- 1. I am interested in hosting a GMAA course. How can I get started?
We are always interested in hearing from sites that would like to host a GMAA Course. Submit an application letter (no less than 300 words) stating your personal and institution information, and what course(s) interest you.
Public courses (for facilities that can hold over 30 participants) are scheduled based on location and availability, typically months in advance.
Private courses (which are open only to employees of the host institution) can be scheduled based on a host's needs. For private courses, we can also create a customized course covering the topics and techniques a host specifies.
- 2. How do I determine which course I should take?
The best way to decide which course to choose is to check out the course overview and objectives on each course page to see if they match your goals and target patient population.
Also, review the prerequisites listed on the course page. Some courses are part of a series and it is not recommended that they be taken out of order (see above regarding info on prerequisites). On the Level Course Page, you can check out the courses organized by level of difficulty.
If you would like additional guidance on which course offering best fits your goals and target patient population, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to guide you into an event that best suits your needs.
- 3.There are no events scheduled for the course I want to take. When will this course will be available?
The course events we posted on our site are all confirmed and on contract. If the course you've always been wanting to take doesn't have a confirmed date, we may be waiting for the lecturer to send us back the contract, or are looking for site hosts for a given offering. We are happy to let you know the status of any events that are in progress but have not yet been posted on our website.
If you want to have an event in your area, please contact us.
- 4.When I will receive my confirmation after registering?
Once you complete your course registration, you will receive your confirmation, sent to your registered email, within minutes. In keeping with our committment to being GREEN, no confirmation will be sent by via snail mail.
- 5.How do I know if the course is full?
If a course no longer has any open seats, the course's SOLD OUT status will be clearly displayed on the Education page. If there is no mention of a course being full, then the course is still open and seats are available.
- 6.How can I pay for membership and registration?
Registrations are first come, first served. Registrants may pay by check via mail. In order to register in this manner, registrants MUST contact us (via phone, email, or web submission form) and request an invoice for the course that they wish to attend.
- 7.Do we offer a discount for a group of participants registering as a group?
We offer a 10-25% discount for six or more participants that register as a group according to the course level. For six or more participants, contact in order to be invoiced properly. We will ONLY extend this discount to registrations that are received at the same time. It is not possible to receive this discount if registrants send in their forms or online registrations at different times.
- 8.I have never taken a GMAA Pelvic Floor series course before. What can I expect in courses that include internal lab work?
Many GMAA courses, including the Pelvic Floor Series, include hands-on lab work in which participants will be trained to perform pelvic floor muscle examinations. After an introduction to pelvic floor anatomy, the rationale, indications and contraindications of internal examination will be reviewed. Pelvic floor lab work includes external genitalia identification, palpation externally of pelvic floor muscles and surface anatomy, digital vaginal or rectal palpation of the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic floor muscle testing/pelvic prolapse evaluations.
Labs will take place in a large open room with an instructor to participant ratio of 1:10. During lab time, participants will be asked to work in pairs, taking turns acting as both "models" and evaluators. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs. Privacy screens are not a part of lab room set up, and sheets are provided for privacy draping. Instructors and lab technicians will make their way around the room to offer guidance and answer any questions.
For the sake of personal safety, participants who are pregnant or have medical considerations are only able to attend the courses after our assessment and examination. They are allowed to act as an observer in group of three participants.