Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

ALSO® Syllabus Updates

The current syllabus is dated February 2015 with revisions to Chapter B-Medical Complications chapter and slide set and Chapter J-Postpartum Hemorrhage (chapter only-edits to only title and references).

The current Course Materials CD-Rom is dated June 2015. It includes the revised slide set for chapter B, dated February 2015 and also includes updated course materials (forms, docs, etc.)

The ALSO Department has established a new annual schedule for revisions and printing of a new syllabus each year. If deemed necessary, by the ALSO Editorial Board, to make chapter revisions before the annual print date, a package will be printed and distributed.

All updates will remain on this page for one year from the publication date listed next to each chapter, below. If you are unsure if your syllabus is up to date, compare the published date on each chapter in your syllabus with the date next to the files listed below.

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Table of Contents (Published February 2015)(1 page PDF)

*Chapter B - Medical Complications Chapter(687 KB PDF) (Published February 2015)

*Chapter B - Medical Complications Slide Set(54 page PPT) (Published February 2015)

*Chapter J - PPH Chapter only(20 page PDF) (Published February 2015)

Additional Revisions on Course Materials CD-Rom:

NEW: Emergency Simulations: Simulation scenarios for acute Maternity and newborn care which you can implement at your home institution.

Logos (NEW-combined ALSO/AAFP logo must be used for all promotion of ALSO course)

Nurse Roster

Brochure Template - NEW REQUIREMENT-all sponsors must submit a brochure with the course request form. 

Provider Course Requirements (Many updates throughout. Please review document in its entirety).

Participant and Faculty Form

Course Evaluation

The ALSO Instructor Manual was also revised June 2014. Revisions were not extensive, therefore, faculty may still use the 5th, 6th or 7th Edition.

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Updates and Revisions Policy

Evidence policy for the ALSO Syllabus 2006 - Present Revision Update and One Page Evidence-Based Addenda

  1. The ALSO syllabus will use the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT) endorsed by the American Family Physician and other primary care journals.1
  2. A Summary of Recommendations will follow each chapter.
    1. There should be 6-12 summary recommendations per chapter, proportional to the amount of material covered in the chapter and the amount of evidence available.
    2. In deciding which points to choose for summary recommendations, authors should give priority to recommendations that are high quality (SORT A).
    3. SORT B recommendations can also be included when they have important clinical implications or relate to common clinical practices.
    4. SORT C recommendations WILL ONLY warrant mention in the Summary if the author feels there is exceptional relevance for clinical practice and it's important for clinicians to know that only lower level evidence is available.
  3. Each recommendation should include the reference number(s) for the article(s) that is/are the original source of the evidence.
  4. ALSO editors are available to assist authors in assigning SORT evidence levels to the summary recommendations.

Managing Editor: Larry Leeman, MD, MPH 

Co-Editor for Chapters/Slides: Jeff Quinlan, MD

Co-Editor for Chapter/Slides: Lee Dresang, MD

Editor for AFP Serialization: Larry Leeman, MD, MPH

1 Ebell MH. Siwik J. Weiss BD, et al. Strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. J Am Board Fam Pract. 17(1):59-67, 2004.