Certification Courses

As part of Albany Medical Center's commitment to community education, the Department of Emergency Medicine provides continuing education and regular communication to local emergency medical services personnel. The Office of Emergency Medicine Outreach offers numerous programs for prehospital professionals of all levels. We provide lectures taught by emergency department physicians and other experts on the field on the second Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month. These lectures can be attended in person or through videoconferencing in order to meet the annual continuing education requirements.

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life SupportPrehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. PHTLS programs are developed from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program, a course for physicians developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. They follow the principles of trauma care developed by the Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. NAEMT PHTLS.


Advanced Medical Life SupportAdvanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) is an education program sponsored of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The program is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). This program is for all levels of healthcare practitioners committed to providing quality care for patients in medical crisis.  AMLS is the first course that offers a "think-outside-the-box" method of assessing and managing a patient in medical crisis.  NAEMT AMLS.


PEPPPediatric Education for Pre-hospital Providers (PEPP) represents a comprehensive source of pre-hospital medical information for the emergent care of infants and children. It will teach pre-hospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children. PEPP.

American Heart AssociationPediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is based on science evidence from the 2005 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.  AHA PALS.

American Heart AssociationAdvanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital.  Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.  ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. AHA ACLS.

TEEXWMD Awareness Level Training AWR 160, developed by the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), the WMD (Weapons Of Mass Destruction) Awareness-Level Training Course is a six-hour program that provides emergency responders with awareness-level instruction on recognition, avoidance, isolation, and notification techniques in a WMD environment. The course covers prevention and deterrence and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) hazards. TEEX.

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