FOJP Optimal Outcomes


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This case-based curriculum incorporates the latest NICHD terminology and trains clinicians to accurately interpret and communicate critical fetal heart rate features and take appropriate action. The course is comprised of six case studies, didactic presentations, a pattern recognition workshop and the final examination.

Contributors to the course include:

Thomas Kerenyi, MD, FACOG
Course Director
Associate Clinical Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Erin DuPree, MD, FACOG
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Vice President for Patient Safety
Vice Chair of Quality, OB/GYN and Reproductive Services
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Nathan Fox, MD, FACOG
Clinical Content Director
Assistant Clinical Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mark Callahan, MD
Senior Vice President and
Chief Medical Officer
FOJP Service Corporation

Peter Bernstein, MD, FACOG
Director, Institute for Women’s Health
Montefiore Medical Center

Loraine O’Neill, RN, MPH
Performance Improvement Coordinator
The Office of Excellence in Patient Care
The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Charles Lockwood, MD, FACOG
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yale School of Medicine

Lucille Nassery, RNC
Clinical Nurse Manager
Labor and Delivery
The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Joanne Stone, MD, FACOG
Division Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Irene Kassel, BSN, RN
Operations Project Coordinator
FOJP Service Corporation

The timely and accurate interpretation and communication of fetal heart rate tracings and the identification of appropriate interventions are critical to optimal patient care. Via its case-based curriculum, the FOJP/Optimal Outcomes program educates and evaluates physicians, nurses, and other experienced clinicians in fetal heart monitor tracing interpretation consistent with the latest NICHD guidelines—both the 2008 revision and the 2010 VBAC update.  The course begins with an optional introductory module to orient users to the latest terminology and related considerations.  This can be accessed at any time in the course as a refresher.

Real-life cases and actual tracings provide a realistic learning experience that is relevant and adaptable to a variety of OB practice settings. The case simulator presents a series of six cases, time point by time point. Didactic materials relevant to the principles and practice issues raised at each time point add context to the clinical story by presenting select topics at their most teachable moments. Course participants are challenged to interpret the tracings and make judgments based on the unfolding clinical story.  “Advisor Opinion” tabs facilitate   access to brief, audio-visual, expert comments and opinions which help focus attention on key case features.

The Pattern Recognition Workshop provides an interactive, visual learning experience. Its YardstickTM tools allow users to objectively measure and identify tracing features according to the NICHD guidelines and nomenclature.

Knowledge is tested regularly throughout the course and in the 25-question final examination.

This course has been approved for 9 AMA PRA Category 1 credits; granted 0.9 specialty credits by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM); and awarded 9 contact hours for nurses.

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