Trauma Symposium

Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium Postponed: Based on guidance about COVID-19 from experts in public health and infectious disease, we will be postponing the Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium until Spring 2021. If you had registered, we will be issuing full refunds in the coming weeks. Additional information will be provided in the near future.

Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium

William A.L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship
John Campbell Tribute Lecture
Postponed: Spring 2021
Mobile, Alabama


Southflight landing at USA Health University Hospital

The Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium educates providers in our region who treat critically injured patients. The symposium will feature a number of nationally recognized speakers discussing prehospital care for injured patients, while also highlighting the importance of injury prevention and systems of care. The overarching goal is to improve outcomes by integrating all phases of trauma care. 

This year’s conference will be headlined by Eileen Bulger, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor in the division of trauma, burn and critical care surgery at the University of Washington and chief of trauma for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Bulger is also the current chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Bulger is a national leader in violence prevention and prehospital care for injured patients. Additionally, the John Campbell Tribute lecture will be given by Paul Pepe, M.D., M.P.H., emergency medical services and public safety medical director for Dallas County government and medical director for research, education and special operations for numerous south Florida public safety agencies.

Two pre-conference courses, the Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) and Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS), will also be offered.  Each class will be taught by national leaders in each specialty. The RTTDC and ABLS classes will have separate registration, and class size is limited so register early.

We are excited to collaborate with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Gulf Emergency Medical Services System.


▼   William A.L. Mitchell Lecture

William A.L. Mitchell

William Alexander Lewis Mitchell, of Mobile, died on February 16, 2005, at age 18 after a valiant struggle against injuries sustained in an automobile accident nine days prior to his death. William was treated heroically by physicians and staff at the USA Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

William Mitchell was an advanced placement scholar and captain of the varsity basketball team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was on the Headmaster’s List. He also was a writer and editor for the school newspaper, and played varsity soccer.

The William A. Mitchell Endowment for University Hospital Trauma Center was established on April 2007 to support the Trauma Center at University Hospital. These gifts are in memory of William A. L. Mitchell.

The fund was established through memorial gifts received and, to date, more than 525 gifts have been received since its inception

The William A.L. Mitchell Endowed lecture is presented annually to honor the life of William A. L. Mitchell, who died in 2005 from sever traumatic injuries sustained in a car crash. Following his treatment at USA Trauma Center - in appreciation for the care he received - his family established the endowment and the lecture series both to memorialize William and to improve trauma patient care in our region through education. People from Mobile County made donation to this endowment.

The William A.L. Mitchell Lecture serves as a platform to educate and convey trauma awareness to healthcare providers and residents of the Mobile area. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death among young people. According to the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration (NHTSA), education has helped decrease the number of fatalities among teenagers. The endowment allows participants to enhance their skill and competence in medical knowledge and understanding of new concepts in the field of trauma, and the EMS field.

According to NHTSA, traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for teens. Impairment, passengers, distractions from mobile phones and navigation systems, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt are among the major contributing factors to the number of teen injuries and fatalities on our nation’s roads each year.

In a recent NHTSA study, teens were two-and-a-half times more likely to engage in potentially risky behavior when driving with a teenage peer versus driving alone. The likelihood increased to three times when traveling with multiple passengers.

Previous William A.L. Mitchell Endowed Lecturers

2007: J. David Richardson, M.D. 
2008: Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D. 
2010: Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D. 
2011: Norman E. McSwain, M.D. 
2012: Donald Trunkey, M.D. 
2013: Demetrios Demetriades, M.D. 
2014: Timothy C. Fabian, M.D. 
2015: Thomas M. Scalea, M.D. 
2016: L.D. Britt, M.D. 
2017: Steven Wolf, M.D. 
2018: David A. Spain, M.D. 
2019: Hasan Alama, M.D. 

▼   John Campbell Lecture

John Emory Campbell, M.D., FACEPJohn Emory Campbell, M.D., FACEP, was founder and president of International Trauma Life Support. Known worldwide for his groundbreaking work in developing prehospital trauma education, Dr. Campbell founded the Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) program in 1982. It was the first course and curriculum dedicated to prehospital trauma assessment and trauma care worldwide.

