Improving Trauma Care Worldwide

Trauma Competition

Congratulations to 2017 Winners:
Toronto EMS – Yia ton Yiorgo

The Toronto Paramedic Services – Yia ton Yiorgo team poses with the Competition Trophy and the family of George Eliadis, the Toronto EMS paramedic tragically killed in 2017. The Toronto EMS Competition Team was formed this year in memory of George, and the name means “For George” in Greek.

See more photos of the Competition in Dropbox.

See photos of the Competition Awards in Dropbox.

Interested in sending a team for 2018?

2018 Trauma Competition:
Friday, November 9, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

2018 Trauma Competition Team Application

ITLS Competition Judge and Competitor Handbook (2018 edition)

ITLS Competition Equipment Appendix (2017 edition)

All competitors must be available from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Friday.

Individuals who are interested in competing but do not have a team should contact ITLS staff. Staff will work to coordinate teams based on participant availability and interest.


  • All teams will complete 3 scenarios. The team with the highest accumulative score will be the winner.
  • Each team should consist of at least three members. One alternate is recommended.  The team captain is required to be a current ITLS-certified provider or instructor.
  • Competition performance evaluation criteria are based on current ITLS standards of care.
  • All team members are required to be registered for the conference. A special Competition team rate for a 3-person team or 4-person team is available.
  • Jump bags will be provided, and all necessary large equipment to manage the patient will be available onsite. (See Handbook about option to bring your own jump bag.)
  • Participants should supply their own personal items such as stethoscopes, scissor pouches, goggles or glasses, and gloves.
  • Each team will have an opportunity to review and familiarize themselves with the equipment available prior to the scenario.
  • The winning team will be awarded complimentary registration to the 2019 conference.
  • Space is limited. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Review the ITLS Competition Judge and Competitor Handbook (2017 edition – 2018 edition coming soon) for details about team composition, responsibilities, timing, scoring, and more.

The Trauma Competition has been a favorite event at the International Trauma Conference since its introduction at the 2002 conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Teams from around the world compete using the ITLS assessment to triage and treat trauma patients in simulated scenarios. From helicopter crashes to cougar attacks, scenarios are always inventive, complex, and dramatic.