Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Life Support Training for Medical Trainees
Life Support Training
Medical Trainees on a current or upcoming rotation with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) may complete Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the MVAHCS at no cost using the VA Talent Management System (TMS).
Medicine residents who serve as code team leaders and chief residents and fellows who are granted privileges to serve as moonlighters/MODs may complete Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training through VA.
To complete the training, trainees must have the following:
- An active training account in the VA TMS.
- An active VA computer network account.
Please contact your Department Program Coordinator if you have questions about VA computer network account status.
VA TMS and network accounts can only be provided by the department hosting the trainee’s rotation. It is the trainee’s responsibility to coordinate activation of required accounts with that department.
All medical trainees will complete BLS certification using the web-based HeartCode training, with a skills check utilizing a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system.
- Web-based portion of training is available 24/7 from thru the VA TMS from any computer system. Use of Windows PC with Internet Explorer 11 is recommended.
- VAM is located in the MVAHCS 4th floor medical library (4U-101). Trainees with valid VA PIV badges may access the library 24/7. Standard library hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Exceptional circumstances that require a trainee to attend a classroom-based training or skills check with an instructor must be approved by the Director, Advanced Life Support Training.
Trainees requiring ACLS certification for their rotation at the VA - medicine residents who serve as code team leaders and chief residents and fellows who are granted privileges to serve as moonlighters/MODs - may use this same training delivery process. Please confirm with your Department Program Coordinator before registering.