• ALSO® Latest Announcements

    Contacts

    ALSO Department (dashboard and status inquiries)
    Email also@aafp.org
    (800) 274-2237, ext. 7506
    (For efficiency, please do not contact individual staff.)

    Member Resource Center (orders, invoice, AAFP ID assistance)
    (800) 274-2237
    Email aafp@aafp.org

    COVID-19 Response for ALSO/BLSO Courses

    If you are considering rescheduling your upcoming ALSO or BLSO Course we are here to help. The rescheduling guidelines include how to change your course date, what to do if the rescheduled date has not yet been determined, invoicing information, what to do with manikin rental orders, and more. View rescheduling guidelines.

    Exciting Changes to ALSO/BLSO Application Process

    After an AAFP systems transition, ALSO and BLSO course sponsors can look forward to the following:

    • CME Applications now have a streamlined ALSO/BLSO pathway with fewer fields to complete
    • Changes to course director and coordinator can be made by sponsors after submission of their CME application
    • Simplified access to the Online Courses with no more 5-digit codes for learners to enter

    There will be a down time during the systems transition when the AAFP Website, ALSO Course dashboards and CME Provider dashboard and application will not be accessible. This should not interfere with holding your courses but may require a delay before submitting your post-course dashboard or receiving your online course invoice.

    Learn more about these improvements

    Approved Instructor Status Maintenance Requirements

    Approved Instructors are required to complete the ALSO Online Instructor Renewal Course every 3 years, as the new content editions are released. This is in addition to the teaching requirements. To read more about this status requirement and access the course, please visit the post pinned to the top of the Instructor Online Community.

    Approved Instructors should NOT access the ALSO Online Provider Course – ONLY the ALSO Online Renewal Course.
    Please access your AAFP Account/Transcript to view the CME Credit listing and Letter of Participation if you are unsure whether you have completed it or not. It is considered 'Complete' only after you select 'Attest' and 'Claim Credit' at the end of the course.

    Launch Delay

    We are committed to providing you with only the most high-quality, evidence-based content to train your entire maternity care team, and the current ALSO course content remains an accurate and valid resource to meet your needs. You should move forward with any plans you had for ALSO training utilizing the existing ALSO Provider Course 8th Edition and ALSO Instructor Course 8th Edition until further notice.

    Status Changes

    As of June 1, 2019, the following 3-year status changes were implemented:

    Providers

    • If you completed a Provider Course on or after June 1, 2019, you have a 3-year status.
    • If you currently have a 2-year status, it’s been extended to a 3-year status.
    • If you currently have a 5-year status, your expiration date will not change and you will transition to a 3-year status upon completion of your next Provider Course.

    Approved Instructors

    If you are an Approved ALSO Instructor prior to June 1, 2019, you are in a 5-year status. Upon your expiration date, if you meet the teaching requirements of instructing at least 2 courses within 3 years and complete the ALSO Online Instructor Renewal Course (see above), you will renew 3 more years. Those with Advisory Faculty status should follow the above guidelines to maintain your Approved ALSO Instructor status.

    Status Reminder

    To maintain your Approved ALSO Instructor status, every three years you must:

    • Teach two courses
    • Complete the ALSO Instructor Renewal Online Course

    Note: Approved Instructors with five-year status, still must teach in three courses.

    How to Find Your Wallet Card and Status Expiration Date

    Status and expiration dates are printed on all ALSO wallet cards which are accessible to ALSO Approved Instructors and Providers. The path to the cards varies slightly depending on if you are an AAFP member or not.

    ALSO Approved Instructors who are AAFP members:

    Visit www.aafp.org
    Select ‘My CME Transcript’
    Scroll down to the date that you last taught at a course
    You will see ‘Print Wallet’. This is your wallet card.
    You may view, print, or download to .PDF

    ALSO Approved Instructors who are not AAFP members:

    Visit www.aafp.org
    Select ‘My Account’
    Select ‘View Letters of Participation’
    Scroll down to the date that you last taught at a course.
    You will see ‘Print Wallet’. This is your wallet card.
    You may view, print, or download to .PDF

    ALSO Providers who are AAFP members:

    Visit www.aafp.org
    Select ‘My CME Transcript’
    Scroll down to the date of your last Provider Course
    You will see ‘Print Wallet’. This is your wallet card.
    You may view, print, or download to .PDF

    ALSO Providers who are not AAFP members:

    Visit www.aafp.org
    Select ‘My Account’
    Select ‘View Letters of Participation’
    Scroll down to the date of your last Provider Course
    You will see ‘Print Wallet’. This is your wallet card.
    You may view, print, or download to .PDF