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New assistant dean named for midwifery program

Published: December 15 , 2006
Eileen Hutton
Eileen Hutton has been appointed Assistant Dean of the Midwifery Education Program.

A nurse and midwife who has made significant contributions to the development of midwifery in Canada is returning to McMaster University as Assistant Dean of the Midwifery Education Program.

Eileen Hutton, who was an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine from 1993 to 2003, will begin her new position on Jan. 1, 2007. She has also been appointed an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Since 2003, Hutton has been an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in the Division of Midwifery and the Child and Family Research Institute.

She has held many positions in local, provincial and national organizations. As an appointed member (Ontario Government) of the Ontario Midwifery Education Curriculum Design Committee, 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. During her earlier years at McMaster, she was among the first faculty involved with curriculum development, problem based tutoring and working with preceptors during the development and implementation of the Midwifery Education 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. 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.

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 has a B.Sc. 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).

Hutton has received 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, she was presented with the Western Regional Award by the SOGC in recognition of her leadership in research and education.

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