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HOPE Center

Hopkins Outreach for Pediatric Education

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The mission of Hopkins Outreach for Pediatric Education is to improve the care of severely ill and injured children in Maryland by:

  • Providing quality education to health care providers caring for children in a variety of settings
  • Emphasizing preventive aspects of health care in order to optimize outcomes in ill and injured children
  • Serving as a forum for long-range development of educational initiatives for all child health care providers
  • Collaborating with community resources for design, implementation and evaluation of pediatric continuing education programs

Available Courses

PALS Courses January-June 2022

PALS Registration Form


For a HOPE brochure, including a PALS/PEARS course registration form, please contact the HOPE Office at or call 410-614-1960.

Completed registration forms may be emailed to or faxed to 443-287-4529.

If you are inquiring about CPR, BLS or ACLS courses, please contact the CPR Office at or call 410-955-9343.

Accreditation Statement

Individuals who successfully complete the cognitive skills examination in accordance with the guidelines of the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, Inc., will be awarded a two-year PALS Provider status.

Hopkins Outreach for Pediatric Education was born from collaboration between the Department of Pediatric Surgery and Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The genesis of HOPE was a desire to meet a need for continuing education among healthcare providers in Maryland.

Outreach initiatives offered by HOPE will include Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). PALS courses will be available in the metropolitan Baltimore and surrounding area through a combined effort of public safety agencies, community hospitals and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Pediatric education will include courses for the local healthcare community, pediatric continuing education programs and an annual symposium dedicated to pediatric trauma and emergencies.

Education of healthcare providers is a critical link in ensuring that the chain of survival functions effectively for critically ill and injured children.

American Heart Association Statement

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Faculty & Staff

Caitlin O'Brien, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, SOM Pediatric Anesthesiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
HOPE Associate Medical Director

Dana Propst

Administrative Coordinator
AHA Training Site Coordinator