Certification in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) is a requirement for graduation. Students may register for ACLS in the first or second clinical year. Training courses are offered at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center under the direction of Dr. John Giacomini. All training sessions (up to four) will be held on Friday/Saturday. Each session can accommodate a maximum of 25 students. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Because advance planning is necessary to arrange instructors, registration is closed two weeks before each session. When the training is completed, students receive a certification card valid for two years. Please note that students must have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification card in order to enroll and participate in ACLS.
Students must first register for an ACLS training course with the VA and then register for MED 295 on Axess once the date is confirmed. An information packet with training materials will be mailed to your home address two weeks prior to your course. Be prepared to do some reading before the first session.
The 2017-18 dates are:
- November 3-4, 2017
- February 9-10, 2018
- March 9-10, 2018
- April 13-14, 2018
Contact person: Kavita Narayan (email@example.com) VA Medical Center,(650) 493-5000, ext. 65153
NOTE: Occasionally a student who is preparing to graduate is unable to attend one of the ACLS training sessions offered at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center because he or she is out of town interviewing for residency, or for other legitimate reasons. If this is the case, the student may make arrangements to complete ACLS training at another facility. The student would then need to bring his/her certificate of completion to the School of Medicine Registrar’s Office to verify completion of the course. For ACLS training outside Stanford, call (650) 725-9938, http://www.cecenter.stanfordhospital.com, or the American Heart Association. Students that complete their training at another facility outside the School of Medicine will be responsible for any fees associated with the course.
updated February 2018