Clinical faculty really are one of the most important and valued instructors in midwifery education. They teach the “art” of midwifery – the actual hands-on skills that transform a person from a midwifery student into a midwife. Just as there are different educational paths to becoming a midwife, there are also different ways in which students find and work with preceptors. In the apprenticeship-based model, a student might work with only one preceptor who teaches almost all clinical skills to the student. Students who choose to attend a school might be placed in two or more preceptor sites by a clinical coordinator at the school. They might have already learned the basics of many physical skills before ever setting foot in a clinic or meeting a client. Regardless of the logistics, the preceptor/student relationship is a crucial element in a midwife’s education.
AME provides preceptors or clinical faculty with resources for teaching clinical skills, communicating with students, giving responsible and effective feedback, setting boundaries and much more.
We welcome and encourage independent preceptors/ clinical faculty to become a member of AME.