The ALSO Provider Course is no longer available in the two-day format. That format expired May 31, 2018.
The sponsor will be invoiced a learner access fee of $120 for ALSO per number of times the course code was used. There is also a $94.95 course materials/application fee per course. Any other items ordered will be invoiced separately.
No. Although there are other items available such as the mnemonic reference cards, the required materials are all found online, including the entire provider manual and slide sets. All may be downloaded.
The ALSO Provider Course is an excellent educational tool at any stage of maternity care training. Many hospitals utilize it as a standardized evidence-based method to orient new staff in addressing obstetric emergencies. Residency programs use the ALSO course to prepare their residents at the beginning of their first year to help prepare new residents to care for their first maternity care patients. Other residency programs teach the course after the first year, allowing residents to learn the basics of childbirth before focusing on urgencies and emergencies.
ALSO staff is available to assist you with course preparation, identifying advisory faculty and approved instructors when needed, approving the course, completing the course after you submit your post-course dashboard. ALSO staff work with you to resolve unexpected issues with the course. Please give us a call or send us an email. Our contact information is at the top of the page in a call-out box.
The automated system is dependent on the AAFP ID numbers for learners and faculty. The dashboard autopopulates the learner ID numbers when they access the online course, but sponsors must add the ID numbers of all faculty before submitting to the dashboard after the course. Coordinators should begin by asking each faculty for their ID numbers. If they do not know or have forgotten their number, they may call the AAFP Member Resources Center at (800) 274-2237 for assistance. The course coordinator should keep these ID numbers on file for future courses.
Visit the AAFP’s Hold an ALSO Provider Course webpage each time you are applying for a course. The page offers a three-step application process, along with other helpful information. After you apply for continuing medical education (CME) credit (step 2), you will receive an ALSO course approval email within 24 hours. The email includes your specific course code to share with learners and a link for the course director and coordinator to access the course materials webpage.
For the live course, you should estimate and request credits only for the live portion of your course: one credit equals one hour of learning. Note: the welcome/overview and breaks/lunch are not to be included in your time. The online portion of the ALSO course has already been approved for a set number of credits separately by the AAFP. The approved credit amount will be indicated on the letter of participation that learners receive after completing all required online course elements.
The course dashboard records all course activity. As your learners access the online course with your course code, their name appears on your course dashboard as ‘incomplete.’ When they complete their online course, they will show as ‘complete.’ It is the sponsors responsibility to contact those who do not yet appear and those who show as ‘incomplete’ two to five days prior to the course. Those who do not show as ‘complete’ have not met the requirements to attend the live course. After the course, sponsors must be sure to select an occupation and pass, fail, or no show for all learners. Add all the instructors (approved or not), course director, and advisory faculty (if applicable) by entering their AAFP ID numbers and selecting, ‘recommend for advisory faculty or approved instructor.’ Finally, upload the course roster with signatures of every learner and instructor.
A current advisory faculty must be present at the course to observe both instructor candidates and advisory faculty candidates. The advisory faculty must complete the appropriate evaluation form found on the course materials webpage. The sponsor will keep these evaluations on file for two years (do not send to the AAFP). The sponsor will select either ‘recommend for approved instructor’ (with current status of instructor candidate) or ‘recommend for advisory faculty’ (with current status of approved instructor) on their post-course dashboard before submitting. The current status next to the candidate’s name must be correct before submitting for the approval to process appropriately. If it is not, please call ALSO staff at (800) 274-2237, ext. 7506, before submitting.
No. The proof of completion is now indicated by ‘complete’ next to the learner's name on your dashboard.
After the sponsor submits the post-course dashboard, it is marked as complete within 24 hours. At that point, the learners get an automated email stating their letters and wallet card are available in their AAFP accounts. If the sponsor needs copies, they should ask the learners to download their letter and/or wallet card and email to them if it is necessary for them to keep a copy on file.
Anyone providing obstetrical care can become a provider, approved instructor, or advisory faculty, including residents, nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, paramedics, physician assistants, and physicians. Requirements are described below for each position:
Please refer to the ALSO Instructor Manual for more guidance on course logistics.
Determine the number of learners your facility can hold. Plan for at least one instructor for every five to six learners. ALSO staff can provide a list of ALSO approved instructors in your area if you need assistance in finding qualified individuals to teach.
Payment is not always required, but it is recommended. The budget and arrangements for any course are up to the individual course director. If you will be using instructors from outside of your institution, appropriate compensation for time and travel is common. However, compensation can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. When there are multiple courses in the same area, some course sponsors have formed an ALSO instructor consortium of local instructors who donate their time and trade off teaching at one another’s courses. Another option to increase the number of available instructors in your organization is to send individuals to the ALSO Instructor Course. If there is a shortage of ALSO instructors in your area, you may also consider holding a local ALSO Instructor Course to increase your local pool of ALSO approved instructors.
As with any other professional online course, the course sponsor is responsible for clearly communicating the deadline when all online, pre-course work should be completed. If learners do not successfully complete the required online elements prior to the start of the course, they will not be admitted into the live portion. Sponsors track in their course dashboard who has accessed the online course and who has completed it. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to contact learners who show as incomplete days before the live course until all learners show as ‘complete’ prior to the live course.
Although it is expected that learners attend the ALSO Live Course on the date(s) they registered for, we realize emergencies happen. The ALSO Online Course is an ALSO product (which includes the entire provider manual). If a person purchases it, it cannot be ‘returned.’ The sponsor will see them on the dashboard and if they do not complete/show for the live course, they are marked as a ‘no show’ on the dashboard before submission. Most sponsors have a cancellation policy, but here are a couple of options:
Yes. The online portion has its own evaluation. The live portion has one evaluation for all learners. This evaluation is available to sponsors on the course materials webpage. Evaluations are kept on file by the sponsor for two years. Please do not mail evaluations to the AAFP.
No. Course sponsors are not required to advertise their courses to the public. However, we do encourage all efforts to hold multidisciplinary team-based learning. Inviting a variety of disciplines and professions (i.e., private family medicine physicians, OB/GYN physicians, midwives, maternity care nurses, etc.) to your course is an excellent way to build relationships and to incorporate ALSO firmly into your culture. Additionally, practicing physicians, midwives, and nurses often bring their own rich history and experiences to the course that makes the learning environment more robust and creates a more realistic team experience. Many course directors have reported that by opening course registration to the public, they have supplemented their educational budgets by bringing in additional income from outside learners.