Lifesaving Certification Requirements
* Residents with a capitol "R" refers to residents and fellows
As stated in the current UW Hospital and Clinics Appointment Information for Residents and Fellows in Graduate Medical Education Programs document, your appointment is contingent upon:
Certification of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Other Lifesaving Interventions
- BLS/CPR: All incoming Residents* are required to show current certification or become certified in basic life support or CPR within the first three months at UW Hospital and Clinics. Certification must be kept up-to-date throughout training at UW Hospital and Clinics.
- ACLS/PALS: Those Residents required to be certified in ACLS or PALS must also show current certification or be certified within the first three months at UW Hospital and Clinics. Residents required to be certified in ACLS or PALS must keep their ACLS or PALS certification up-to-date throughout their training at UW Hospital and Clinics, as well as their BLS/CPR certification.
- ATLS/Advanced PALS. Those Residents who must be certified in ATLS or Advanced PALS must achieve certification prior to the rotations or PG level for which it is required and must keep their ATLS or Advanced PALS certification up-to-date throughout their training at UW Hospital and Clinics, as well as their BLS/CPR and ACLS/PALS certifications.
- Training Fees: Training sessions are held in the hospital throughout the year and are offered at no charge to the Resident. Fees for training obtained outside the UW Hospital and Clinics Emergency Education Center program will not be reimbursed.
- Residents are released from other responsibilities to attend the training sessions for certification or re-certification.
- If you are currently certified: As a new Resident, upload a PDF of your CPR card to your MedHub new hire portal or submit to your program coordinator.
- If you need to be certified (your certification has lapsed or you have not been previously certified): As a new Resident you are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to your program orientation date. As a current Resident take the appropriate course and submit your card to your program coordinator.
- If you need to be recertified (your current certification is approaching expiration): As a new Resident you are strongly encouraged to get recertified prior to your program orientation date. As a current Resident take the appropriate course and submit your card to your program coordinator.
Emergency Educational Center (EEC)
- For current lifesaving certification cards, EEC only accepts AHA Healthcare Provider cards and/or Red Cross Professional Rescuer cards.
- Current Residents: To schedule a certification class, detailed instructions are available on Med Hub/GME Resources/Life Saving
- New Residents: To schedule any of these courses, check your Med Hub new hire portal for the Lifesaving document to review.
- CPR/BLS Guidelines:
- All residents must be CPR/BLS certified within the first three months of starting their training. This certification must be kept in compliance throughout your whole training at UW Hospital and Clinics.
- Renewal course: This is a three-hour class. Select this course if your certification has not expired.
- Recognition course: This class rarely takes longer than four hours. If you do not have a card or if your card has expired, you must take the CPR Recognition course.
- Books are available at EEC or can be reviewed on the day of class.
CPR Requirement to Complete ACLS
The Resident must have a current CPR card to obtain ACLS certification. The CPR card must be available to show EEC personnel as proof, in case the Resident is not in the EEC database. If the Resident does not have a current CPR card, EEC will hold the ACLS certification card until CPR is current.
Certification Requirements By Department