MCU Student Conferences are held twice a year in April and August at the end of each semester in Salt Lake City, Utah. The beautiful, high-tech Miller Conference Center is the perfect facility for in-person, hands-on training from midwives and other healthcare specialists. Attendees have the opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Integrated assessments, for any MCU student enrolled Fall 2016 Semester onward, will also occur during each conference. In addition, the opportunity to socialize with other MCU students, instructors, midwives and MCU staff is an invaluable experience. This connection–a literal sense of place–opens the door to expanded relationships with peers and mentors. Many attendees report that conference changed their perspective as they recognized their unique place in the larger MCU community.
Classes are designed to supplement education for all ranges of experience. Throughout the week, new and seasoned midwives, students, doulas and parents can find workshops suited to their educational desires. Conference schedules and class descriptions can help identify which classes work best for you; keep in mind that some classes require a prerequisite of skills and/or experiences.
Student and Academic Class Information
With a robust online education platform, our new conference experience is leaving the academic coursework in our existing framework. Instead, conference will now focus on clinical development.
Clinical workshops at conference are designed to introduce and teach clinical skills. Though linked with periods of care, they are not guaranteed to correspond to academic classes, but with labs and skill assessments. If you were accepted prior to Fall 2016, and you are enrolled in the clinical program, clinical skills can be assessed and possibly signed off at any time during your tenure as a student. You do not need to have your lab classes open in order to have skills signed off. Skills will only be signed off if the student can show competency in the skill. If it is your first time learning about and practicing a skill, you will most likely NOT be signed off.
If you were accepted in Fall 2016 or afterward, these workshops are designed to introduce you to the skills. After the workshop, you can practice the skills; when competent, you can register to take the appropriate skill assessment offered at in conjunction with MCU Student Conference.