ACNM Ultrasound Education Task Force
In 2013, the ACNM Board of Directors approved the formation of a joint task force with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to explore how best to support midwives’ ability to become credentialed and reimbursed for performing ultrasound. There are two groups of ACNM members working on this charge. A group of midwife ultrasound experts have formed the “Midwives Examination Development Task Force” and are working collaboratively with ARDMS to create a midwife specific exam. Those midwives will be working directly to create specific test questions that determine knowledge of technology and midwifery management of care when ultrasound is utilized. In February of 2014 the ACNM Ultrasound Education Task Force was created and charged by the Board of Directors to establish access for members to didactic ultrasound education and hands-on clinical training for the development of a defined ultrasound curriculum. Two subcommittees are currently working on developing midwifery education content and opportunities for hands-on experience. The task force has agreed to adapt a rubric originally published by Lathrop and Blackburn (2011) for members to use to develop a portfolio to document competency achievement for hands-on ultrasound care. In addition, the Task Force will be accountable for reviewing available programs for potential partnerships and advising on the development of new ACNM content or program opportunities. Learn more about the ARDMS Midwife Sonography Certificate examination.
By the completion of the clinical component, each midwife will be able to perform OB/GYN ultrasounds by successfully visualizing each anatomic structure and obtaining the necessary measurements in the following areas: physics and instrumentation relevant to the exam being performed. Instruction will include,
Currently, there is no recognized mechanism that is tailored to the midwifery scope of practice that enables midwives to demonstrate their proficiency in ultrasound. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) will introduce an ultrasound exam specifically designed for midwives. ARDMS has conducted a job task analysis to define the scope of this exam. Notification of the projected examination dates will be forthcoming.
ACNM (2012) Position Statement: Midwives’ Performance of Ultrasound in Clinical Practice, retrieved from http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ACNMLibraryData/UPLOADFILENAME/000000000228/Ultrasound%20position%20statement%20June%202012.pdf.
ACNM (2011) Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, retrieved from http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ACNMLibraryData/UPLOADFILENAME/000000000051/Standards_for_Practice_of_Midwifery_Sept_2011.pdf.
ACNM (2010) Position Statement: Midwives’ Performance of Ultrasound in Clinical Practice, retrieved from http://ultrasound.wikispaces.com/file/view/ACNM+US+Position+2010.pdf.
ACOG (2009). Ultrasonography in pregnancy. Practice Bulletin 101, retrieved from http://www.acog.org/~/media/Practice%20Bulletins/Committee%20on%20Practice%20Bulletins%20--%20Obstetrics/pb101.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20140828T1112546585.
AIUM (2007) AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations, retrieved from http://www.aium.org/resources/guidelines/obstetric.pdf.
For more information, please contact ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard at (240) 485-1842 or [email protected].