The MEP has restructured the allocation of midwifery clinical placements for midwifery students across the three program sites. Until now, midwifery clinical placements have been centrally coordinated. Going forward, midwifery clinical placements, and third year hospital/community placements will be coordinated locally by each of the three program sites. Each midwifery practice group has been assigned to one of the three universities as a placement site and students will now be placed with practices affiliated with their specific university.
The McMaster student placement area spans from Oakville to Windsor and Guelph to Niagara Falls. Each midwifery practice group has been assigned to one of the three universities as a placement site and students will now be placed with practices affiliated with their specific university. Click here to view midwifery practices affiliated with McMaster. Please note: if there is a shortage of placements in McMaster region, it is possible that placements will be offered from other two sites.
Expectations of Students during Clinical Placements
Clinical terms comprise at least half of the program and students need to be prepared for the following:
- You need to be ready to work long and unpredictable hours.
- It is not possible to maintain a part-time job.
- Students must be prepared to relocate for clinical terms.
- Students must be prepared to assume all transportation costs.
- Students are required to travel to more than one site per day including to clients homes, hospital and clinic sites.
- Students must have access to a vehicle and hold a G2 or G licence prior to the first clinical placement course and for all subsequent placement courses.
- Students must have a cell phone for all placement courses.
Living Arrangements during Clinical Placement
During a clinical placement, students are expected to live within a reasonable travel distance to the practice workplace according to the norm of their allocated practice in order to appropriately attend to clinical care and meet course objectives. A common standard is a 30 minute travel time to the midwifery practice in regular travel conditions.