Course Development and Curricular Design Research Abstracts UME - Preclinical

Breastfeeding Basics: Are Our Future Providers Prepared? A Curriculum Comparison

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Course Development and Curricular Design
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Undergraduate Medical Education - Pre-clinical Education Faculty
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Research Abstracts
Rachel Hm Baldwin, OMS-III, RVUCOM
Alexandra G Koontz, OMS-III, RVUCOM

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Joel Roberts, MD, RVUCOM

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A substantial proportion of infants in the U.S. are not exclusively breastfed for 6 months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Because of the proven short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, the AAP states low breastfeeding rates should be considered a public health issue and not just a lifestyle choice (Pediatrics, 2012). Appropriate and comprehensive breastfeeding curriculum for future healthcare providers is critical if we are to advance education, advocate wellness for our patients, and address this public health issue. Our study investigates differences in content knowledge and self-rated confidence discussing breastfeeding between participants (students, staff, and faculty) exposed to current Rocky Vista University curriculum and the same curriculum plus an additional 3-hour lecture series provided by a content expert. Our results show the addition of content expert curriculum increased both content knowledge and confidence discussing breastfeeding. Increasing breastfeeding education during the pre-clinical years may increase the quantity and quality of breastfeeding counseling. By addressing gaps in breastfeeding curriculum, we can prepare our students and providers to advocate wellness and aid in the public health issue of low breastfeeding rates, therefore improving patient outcomes.