Innovations Golden Apple Grant Recipients
Final Reports April 2002
a Virtual Midwifery Practice to Provide Midwifery, Physician Assistant,
and Nursing Students Lifelike Experiences Not Always
Available in Clinical Sites
Gregory, Midwifery Program, Medical Campus
Midwifery Program, Medical Campus
grant will support the development of a Virtual Midwifery
Practice in which students will assess given subjective
and objective data at each prenatal visit and order appropriate
lab and consultations in order to develop a care plan for
simulated patients. Fabricated patient information will
include complete history and PE, lab values, test results,
consultation reports and assessments made at each prenatal
visit. The students will follow and chart patient progress
throughout pregnancy and determine recommended care, education,
consultations, and referrals.
The virtual midwifery
practices are currently being implemented in the MDW 1100C
course with 12 students. There are four active practices,
each with four virtual clients and three students. The
students go to the student success center where they download
information on their clients, order labs and consultations.
They then take this information to the classroom where
they enter it into charts, role-play client interactions
within their groups, and receive guidance from faculty.
Each week their charts are audited by faculty and feedback
is given for improvement. On Friday of each week the individual
practices posts their on-call list indicating whom will
be on call, when. Each practice must have coverage 24x7.
One phone call is made by a virtual client (faulty posing
as the client) to each practice with a “problem” every
week. The student on call then manages the call and in
class of the following week she reports on her call and
how she managed it. Faculty and other students, who have
received similar calls, give feedback.
Due to the fact
that this is the initial time that the online program is
being used by students it has not yet been put on the college
web site. We are running it (and debugging as we go) through
an outside web site. You may view it at: http://www.nth-term.net/vmp/ The
administration login is admin and password is awebwork.
If you change anything in this area please change it back
or let Diann know as students are actively using it and
this could affect our daily progress. Students log-in by
their practice. To view these you may log-in as lovingcare
and use the password baby or as babiesrus password mother.
If you order any labs or consultations Diann will have
to reset the program so that the students can get into
the program as they only get one opportunity to do these
tasks We would like you to be able to view these parts
of the program but please contact Diann after you do so
that the program can be reset for the students prior to
the next class day. The other active practices are angelcare
with password of postpartum and thegentlebirthplace with
password of midwife. I will forward a copy of a student
chart to the office through the mail.
See below for handouts.
It is too soon to do a formal evaluation of the project. However
the students are asked at every session to share suggestions
for improvement and to feel free to offer constructive criticism
on the project. Thus far comments have been all positive. “I
am learning a lot.” “I won’t forget that now” “After
I got off the phone with you I had some real second thoughts
about my advice, I should have said…”etc. A formal
evaluation will be distributed at the end of the term when the
||We will present this
project at the March Professional Development Day 2003 on
We are also preparing a proposal to League for Innovations Conference
on Instructional Technology to be submitted within a few days for
presentation in October if accepted.