As the leader in trauma care for the Central Valley, the team at Community Regional Medical Center provides education for healthcare professionals, including both nurses and physicians.


Courses for healthcare professionals include:

  • Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
  • Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR)
  • Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)
  • Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)
  • Central California Trauma Symposium



Our trauma surgeons have a variety of research interests and develop their own studies, as well as participate in studies with other organizations from around the country.

Recent Single-Institution Publications
1. Changes in splenic capsule with aging; beliefs and reality. Higginson SM, Sheets NW, Sue LP, Wolfe MM, Kwok AM, Dirks RC, Doggett RS, Gopal VC, Davis JW. Am J Surg. Sep 2019. Epub ahead of print.
2. The impact of obesity on severity of solid organ injury in the adult population at a level 1 trauma center. Chen AK, Jeffcoach D, Stivers JC, McCullough KA, Dirks RC, Boehnke RJ, Sue L, Kwok AM, Wolfe MM, Davis JW. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. Jul 2019. 4(1):e000318.
3. Dual chamber cardiac rupture following blunt thoracic trauma. Jeffcoach DR, Sue LP, Wolfe MM, Siada SS, Kwok AM, McCray VW, Davis JW. Surgical Case Reports. May 2019. 2(2)1-2.
4. Base deficit is superior to lactate in trauma. Davis JW, Dirks RC, Kaups KL, Tran P. Am J Surg. Apr 2018. 215(4):682-685.
5. After the embo: predicting non-hemorrhagic indications for splenectomy after angioembolization in blunt trauma patients. Bilello JF, Sharp V, Dirks RC, Davis JW, Kaups KL. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. Feb 2018. 3(1):e000159.
6. Current outcomes of blunt open pelvic fractures: how modern advances in trauma care may decrease overall mortality. Siada SS, Davis JW, Kaups KL, Grannis KA. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. Dec 2017. 2(1):e000136.
7. Attempting to validate the over/under triage matrix at a level I trauma center. Davis JW, Dirks RC, Sue LP, Kaups KL. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Dec 2017. 83(6):1173-1178.
8. This too shall pass: a study of ingested sharp foreign bodies. Zamary K, Davis J, Ament E, Garry J, Dirks, R. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Jan 2017. 82(1):150-155.
9. Novel method of delivery of continuous positive airway pressure for apnea testing during brain death evaluation. Hubbard JL, Dirks RC, Veneman WL, Davis JW. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. Dec 2016. 1(1): e000046.
10. The time is now: venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in blunt splenic injury. Kwok AM, Davis JW, Dirks RC, Wolfe MM, Kaups KL. Am J Surg. Dec 2016. 212(6):1231-1236.
11. Competence not age determines ability to practice: ethical considerations about sensorimotor agility, dexterity, and cognitive capacity. Kaups KL. AMA J Ethics. Oct 2016. 18(10):1017-1024.
12. Risk factors associated with post extubation stridor in the trauma intensive care unit. Lilienstein J, Davis JW, Bilello JF, Dirks RC. Am J Surg. Sep 2016. 212(3):379-383.
13. Use of endotracheal tubes with subglottic secretion drainage reduces ventilator-associated pneumonia in trauma patients. Hubbard JL, Veneman WL, Dirks RC, Davis JW, Kaups KL. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Feb 2016. 80(2):218-222.


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