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Pioneering a Universal Curriculum: A Look at Six Disciplines Involved in Women's Health Care

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  • Janice Taleff CNM, MSN,

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      Duke University Medical Center, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DUMC Box 2818, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: janice.taleff@duke.edu
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    • Janice Taleff, CNM, MSN, is in clinical practice at Duke Nurse-Midwifery Service in Durham, NC. Formerly Clinical Assistant Professor at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Greenville, NC.

  • Jan Salstrom CNM, MSN,

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    1. East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Greenville, NC
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  • Edward R. Newton MD

    Professor and Chair
    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC
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Duke University Medical Center, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DUMC Box 2818, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: janice.taleff@duke.edu

Abstract

This paper describes a multidisciplinary project of curriculum development and implementation at one university. Universal learning concepts for six health care disciplines in women's health, including nurse-midwifery, are being piloted in an online classroom environment. This multidisciplinary team approach to education distributes the work load, invites experts to share resources, and avoids the duplication of resources across the university departments and schools. This project provides midwifery faculty the opportunity to introduce a new educational paradigm and model the midwifery approach to holistic health care.

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