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    Does anyone know if the ACLS course has an oral component to it along with the written exam? How difficult is this course anyways? I mean, should I be studying for it now? I'm scheduled to take it this coming June. Thanx!


    S.Chow, soon-to-be PGY-1 IM

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepchow
    Does anyone know if the ACLS course has an oral component to it along with the written exam? How difficult is this course anyways? I mean, should I be studying for it now? I'm scheduled to take it this coming June. Thanx!


    S.Chow, soon-to-be PGY-1 IM
    Yes, there is an oral component to ACLS. You have to do mouth to mouth resursitation. That's it. hehe. There is no oral exam. I just look on the internet for ACLS mnemonics and that's it.

    Good luck,
    Ecoli
    never give up

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    Our ACLS had both an oral and written component to it. The written component is based off the books that you'll get during your intern orientation, though I suppose that you could study it if you really have the motivation. The book is available from the American Heart Association.

    The oral component was running a 'mega-code' where you were presented with an unresponsive patient, then you go through interpreting the rhythm that's shown on the defibrillator monitor and then you go through the actual algorithm. I don't know if this is universal, but I think it is. Good luck.

    Tony

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    we had the mega code both times and places I took it. i was under the impression this was universal.

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    ACLS is easy now, 10 years ago they would try to fail you, now it is simply a team effort and a final exam

    Just read your basic algoryhthms-PEA, asystole, Vfib/Vtach, tachycardia
    Know your basic ACLS drugs

    No stress

    good luck

    ACLS insturcter for 10 years

    iggy

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