The BLSO program is based on an adult learning model whereby participants prepare through advanced reading from the BLSO syllabus and take responsibility for their own learning before and during a Provider Course.
Instructors, Course Directors, 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 from instructors regarding their effectiveness. The BLSO program reserves the right to remediate or terminate Instructor status of individual faculty who do not model these attitudes and approaches.
Your BLSO program will need the following faculty:
BLSO Course Directors must be ALSO Approved Instructors.
The Course Director, with assistance and direction from the AAFP, oversees and manages all aspects of course implementation. Although a coordinator or assistant may be used to assist with planning and implementation, the Course Director is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the course meets all course requirements specified on this page and in the Memorandum of Agreement from the AAFP. The Course Director must also remain on-site during the entire program.
The Course Director may not fulfill the role of the Advisory Faculty for the same course.
Each Course Director is responsible for:
The Course Director is also responsible for completing and/or compiling all required BLSO course reporting forms including:
The Course Director must return all completed forms to the AAFP within two weeks of the course completion date.
The role of the Advisory Faculty is not needed at a BLSO course unless there is an ALSO Instructor Candidate teaching. In this case, the Advisory Faculty would evaluate the Instructor Candidate and complete the evaluation for them to submit to ALSO staff within two weeks of the course.
Additional Faculty for the Provide Course are selected by the Course Director to adhere to the recommended faculty-participant ratio of 1:5 - with no more than 1:6. Faculty members may include qualified healthcare professionals who are actively participating in maternity care, in emergency management of maternity care, or in medical or nursing education. Instructors without BLSO or ALSO training may be used to teach specific modules that they have clinical expertise in, such as a neonatal nurse for the neonatal module or an emergency medicine physician for the maternal resuscitation module.
Additional Faculty responsibilities include:
Please note that being a faculty member for a BLSO course does count towards an ALSO Approved Instructor's requirement of teaching three ALSO courses in five years.
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