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 continues to expand and includes courses in the fields of both Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Courses are taught using a cadre of instructors from Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, Pulmonary Critical Care, and Surgical Critical Care in addition to a variety of physicians and other clinicians with an expertise in various fields. 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, an Ultrasound course for Fellows, Residents, PAs and NPs, the Trauma Nurse Course and a variety of workshops and 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 are provided for most of our programs. Please feel free to contact the OLSE with any questions.