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Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs.  The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.

ACNM/ACOG Maternity Care Education and Practice Redesign

Theme: Interprofessional Education and Teamwork, New Curriculum Content

Institution: American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Grant Type: Board Grant

Award Amount: $374,266

Grant Awarded: October 2016

Principal Investigator: Melissa Avery, PhD, CNM and John Jennings, MD

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in partnership with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) will develop a joint curriculum for nurse midwife graduate students and obstetrical residents at four pilot sites. Each site will develop and implement an IPE curriculum, including didactic, laboratory simulation, and clinical practice experiences for graduate midwifery students and ob-gyn residents at their sites. Learning materials will be shared and collated through ACNM, and a model IPE curriculum for use by others will be accessible by the end of the project. Results will be analyzed and presented to both organizations as well as presented nationally and submitted for publication. The immediate goals are to prepare learners for collaborative practice, align the core competencies in the professions and increase the number of nurse midwife graduates. The long term goal is to help address the critical issues of access to quality obstetrical care in the US.

This project builds on the work of the ACNM-ACOG Interprofessional Education Workgroup, established two years ago, to plan the development of a model IPE curriculum to change practice and increase the maternity care workforce. The group includes members of the accrediting agencies for each organization who will develop IPE criteria for accreditation that will be adopted by both professions.
Principal Investigators: Melissa Avery,