The DFM hosted the first Basic Life Support in Obstetrics course for SMPH students in February.
On February 14, 2015, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) hosted the first Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO®) course for students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
In the day-long course, 14 DFM faculty and resident instructors taught 48 medical students and four physician assistant students techniques for attending a normal delivery—and how to recognize and manage obstetrical emergencies.
A Foundation for Clinical Rotations
The course was a joint effort by the DFM’s Office of Medical Student Education (Joyce Jeardeau, coordinator) and the SMPH’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG).
Jacqueline Gerhart, MD, who leads the FMIG and served as course director, said the BLSO course can help students prepare for their third- and fourth-year family medicine, OB, and pediatrics rotations.
Maternal resuscitation and postpartum hemorrhage, neonatal resuscitation, and shoulder dystocia management were among the clinical skills taught in the course.
Students who have a special interest in maternity care can also go on to take the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) course upon which the BLSO course is based.
A Great Learning Experience
Participants said they appreciated the course’s low student-instructor ratio, the opportunities for hands-on learning, and the open and positive attitudes of the instructors.