Dr. Campbell attended pharmacy school at Auburn University and medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Campbell practiced medicine for over 35 years in emergency rooms across the state of Alabama and in Longview, Texas. From October 2, 2006, to April 1, 2011, Dr. Campbell served as EMS Medical director for the State of Alabama. Under his leadership, he implemented changes to standardize patient care protocols across the entire state. His work has lead to the mandatory training and certification of all providers who communicate with paramedics in the field, one of the first such requirements in the history of the United States.

Dr. Campbell conducted the first BTLS course at Southeast Alabama EMS System on August 23, 1982. He wanted to teach paramedics the principles of advanced trauma life support (ATLS) to improve the care provided to patients. He partnered with the Alabama Chapter of ACEP to publish the first BTLS textbook in 1982.

“John did not set out to be an EMS leader,” said ITLS Editor in Chief Roy Alson, Ph.D., M.D., FACEP, who has served on the editorial board alongside Dr. Campbell for many years. “Thirty years ago, he took a new trauma course and said, 'Why aren’t we teaching this to EMS?' Along the way, he convinced countless doctors and nurses, EMS, fire and police personnel to share his vision. The legacy John leaves is measured in the lives saved by those who have been ITLS trained.

Under the direction of Dr. Campbell, the program grew rapidly, first throughout the southern states and then expanding into the rest of the United States. The program was taught in Canada for the first time in 1986 and in Puerto Rico in 1987. By 1995, BTLS courses had been taught in Singapore, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Russia,
Poland, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Italy, and Cuba.

Today, International Trauma Life Support, renamed from Basic Trauma Life Support International in 2005 to better reflect its scope and mission, is a global organization offering 15 types of trauma courses, with Kelly Yorkie teaching over 30,000 students annually in over 40 countries. To date more than 750,000 trauma care providers have been certified worldwide. ITLS will continue to advance Dr. Campbell’s mission of improving trauma care worldwide by continuing to develop innovative curricula, programs, and services that are evidenced-based, flexible, and assessment-focused for trauma care providers and the patients they serve.

▼   Conference Exhibitors & Supporters

Educational and registration fees for participants are kept at a minimum through the generous support of exhibitors and supporters. Exhibitors include state-of-the-art equipment, products and professional services.  Their ongoing commitment to the Trauma Symposium, makes it possible for us to offer this quality educational experience.  This conference would not be possible without their support. 

We have a grand prize that will be awarded to help encourage interaction between our attendees and our supporters booths.  During breaks and lunch, please visit the exhibitors to meet their regional representative and learn more about their products and services.

▼   Registration & Fees

The registration fee includes all course materials, certificates of attendance and CME credits. Participants assume responsibility for hotel accommodations and all other meals.

How to register

  • Online - Register online at our Eventbrite page
  • Telephone - Have your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card and course information ready, then call (251) 471-7971.
  • Fax - Paying by credit card or Interoffice transfer? Download the Registration Form [PDF], complete and fax to (251) 471-7334.
  • Email - Paying by credit card or Interoffice Transfer? Download the Registration Form [PDF], complete and email to
  • Mail - Download the Registration Form [PDF]. Mail your completed registration form to: USA Health University Hospital, Attn: Rebecca Scarbrough, 2451 University Hospital Drive, Suite 10-I, Mobile, AL 36617

ABLS Course

Registration prices

  • Physicians/Surgeons - $300.00
  • Physicians Assistants/Pharmacist - $50.00
  • Nurse Practitioners  - $50.00
  • Nurses - $50.00
  • EMS - $50.00 
  • Technicians - $50.00
  • Residents - $25.00
  • Students - $25.00

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given for written cancellation received on or before April 1, 2020.  No refunds will be given after this date. USA Health University Hospital is not responsible for any cancellation or charge assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

▼   Information for Exhibitors

We would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming Annual Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium and the William A.L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship on Aug. 18-19, 2020. Our symposium has grown significantly over the past three years. In 2019, the symposium had over 300 attendees from 5 states. In 2020, the Alabama EMS Division within Alabama Department of Public Health will sponsor our symposium as the primary education event for Emergency Medical Services (paramedics, EMTs, etc.) for the entire state of Alabama. We expect over 500 participants this year!

