Curriculum Planner position

The Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium seeks a Curriculum Planner The Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (Consortium) is seeking a Curriculum Planner to oversee the development of curriculum during the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program (MMBP) Implementation Phase.

General Information The Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program is a project of the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (CMRC), an umbrella group of regulatory organizations in the six provinces and territories where midwifery is currently regulated1. More information about the CMRC is available at www.cmrc-ccosf.ca.

The overall goal of the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program (MMBP) is to ensure that Canadian women have access to maternity care by increasing the number of internationally-educated midwives (IEMs) working in Canada. The MMBP will provide educational and clinical upgrading that enables IEMs to meet provincial/territorial registration requirements and to successfully complete registration examinations. The project is funded through a financial contribution from Health Canada via the Western and Northern Health Human Resources Planning Forum (“the Forum”) and by members of the CMRC. Details on the proposed structure of the MMBP can be found in Appendix 1 of this posting.

During the MMBP Research Phase, midwifery regulators carried out three research activities to inform the development of a detailed workplan. These included a Needs Assessment, an Environmental Scan and a Best Practices Review. The Needs Assessment determined exactly what skill and knowledge areas must be covered in the curriculum in order to ensure that the IEMs in the program meet entry-level competency requirements for registration. The Environmental Scan identified current courses and programs that might be able to be used as is or be adapted for use in the MMBP. The Best Practices Review involved research into key aspects of current bridging programs to ascertain how best to develop and implement a bridging program for midwives.

Additional research was carried out on distance education, on principles of multicultural adult learning, and on stakeholder views regarding midwifery bridging programs. Reports from the MMBP Research Phase can be found at http://www.cmrc.ccosf.ca. The MMBP Implementation Phase is a three-year project (2007-2010) that will draw on the findings of the MMBP Research Phase in implementing the workplan to launch the MMBP.

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