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The Office of Life Support Education was established in 1993 as an American Heart Association Community Training Center, providing ACLS courses for the Health System and the community at large. These courses are now provided by the Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse Clinical Simulation Center.

OLSE offers courses and programs in the fields of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery. Courses are taught by a cadre of instructors from Surgery, Advanced Practice Nursing, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, as well as clinicians with an expertise in various fields. Many courses are taught using lecture, small group, and simulation techniques. The OLSE Medical Director is José Pascual, M.D., Ph.D., FRCS(C), FRCP(C). The OLSE Clinical Education Coordinator is Anne Ravdin Taylor, RN.

Our current course offerings include: ASSET, ATLS, ATCN, ATOM, DMEP, FCCS, The Trauma Nurse Course, a variety of workshops including U/S-ECHO (a basic ultrasound workshop), S.E.W. (a basic suturing workshop), SCRUB (a basic scrubbing/ gowning/ gloving workshop) and R.E.A.D. (a scan reading workshop), 2ND TRAUMA and a variety of internal education programs. In addition, we offer 2 annual conferences, covering a wide variety of Trauma and Critical Care topics with interesting speakers and experts in their fields. We welcome both UPHS and external attendees to the majority of our programs. Continuing education credits for Physicians and Nurses are provided for most of our programs. Please feel free to contact the OLSE with any questions.

Why come to Penn for your Trauma,
Acute and Critical Care education?

  • As in Penn's distinguished history, world class educators will serve as faculty during our PennTRAC conference week
  • A leader in the fields of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency Surgery, Penn Trauma is partnered with the Departments of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Rehab Medicine, Clinical Resource Management and many other essential departments and disciplines, to offer excellence in education.

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