One-day PALS Renewal Course

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About the Program:


The program features a review of the latest changes in pediatric resuscitation guidelines followed by interactive team-based simulation scenarios. The focus of the simulation scenarios is putting the key concepts of the most recent pediatric resuscitation guidelines in clinical context. This course uses high-fidelity simulators to showcase realistic clinical settings in an interactive style emphasizing the importance of effective team work. Topics discussed include recent pediatric Basic Life Support, respiratory failure and cardiac arrPALS 3est algorithms, vascular access, recognition and management of shock, and a review of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The use of pediatric simulators is an innovative way of learning and has been extensively validated in pediatric resuscitation training. The course starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm.


Course Directors:


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


Debbie Cain R.R.T., Clinical Education Coordinator for Respiratory Therapy, BC Children’s PALS Director


Course Materials and Required Preparatory Work:


Please note this shortened version of the course is intended for the advanced learner with previous recent knowledge and practice of the PALS course.


The PALS Provider Manual contains the cognitive and core knowledge component of the course. Learners must read and understand this manual thoroughly prior to attending the course.


The participant must order the PALS provider manual ($38.50) and PALS pocket reference cards ($7.00) through this heart and stroke foundation link.




  • Click ‘Shop as a Guest’ in the heart shop page from the above link
  • Click on ‘PALS’ on the left hand menu under ‘BROWSE CATEGORIES’
  • Purchase the following items:
    • “PALS Pocket Ref Card Set” (Item # 90-1053)
    • “2010 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual” (Item # RE6001E)

Please bring the PALS pocket book that comes in the package as you will be using this as reference during the course.One-day PALS Course


This course does not teach BLS skills, interpretation of rhythm strips, or basic PALS pharmacology. Thus learners need to be proficient in these areas prior to taking the PALS refresher course. There is a basic optional pre-course test that examines the learner’s knowledge of PALS pharmacology and basic EKG interpretation.


2011 PALS Written Precourse Self-Assessment


Requirements for Successful Completion of the Course:


In order to pass the course, the participant must:


  • Actively participate in all course stations
  • Pass Basic Life Support Skills tests
    • 1 and 2-rescuer child BLS and AED
    • 1- and 2-rescuer infant BLS
  • Pass core case testing as a team leader
    • 2 simulation cases:
      • Respiratory & Shock Emergencies
      • Rhythm disturbance
    • Pass the Closed-book Written test
      • Must achieve 84% or better

Course Fees:


This course costs $650.00. This includes light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.  The registration fee for undergraduate or postgraduate trainees is $300.00. In addition, the course manual needs to be purchased online at $38.50.


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”.


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 PALS Renewal Course?

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Course Completion: 


The PALS 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 Heart and Stroke Foundation, which will in turn send a certificate to the successful learner via mail. We therefore require the current mailing address of all the registrants. Please visit the accreditations page for details regarding course credits.


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 our Administrative Assistant, Christina Tou:


Christina Tou
Program Administrator
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
BC Children’s Hospital
Room K4-164, 4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3V4
604-875-2345 (Extension 7333)