GME Policy: Life Support Certification

Policy Statement

Upon entering an accredited GME training program all trainees who have direct contact with patients must be certified in BLS and/or ACLS, PALS, etc. depending on your program’s requirements.  Certification is typically valid for two years. Once the initial certification expires, only those trainees required by the hospital to have BLS and ACLS and/or PALS or any other lifesaving certification will be recertified at the teaching hospitals expense.


Program Responsibilities

If life support course recertification is required by the program, the program will be responsible for the expense.  If re-certification is requested by the trainee, but is not a program requirement, the trainee is responsible for any fees.

Documentation and record-keeping of initial certification and recertification is the responsibility of each program.

Additional Resources

Subject Contact Phone Email
Policy Heather Woeste 612-626-4959
Fairview -
See UMMC policy on
Guidelines and Requirements
for Life Support Training
Terry Nelson 612-273-6195
Children's Hospitals & Clinics   651-220-6129  
HCMC Howard Schur 612-873-2357  
Regions Willie Braziel 651-254-1530  
MVAHCS Robin Rabey 612-467-3019


Related Information

Additional information is available on the Life Support Certification webpage.


Effective: April 2008.