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Welcome and Overview
ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.
- The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
- The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
- This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
- This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
- The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.
If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase the PDF ALARM manual, please download this form
and submit it by email to [email protected]
We have also developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register for ALARM virtual, please click here.
If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.
Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Instructor Courses - Overview
The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.
In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
- Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
- Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
- Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care
If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.
If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.
Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor.
To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
- Complete the Instructor course
- Teach a course
- Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director
Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.
Space is limited to 24 participants per course.
Upcoming Instructor Courses
Toronto, ON November 28, 2023
English only - Hilton Toronto
To apply, please complete this application prior to July 20, 2023.
Following the deadline, applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis as space allows.
Selected candidates will be sent a registration link and additional course information.