University of Nevada School of Medicine to conduct obstetrics training class in Sparks this May

Registration closes March 25; scholarships available for rural participants

RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada School of Medicine will hold an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics training course in Sparks, Nevada on May 6 and 7, 2009 which is open to health care practitioners across the state.

This two-day certified training program is designed to help prevent and manage emergencies in obstetrical care and delivery.

"Our goal is to train as many Nevada healthcare providers as possible right here in our

state and have them all trained the same way," said Elissa Palmer, M.D., chair of the School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine in Las Vegas, who coordinates, directs and teaches the program. "This course is designed for maternity care providers or those who might have to deliver a baby in an emergency."

This course, dubbed ALSO, is designed to enhance the skills of physicians and other health care providers to effectively manage potential obstetrical urgency and emergencies during the prenatal period. ALSO emphasizes labor and delivery room emergencies but also covers prenatal risk assessment, first-trimester bleeding, consultant relationships and information on reducing medical malpractice risk. The course involves testing and certification status as a provider for ALSO.

Scheduled to take place at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, enrollment is limited and will close March 25. Some scholarships are available for health care practitioners in rural Nevada.

Final confirmation for attendance will be sent upon receipt of the registration fee, due by March 25 to the School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine in Las Vegas. Cost is $395 for attending physicians and $295 for midwives, providers (registered nurses, physician's attendants and emergency medical technicians) and medical residents and includes course materials, breakfast and lunch both days of the course.

Register by calling (702) 992-6887 or contact Frank Carranza via email at:

This program is supported by the Nevada State Health Division through the Trust Fund for Public Health.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.