Table 1.

Strategies to support training in family medicine maternity care

Ensure sufficient clinical exposureEducational leads ensure that residents’ clinical rotations in obstetrics and family medicine allow for adequate clinical exposure to develop competence and confidence in family medicine maternity care
Make recruiting skilled teachers a priorityDepartment chief or chair prioritizes the recruitment of skilled family medicine maternity care providers who will serve as teachers and positive role models. Community physicians who contribute to family medicine maternity care teaching are recognized for their efforts and commitment
Direct funds to educational infrastructureFamily medicine leaders direct funds to infrastructure that support the educational program, including ...
  • administrative support

  • protected time for teaching

  • faculty development opportunities, program evaluation, and improvement initiatives

Build positive relationships across disciplinesClinical and educational leaders across disciplines deliberately build and maintain positive relationships
Address impediments at the hospital levelLeaders address any negative interactions or impediments in labour and delivery or at the hospital level
Be committed to supporting new graduatesFamily medicine maternity care community commits intentionally to supporting new graduates who wish to participate in family medicine maternity care. Examples of these support strategies might include the following:
  • adjusting existing on-call arrangements

  • mentoring new graduates

  • facilitating hospital privileges