Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) course

Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) is a two-day simulation-based course designed for health care providers who manage pediatric trauma patients, with a focus on the roles of team leader and team members.

The course includes a mixture of simulation scenarios, group lectures and technical skills sessions for practicing procedures. The format provides healthcare providers hands-on experience in a safe and experiential learning environment.

No other trauma course focused solely on pediatrics
The TRIK course is suitable for emergency physicians, pediatricians, general surgeons, pediatric surgeons, family physicians, critical care physicians, emergency nurses and respiratory therapists.

"The facilitators were great and the simulations were a great opportunity to practice a large volume of trauma resuscitations. We received lots of nice pearls throughout especially during the multidisciplinary discussions."
TRIK participant

What you’ll learn

Starting from primary survey and initial resuscitation, the course takes an interactive approach to managing common and uncommon pediatric trauma cases.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to

  • describe the differences between adult and child pathophysiology,
  • conduct a primary and secondary survey for pediatric trauma cases,
  • recognize, diagnose and manage common trauma-related pediatric injuries,
  • recognize and consider ethical issues related to pediatric trauma,
  • interpret diagnostic images for pediatric trauma cases, and
  • determine the appropriate steps to prepare for the transport of a pediatric trauma patient.

"I was able to practice my skills as an RN many times, so much to the point that it felt natural and easy. I feel after this course that when a patient enters the department as a trauma, I will be even more prepared and aware to prepare for the plan of care for these patients."
TRIK participant

Upcoming Courses

Let us know if you’d like to be notified when new TRIK courses are announced or when registration opens.
Please note that all TRIK courses have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.


This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Royal College CPD unit. You may claim a maximum of 14 hours 30 minutes (credits are automatically calculated).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. More information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit is available on the AMA website:

TRIK is endorsed by the Pediatric Trauma Society, the Trauma Association of Canada and Accreditation Canada as an equivalent to ATLS (for Pediatric Trauma Centers). Prior training in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is strongly encouraged.


Those interested in becoming a TRIK instructor must meet the criteria set out by the TRIK Steering Committee:

  1. Must have participated in a TRIK provider course.
  2. Have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience in pediatric trauma care as attending level team leader (either PEM, surgery or PICU)
  3. Must have completed a simulation education course.
  4. A curriculum vitae must accompany the application.
  5. A commitment to teach at one course per every 2 years and, whenever possible, within one year of the instructor candidate course.

Process to Become TRIK Faculty

  1. Submit all documents required for application
  2. Participate in an instructor course
  3. Must act as an instructor candidate during a TRIK provider course.

TRIK master faculty conduct assessments and make decisions at each step (application, instructor candidate, TRIK faculty) as to whether the incumbent will progress to the next step in becoming faculty.

For details about becoming a TRIK instructor, access the PROCESS FOR INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATES document.

Hosting a TRIK Course

Please contact the PPI Project Coordinator if you are interested in hosting a TRIK course in your institution.

For more information:

Contact us
Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit (PPI)
c/o Project Coordinator
Telephone: 613-730-6275; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275

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