Our vendors enjoy a tremendous amount of exposure since they will be located within the heart of our symposium. You will have many opportunities to interact with all of our symposium attendees to really highlight your products and services.  To encourage participation, we will have a “visit the vendors” raffle. We would greatly appreciate any door prizes that you would be able to donate to the raffle. Lunch will be on site to increase considerable participant activity and interaction within the exhibit hall. In order to help minimize the cost to professionals wishing to attend next year’s event, sponsorships are available for Platinum, Gold A & B, Silver and Bronze Level. (see breakdown at the end.)

The Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium is an annual event designed to educate all providers in our region who care for critically injured patients. Our goal this year is to provide current evidence-based concepts and techniques of resuscitation, diagnostic evaluation, and therapeutic intervention from scientific and humanistic perspectives. Specific updates on Trauma, Emergency Surgery, EMS, and Critical Care Medicine will be of interest to EMS, nurses, physicians, residents, and others.

We are excited to collaborate with the Alabama Gulf EMS System a Division of Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Chapter – American College of Surgeons this year. Our event will transpire at the beautiful Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Topics will cover a variety of fields including EMS, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Trauma.

The William A.L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship is a memorial lecture presented annually to honor the life of Mr. Mitchell. The keynote speaker for the lecture will be Eileen Bulger, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery, and Chief of Trauma for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

The John Campbell Lecture is a memorial lecture presented annually to honor the life of John Campbell. Dr. Campbell was the founder and president of International Trauma Life Support, and known for his groundbreaking work in developing prehospital trauma assessment and trauma care worldwide.

1. Platinum Sponsors: $5,000

  1. Lunch Sponsor
  2. Signage on tables 
  3. Premium exhibit booth
  4. 8x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  5. Full page ad in brochure
  6. Announcement during conference
  7. List of conference attendee
  8. WiFi Access

2. Gold Level A (2 available): $2,500

  1. Breakfast Sponsor
  2. Premium exhibit booth
  3. 8 x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  4. ½ page ad in conference brochure
  5. List of conference attendee
  6. WiFi Access

3. Gold Level B (4 available): $2,500

  1. Break Sponsor
  2. Premium exhibit booth
  3. 8 x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  4. ½ page ad in conference brochure
  5. List of conference attendee
  6. WiFi Access

4. Gold Level C (1 available): $2,500

  1. Premium exhibit booth
  2. 8 x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  3. List of conference attendee
  4. ½ page ad in conference brochure
  5. WiFi Access

5. Silver Level (2 available): $1,500

  1. Premium exhibit booth
  2. 8 x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  3. List of conference attendee

6. Bronze Level: $1,300

  1. 8 x 6 exhibit table, draped tablecloth two chairs, waste basket.
  2. List of conference attendee

Exhibition spaces will be pre-assigned.  The hotel provides valet parking at an additional fee.

Register Now [PDF] to secure your booth. Complete the registration form and return by mail, fax or email. You can send us a check or pay with a credit card using the PayPal tool below. To learn more, please contact Rebecca Scarbrough at A limited number of prime exhibitor spaces are available this year, so act quickly to secure your spot. This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization’s products and services. I look forward to meeting you at the Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium.


Vendor Fee



Rebecca Scarbrough, B.S.
Coordinator, Trauma Education, Research & Outreach
Division of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery and Division of Burns
USA Health, University Hospital


Contact Information

Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium
2451 University Hospital Drive, Suite 10-I
Mobile, AL 36617
Phone: (251) 471-7971

Rebecca Scarbrough