ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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 an ALARM manual, please download this form and submit it by email to alarm@sogc.com.

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Course Agenda

Day 1:

TIME

LENGTH

SESSION

CONTENT

07:30-08:00

 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:00-08:10

10 min

Introduction

08:15-10:00

1 h 45

Workshop 1

·Management of Labour (MOL)

·Fetal Well Being (FWB)

10:00-10:15

15 min

Health Break

10:15-12:00

1 h 45

Workshop 2

·Management of Labour (MOL)

·Fetal Well Being (FWB)

12:00-12:40

40 min

Lunch

12:40 – 14:00

1 h 20

Plenary Session

·Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP)

14:05 -15:35

1 h 30

Workshop 3

·Antepartum Hemorrhage/ Postpartum Hemorrhage

·Breech/ External Cephalic Version (ECV) / Cord Prolapse

15:35-15:50

15 min

Health Break

15:50-17:05

1 h 15

Clinical Skills Workshop

·Hands-on skills stations

 

Day 2:

TIME

LENGTH

SESSION

CONTENT

07:30-07:55

 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

07:55-08:00

5 min

Welcome / Housekeeping

08:00-08:55

45 min

Plenary Session

·Induction of Labour (IOL)

09:05-10:30

1 h 30

Workshop 4

·Antepartum Hemorrhage/ Postpartum Hemorrhage

·Breech / External Cephalic Version (ECV) / Cord Prolapse

10:30 – 10:45

15 min

Health Break

10:45-12:35

1 h 50

Workshop 5

·Assisted Vaginal Birth (AVB) / Shoulder Dystocia (SD)

·Preterm Labour (PTL) / Prelabour Rupture of Membranes (PROM) / Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

12:35-13:15

40 min

Lunch

13:15-15:05

1 h 50

Workshop 6

·Assisted Vaginal Birth (AVB) / Shoulder Dystocia (SD)

·Preterm Labour (PTL) / Prelabour Rupture of Membranes (PROM) / Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

15:05 – 15:10

15 min

Health Break

15:20-15:55

40 min

Plenary Session

·Trial of Labour after Caesarean (TOLAC)

16:00-16:45

45 min

“A Night in L&D”

16:45 -17:00

15 min

Wrap Up and Pearls

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Upcoming Courses

Please note that there are upcoming ALARM courses planned that are not yet listed below. They will be added as soon as logistical aspects are finalized.

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November 3 - 4
ALARM 2019 - Vancouver
Richmond, British Columbia
 
November 16 - 17
ALARM 2019 - Waterville, NB
Waterville, New Brunswick
 
December 1 - 2
ALARM 2019 - Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
 
January 17 - 18
GESTA 2020 - Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
 
March 15 - 16
ALARM 2020 - Banff
Banff, Alberta
 
March 20 - 21
ALARM 2020 - Toronto March
Toronto, Ontario
 

If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at alarm@sogc.com. 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 alarm@sogc.com.

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. 

There are currently no scheduled Instructor courses available. 
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