McMaster University

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Announcement —Assistant Dean, Midwifery Education Program

Eileen Hutton

Eileen Hutton, B.N.Sc., PhD, Cert. of Midwifery

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dated: January 1, 2007

From: Susan Denburg, PhD, Associate Vice-President, Academic, Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eileen Hutton as Assistant Dean, Midwifery Education Program and Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology effective January 1, 2007.

Dr. Hutton graduated with a BNSc in Nursing (Queen’s University, 1974), MScN in Parent Child Nursing (University of Toronto, 1985), a Certificate in Midwifery (Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, 1993), and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Toronto, 2003).  Dr. Hutton is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Career Scholar (2004); a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Investigator Award (2004); and Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Research Fellowships (1998-02 and 2002-03).  In June, 2006, Dr. Hutton was presented with the Western Regional Award by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada in recognition of her leadership in research and education. 

Dr. Hutton’s clinical experience is in obstetrical nursing and midwifery.  Her research interest lies in clinical practice pertaining to normal childbirth with a particular focus on clinical trial methodology, transdisciplinary research and knowledge translation.  She is currently principal investigator of a large, international, randomized controlled trial focusing on turning breech babies, "The Early External Cephalic Version 2 Trial", and co-investigator of the "Twin Birth Study", both funded by the CIHR.

Contributing significantly to the development of Midwifery in Canada, Dr. Hutton has held many positions in local, provincial and national organisations.  An appointed member (Ontario Government) Ontario Midwifery Education Curriculum Design Committee, Dr. Hutton was part of the team which made recommendations for the development of the Midwifery Education Program in Ontario, and provided the prototype for the University of British Columbia Program. She has been active in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), playing a pivotal role in representing her profession as the first midwife associate member to Council, and the first midwife on the Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) committee.  Dr. Hutton is currently co-chair of the International Women’s Committee for the SOGC.  She is a past president of the Association of Ontario Midwives, and a founder and current co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice.

Dr. Hutton held an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University from 1993 – 2003.  She was among the first faculty at McMaster involved with curriculum development, problem based tutoring and working with preceptors during the development and implementation of the Midwifery Education Program.

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