A maternal and child health curriculum for family practice residents: results of an intervention at the University of North Carolina

Fam Med. 2003 Mar;35(3):174-80.


Background and objectives: There has been a significant reduction in the number of family physicians who provide pregnancy care. This study examines the effects of an educational intervention at a university-based family practice residency. The intervention was designed to increase the number of graduates who include prenatal care or deliveries in their practices.

Methods: The curriculum in pregnancy care was expanded to include a teaching service, better role modeling by family medicine faculty, more deliveries, stronger didactics, breast-feeding and child health services, and greater collaboration with other health care settings and professionals.

Results: The intervention increased the average percentage of residents who included prenatal care or deliveries in their practices after graduation from 27.5% to 52%.

Conclusions: This educational intervention increased the number of family practice residency graduates who plan to include prenatal care or deliveries in their practices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers*
  • Child
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers
  • Models, Organizational*
  • North Carolina
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care