COHI Delivers Outreach Coordinator student placement program
Nice to meet you! • I have recently joined COHI as a volunteer. I am a student midwife in Canada, who will be graduating in one years time. • Outreach Coordinator • student placement program
Midwifery in Canada • Ontario’s midwifery care model: continuity of care, informed choice, choice of birthplace. • Midwives are part of public health care system in Canada. • Midwives are primary care providers that provide prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care for normal, low-risk pregnancy and birth • Defined scope of practice • Consult as necessary • Hospital admitting privileges
Canadian Midwifery Education Program • Model is based on education in New Zealand • 4 year degree: direct entry • Bacc. of health sciences in midwifery • 5 universities (3 belong to 1 consortium, meaning one program offered at 3 locations) • 1.5 years academics only • 3 years clinical placement alongside coursework
In our program we have an elective placement that some students choose to do internationally, and it would be great if they chose COHI to facilitate this for them.
As I began to explore this program, I found that the current model would not be easily accessed by Canadian Midwifery Education Program students
Goal:Create a COHI program ideal for MEP students • Leilani, Laura, and I have been brainstorming and coming up with some program ideas that would appeal to MEP students, would be feasible (in financial terms, etc), and that would fit within the vision of COHI.
MEP placement • Parameters • 4 week elective placement in 3rd year of 4-year degree • Attending births, prenatal, postnatal, well woman, well baby care, clinical skills, condition of women internationally, etc • Approval required from MEP university and student’s insurance (CURIE)
Some ideas • Cost • $1000- $1500 USD ?? suggested by me, as I know there are programs available for this price • Important to have something available for a single student • Includes accommodation, food, placement (including local preceptor) • Student pays own airfare, tourist activities, etc • Group prices could be negotiated, and may be cheaper • Groups of 4+ might include an American preceptor
For now… • In the mean time I have collected the contact information of the MEP programs in Canada, and when we finalized what we can offer, will be in touch with the universities and their students.