FCCS: Obstetrics Consultant, Instructor, and Director Criteria

Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics (FCCS: OB) is delivered by licensing institutions through the work of qualified consultants, instructors, and directors. Each of the educational roles has specific responsibilities and eligibility requirements. 

It is strongly suggested that each FCCS: OB course include at least one instructor who is a qualified obstetrician/gynecologist or maternal/fetal medicine physician.

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Being a licensed course instructor provides the instructor with opportunities to educate others in his/her own community and around the world.

Responsibilities
  • Present lecture and/or skill station materials, as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS instructors who have taken  an FCCS: OB course
  • Critical care physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, maternal/fetal medicine physicians, physician consultant specialists (eg, cardiologists, neurologists,), nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists
  • Providers who are non-FCCS instructors must meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below to fulfill eligibility requirements.
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Proof of obstetrics/gynecology board certification or board eligibility for certification, as well as proof of at least 50% clinical practice and labor and delivery managementfrom a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degreee, as well as proof of minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
  • Graduate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor delivery management form a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner
  • Baccalaureate or higher degreee with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officaor or hospital administrator**
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree or specialty in critical care, or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.
**Clinical practice and labor and delivery management refers to the management of pregnant patients, including inpatient management of labor, performance of deliveries, and care of the postpartum patient. Critical care-certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors on successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ration requirement may require a review before instructor status is granted.

Application Requirements
 
Current FCCS Instructors Providers Who Meet Eligibility Criteria
(Non-FCCS Instructors)
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Submit the online instructor application
  3. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course (presentation and/or skill station) within two years of submitting the instructor application
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Complete the instructor curriculum
  3. Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, letter supporting critical care practice ratio or labor and delivery management practice ratio
  4. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course within two years of submitting the instructor application

Maintaining FCCS: OB Instructor Status
Instructor status will expire in two years unless the instructor:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and or practice ration in critical care or labor and delivery and management
  • Teaches in at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS: OB Instructor Application Online Form​​

FCCS: OB Instructor Letter - Critical Care Practice Ratio

FCCS: OB Instructor Letter - Labor and Delivery Management Practice Ratio
The director ensures that the course runs smoothly and is consistent with SCCM’s goals, objectives, and vision. The course director may also fulfill the course coordinator role and can be considered one of the two required FCCS: OB instructors.


Responsibilities
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing educations/continuing medical education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB instructors
  • Current FCCS directors may also serve as directors for FCCS: OB courses. This activity will count to fulfill the teaching component(s) should he/she choose to submit a course instructor application.
Application Requirements
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS or FCCS: OB consultant (for at least one course)
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
Maintaining FCCS: OB Director Status
Director status expires in two years unless director:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualitfications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery management
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS:OB Director Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Director Letter of Recommendation​​​
 

A course consultant is required for first-time sites, coordinators, and directors. Considered an expert in the FCCS: OB program, the consultant is very familiar with all aspects of the course content and administration. The course consultant will provide guidance from course planning through completion—helping with organization, administrative issues during setup, and evaluating the initial course presentation. The consultant may serve as an instructor but may not lead skill stations. The site is responsible for selecting the course consultant.

Responsibilities

  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekley, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Assess with the course director and coordinator after the first of second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship, evaluate the course, and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Complete the course site evaluation form
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB directors who maintain SCCM membership
  • Current FCCS consultants may also serve as consultants for FCCS: OB courses. This activity will count to fulfill the teaching component(s) should the consultant choose to submit a course instructor application.
Application
  • Submit the online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Teach and/or direct in at least one FCCS: OB courses in the past two years
Maintaining FCCS: OB Consultant Status
Consultant status will expire in two years unless the consultant:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery managment
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years
  • Maintains SCCM membership

FCCS: OB Consultant Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Consultant Letter of Recommendation​