How Should APLS Course Material Be Presented?
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​​​​How Should APLS Course Material Be Presented?​

There are three formats for presenting the APLS modules during a course: 

The Lecture format is designed for presentation to the entire group by one Faculty member. On the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM, there is a Lecture folder. Inside the folder are ready-to-use PowerPoint Lecture presentations. Each Lecture includes at least three cases and supporting images, and covers diagnosis, testing, treatment, disposition, complications, and other relevant information on case outcome. Each Lecture is designed to be presented in 45 minutes.

Why Do Some Lectures Have Two Parts?
Six of the key APLS modules-Airway, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Trauma, Medical, Radiology-simply were too big to be covered in one 45-minute Lecture, so the APLS Steering Committee created a Part I and a Part II for each module to give Course Directors more options. In general, the Part I Lecture is the preferred of the two, but Course Directors have the flexibility to choose either. Course Directors also can use Part II Lectures in the Course Director's Option section of the 2-Day Course Schedule.

Small Group Discussion
The Small Group Discussion format is designed for smaller breakout sessions, such as those for Central Nervous System and Cardiovascular System on Day 1 of the 2-day schedule. Ideally, these small groups will comprise six to eight students per Faculty member. Case scenarios for the Small Group Discussions are in the Small Group Discussions folder on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM. They follow a different template from the Lecture format, but use the same content. In general, the Small Group Discussion presentations feature more student interaction than the Lecture presentations. Each one is designed to be presented in 45 minutes.

Skill Station
The Skill Station format is designed for demonstrating and teaching hands-on skills and allowing students to practice these skills under the Faculty's supervision. There are six APLS Skill Stations, and the teaching materials are found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM in the Skill Station folder. Each one begins with general information on setting up the Skill Station, room and equipment requirements, and suggestions on how to demonstrate and teach the skills. There is a detailed Skill Sheet for each procedure that includes step-by-step instructions, so they can be used as student handouts. The six Skill Stations are Airway Procedures, Advanced Airway Procedures, Cardiovascular Procedures, Wound Closure, Splinting, and Advanced Trauma Procedures.

APLS Course Equipment Lists of equipment needed for Skill Stations are found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM or by clicking here. Select the Skill Station you plan to conduct, then compile your master list of equipment needed for each Skill Station​.​

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