way and form as part of a parallel curriculum.

  3. Provide students the opportunity to learn about trauma and have more experience in practical skills and realist simulation, becoming more prepared to take care of trauma patients.

  4. Carry out prevention activities, such as the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth); Yellow May; and Saving Lives.

  5. Explain how participation in Trauma League has been an effective strategy to encourage medical students to choose a career in general surgery in Campinas, Brazil.


  1. Lectures with active interactive methodology.

  2. Visit to the university hospital and pre-hospital care.

  3. Discussion of didactic clinical cases at ICU and in tele grand rounds by telemedicine.

  4. Realistic simulation.

  5. Interaction with medical students and students from high school during the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program.



  1. Presence and punctuality

  2. Interaction with the faculty and other students.


Duration: 1 week.


Pre requisites: pre-clinical knowledge (at least 50% of the medical course at the foreign institution) and fluent English.


Course material:

  1. Papers elaborated by the faculty.

  2. Seminars (articles will be provided prior to sessions).



Course organization and responsibility:

  • Gustavo Pereira Fraga

  • Elcio S. Hirano

  • Bruno M. T. Pereira

  • Thiago R. A. Calderan


Professors from the Division of Trauma Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas (Unicamp).



  • Medical students with pre-clinical knowledge (at least 50% of the medical course at the foreign institution);

  • 8 to 10 students.






July 1st


July 2nd


July 3rd


July 4th


July 5th

8 am – 10am

Welcome and visit to Clinics Hospital of University of Campinas (Unicamp)

Activities of Trauma Leagues

The Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care

How to create and manage a Trauma League?

Experience in Trauma Leagues


Hospital Rounds (ICU and Wards)

Realistc Simulation

Trauma Division Weekly Meeting (Clinical Case)

Telemedicine Grand Round (Clinical Case)


12pm-2 pm






2 pm-3 pm

Trauma Leagues: Our experience in Campinas

P.A.R.T.Y. Program
(Starts at 1 pm)

Blood Bank Visit and importance in Trauma Care

Pre-hospital visit (SAMU)

FAST exame training

3 pm-5 pm

Clinical Cases

Operating Room Visit

Pre-hospital visit (GRAU)