CALS in Minnesota
Minnesota Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) originated in fall of 1996. The idea was conceived out of frustration with the fact that emergency and critical care results in rural communities were not keeping pace with the advances being made in urban centers. Dr. Darrell L. Carter, a family physician in Granite Falls, and Dr. Ernest Ruiz, then Chief of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) shared a similar vision in changing this.
A working group representing the whole emergency team (docs, nurses, PA/NP, EMT-P) began a three year project to develop what was to grow into the CALS curriculum, and that today has evolved into the CALS Program. The first CALS Course was conducted in 1996 by this grassroots coalition of volunteer health care providers, with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes in rural settings.
Now in its nineteenth year of providing emergency care training, the CALS Program has active affiliate programs in three states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana) and has hosted courses in ten states, three Canadian provinces and nine countries. The CALS Program extends its reach by training all US embassy medical personnel around the globe for the Department of State. In December 2014 CALS was pleased to provide its 300th CALS Provider Course in Minnesota.
In conjunction with 4th CALS Conference — Minneapolis, MNread more
CALS certification about to expire?read more
CALS Instructor Paul Van Gorp Honoredread more
Minnesota CALS coursesread more
CALS Hospital Designationread more
New price effective January 1, 2015read more
300 CALS classes in MN!read more
Contact Karie Pearce to registerread more
Courses through June 2017 are posted and open for registration.read more
Darrel Carter and Paul van Gorp receive awards at MAFP conference.read more