Curriculum Development Workshop
The Caribbean Regional Midwives Association (CRMA) was formed in April 2012 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization of midwives representing midwifery organizations and associations from the member states of the Caribbean area. The vision of CRMA is to unite midwives in the region to provide excellent midwifery care to childbearing families and advance midwifery practice. The mission of CRMA is to provide and promote high-quality standards of midwifery care to meet the needs of women and their families through Advocacy, Education, Research, Practice and Leadership.
There are 13 country members of CRMA and the most recent activity is a 2-day Curriculum Development Workshop held on July 7and 8, 2014 in St. John Antigua. The purpose and objectives of the workshop were:
1. Think broadly about opportunities and challenges to creating a regional midwifery collaborative.
2. Explore specific information related to policy, curricula, and clinical teaching in the region.
3. Review and analyse data provided by participants as basis for discussion of opportunities and challenges.
4. Draw inferences for next steps in creating regional midwifery collaborative.
The workshop was attended by participants from 9 member countries. Welcome greetings were delivered by Edson Joseph, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Antigua and by Elnora Warner, Chief Nursing Officer, Antigua and Chair of the Regional Nursing Body.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Judith Fullerton, Jphiego consultant and Dr. Catherine Carr, Jphiego Senior Technical Advisor, assisted by 4 master teachers from the CRMA: Marcia Rollock, Arlene Euin, Rose Hutton and Irene dela Torre. Administrative and financial supports were provided by USAID, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and CRMA.
Using ICM tools developed and revised by Dr. Fullerton for the workshop, the participants were divided into 3 groups:
1. Educators used the curriculum mapping tool to see where competencies appear in their curricula
2. Policy makers used a “reverse task analysis tool” to rate importance of competencies in their countries
3. Preceptors adapted the competency self-assessment tool for themselves as well as based on their knowledge of clinical preceptors in their countries
A review and analysis of data generated from the group work led to planning of follow-up activities at country levels and next steps towards creating a regional midwifery collaborative.
The workshop was followed on the 3rd day, July 9 with the annual general meeting (AGA) of CRMA and new officers were elected for a 3-year term and members volunteered for the different standing committees. The day was capped with a tour of the island, courtesy of Mr. Edson Joseph