Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an intensive course that presents a systematic approach to dealing with patients experiencing a cardiopulmonary emergency or sudden death. It emphasizes a rapid and coordinated strategy for resuscitation providers regardless of the size of the team. The methods presented rely on a uniform set of protocols and guidelines based on the newest scientific evidence in cardiovascular medicine and resuscitation from the American Heart Association in collaboration with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.
Current basic life support certification and familiarity with emergency pharmacology and basic ECG interpretation are firm prerequisites and essential for success in the course.
Successful completion of ACLS is a requirement for graduation. NOTE: 3rd Year Medicine Clerkship is a pre-requisite for taking ACLS.