The ALSO program is based on an adult learning model whereby participants prepare through advanced reading from the ALSO syllabus and take responsibility for their own learning before and during a Provider Course.
Instructors, Course Directors, Advisory Faculty, and Additional Faculty are expected to approach learners in a positive, constructive and respectful manner, and to have demonstrated these attributes during the training of new Providers.
The ALSO program requests and expects honest feedback to Instructors regarding their effectiveness. The program reserves the right to remediate or terminate Instructor status of individual faculty who do not model these attitudes and approaches.
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A minimum of 50 percent of the faculty at each provider course must be ALSO Approved Instructors or ALSO Instructor Candidates.
An individual who wishes to achieve ALSO Approved Instructor status must:
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The responsibilities of the Instructor Candidates and the Approved Instructors include all of the following:
The ALSO Advisory Board recently decided to add an evaluation process to the ALSO Instructor Courses. The evaluation process looks at teaching ability, attitude, and content knowledge and hands-on skills. Participants of the course are evaluated by faculty in all of the interactive workstations.
Teaching ability may be defined as:
Attitude may be defined as:
Content knowledge and hands-on skills may be defined as:
The ALSO Approved Instructor status may be maintained by teaching in three ALSO courses within each five year time period. Valid teaching experiences include teaching in provider, refresher or instructor courses. Instructors must also maintain an active maternity care practice, either personally, or through the supervision of residents. As long as an approved instructor maintains active status, retaking the ALSO Provider Course is not necessary.
ALSO Course Directors must have successfully completed an ALSO Provider Course. It is also beneficial if he or she has previously participated as faculty in a Provider Course.
The Course Director oversees and manages all aspects of implementing the course. He or she is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the course meets all course requirements. The Course Director must also remain on-site during the entire course, including longitudinal courses (those completed over several weeks / months in smaller segments).
The AAFP utilizes an established procedure for identifying and analyzing continuing medical educational needs and interests of prospective participants. Each Course Director is required to:
The following required conflict of interest / disclosure forms are to be kept on file by the Course Sponsor:
The Course Director is responsible for returning course reporting forms to the AAFP within two weeks following course completion.
A brief summary of activities that require the Course Director’s involvement when conducting a course include the following:
There must be at least one approved ALSO Advisory Faculty member for each ALSO Provider Course. Individuals who wish to be designated as Advisory Faculty must:
If you wish to apply for advisory faculty status submit the following via e-mail:
The primary responsibility of an Advisory Faculty member is to maintain the integrity and consistency of the ALSO Program. This can be achieved by:
Other individuals who wish to serve as faculty for the Provider Course are selected by the Course Director. Individuals may include qualified healthcare professionals who are comfortable with the goals and objectives of the course and who agree to use standard course methods.
Responsibilities of Additional Faculty include:
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