One-day APLS Course

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About the Program:

This American College of Emergency Physician’s APLS (Advanced Pediatric Life Support) course is designed to train physicians to assess and manage critically ill children during the first hour in the emergency department. The aim is to help the clinician detect an imminently toxic child and institute treatment without delay. The course consists of presentations, simulator-mediated scenarios and practical skills stations, and case-based discussions. The presentations include pediatric assessment, maltreatment, surgical emergencies, orthopedic trauma, and common toxins and poisons. The skills covered include assisted and mechanical ventilation, advanced airway, vascular access including peripheral intraosseous and central routes, and chemical as well as electrical cardioversion. The discussions entail respiratory emergencies, shock, central nervous system problems, pediatric trauma, and neonatal emergencies.


This APLS course is unique in North America as it incorporates the simulator in the skills stations and small group discussions. The participants will work in teams on a pediatric and a neonatal simulator to resuscitate critically ill children and neonates in various real life scenarios. The 2011 resuscitation guidelines will be introduced and practiced in the simulated scenarios.


This course starts at 7:30 am and ends at 5 pm.




Pre-requisites and Audience:

This course requires successful previous completion of PALS or APLS course. This course is most suitable for physicians who are routinely involved in the care of critically ill or injured children. These include emergency room physicians, pediatricians, and senior emergency medicine and pediatric trainees.


Course Director:


Dr. Navid Dehghani MD FRCPC; Attending Staff (ER) & Provincial CME Director, BCCH


Required Preparatory Work:


Required preparatory work involves pre-reading The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition.  The manual will be sent to you once you register for the course. The cost of the manual is extra to the course.


Course Completion: 


The APLS faculty will mark the written examination after the course. We will then submit the names of those who have passed the written and the oral component of the course to the American College of Emergency Physicians, which will in turn send a certificate to the successful learner via mail. We therefore require the current mailing address of all the registrants.



Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) Certificate. In order to obtain the ACEP certificate, the participant is required to attend all didactic and small group sessions and achieve 70% on the end-of-the-course written examination. Please visit the accreditations page for details regarding course credits.


Course Fees:


The course costs $759. This includes light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.  In addition, the course manual needs to be purchased at $140. The UBC Continuing Professional Development staff will send you the manual.


Cancellation Policy:


We are unable to provide you with a refund for any cancellation less than one week in advance of the course as it would be impossible to replace you with short notice. No refunds or transfers will be given for “no shows”.


One-day APLS Course


Course Location:

This course will be held at the New Provincial Simulation Center on E6 in Shaughnessy Building at BCCH.
4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1


When is the next One-day APLS Course?
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Course Contacts:


For questions regarding the course content or course requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me at


For any other questions or to register, please contact UBC Continuing Professional Development:


Phone: 604-875-5101