1. What is the FACNM?
The FACNM is an abbreviation for the Fellows of the ACNM.
2. What is a Fellow?
The Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. FACNM represents the commitment of the ACNM to honor our own. In light of the vast wealth of expertise and collective wisdom represented within the body of Fellows, its mission is to serve the ACNM in a consultative and advisory capacity. The ACNM Fellowship program was established in 1994. There have been about 350 ACNM members thus far inducted as Fellows.
3. How do I become a Fellow?
Each year, the FACNM Board of Governors (BOG) elects new Fellows-at-Large from a slate of applicants. Fellowship is conferred for the lifetime of the individual and can only be revoked by a two-thirds vote of the FACNM Board of Governors (BOG). In addition to being certified by AMCB and having sustained active or associate membership within the ACNM for a minimum of 5 consecutive years, elected Fellows must also meet certain criteria.
4. Who are the Fellows of the ACNM?
The vast majority of Fellows are Fellows at Large, of which there are over 350. Each year, Fellows at Large are inducted into Fellowship at the ACNM Annual Meeting.
There are also Distinguished Fellows, which include all ACNM presidents and Hattie Hemschemeyer Award recipients. Distinguished Fellowship is conferred for the lifetime of the individual and can only be revoked by a two-thirds vote of the FACNM Board of Governors (BOG).
Honored Fellowship was a special recognition bestowed by the FACNM Board of Governors to midwives who had accrued outstanding achievements within the midwifery profession, ACNM, and/or women's health care field during a career that spanned more than four decades. Up to four individuals a year were invited into Fellowship by the BOG, bypassing the usual application process. They were designated lifetime Honored Fellows of the ACNM. This category of fellowship was retired in 2004.
5. What is the Fellows Board of Governors (BOG)?
The FACNM Board of Governors (BOG) consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 7 elected Regional Governors and 2 Governors at Large. These are elected positions and serve a three year term, with the option to renew for a 2nd term. Regional Governors represent the same regions as are in the ACNM. All elected members of the BOG are already Fellows in the ACNM. The job descriptions are included in the FACNM BOG Standing Rules of Procedure.
6. What is the Fellows' Talk?
The Fellows' Talk was established in 2009 as one opportunity for giving back to the ACNM. It is a CE session at the ACNM Annual Meeting presented by several Fellows and a highlights a current topic of interest to the membership. If you have any suggestions for a topic, please contact your Regional Representative to the FACNM Board of Governors.