Trauma & Acute Care Surgery

Foundations for Trauma Center Operations

  1. To be aware that suddenly and unexpectedly we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences.
  2. To instill within ourselves these qualities essential to professional excellence.


Discipline: There being no substitute for total preparation and complete dedication, for there is no margin to be careless or indifferent.

Confidence: Believing in ourselves as well as others, knowing that we must master fear and hesitation before we can succeed.

Responsibility: Realizing that it cannot be shifted to others, for it belongs to each of us: we must answer for what we do, or fail to do.

Toughness: Taking a stand when we must; to try again, and again, if it means following a more difficult path.

Teamwork: Respecting and utilizing the abilities of others, realizing that we work toward a common goal, for success depends upon the efforts of all.