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Midwifery Education Program Faculty

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Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM

e-mail: ronnie.lichtman@downstate.edu

Professor and Chairperson, Midwifery Education Program

"Midwifery has been more than a career for me. It has been a guide for my entire life. My commitment in midwifery education is the attainment of academic excellence and diversity of students and faculty. My commitment in practice is the highest quality care provided in the most caring and compassionate way for all women."

Academic Responsibilities:

On-line course coordination, Research I and Research II; Coordination, Professional Issues and Leadership in Midwifery.


Experience:

Professor Lichtman's main commitment has been to midwifery education. She has taught midwifery at Columbia University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also directed both midwifery educational programs. Despite her primary commitment to education, Professor Lichtman has always practiced midwifery. She has worked clinically at North Central Bronx Hospital, Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University Student Health Science, the New York State Maternal-Infant Care/Family Planning Projects, and Planned Parenthood. She maintains a private practice, largely devoted to well-woman gynecology.


Contributions to the Profession:

Professor Lichtman was inducted into the ACNM fellowship in 2004. She has been Nominating Committee Chair for both national and local ACNM. She has served on the Education Committee for the national ACNM and the Public Relations Committee for the NYC chapter. Professor Lichtman has also served on the ACNM Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion as the representative of the Directors of Midwifery Education, the Task Force on Doctoral Competencies and on the Task Force on Re-entry to Practice. Professor Lichtman helped found the Peer Review Committee for the chapter. She is a Board member of the Caribbean Women's Health Association. Professor Lichtman has published extensively, including the award winning textbook, Gynecology: Well-woman Care with Susan Papera, and the extensive revision of Dr. Guttmacher's Pregnancy, Birth and Family, a collaborative effort with two obstetrician-gynecologists. Shehas served as an Editorial Consultant to the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

Professor Lichtman has spoken at local and national conferences on a variety of topics, mostly relating to well-woman gynecology and midwifery education.


Research

Professor Lichtman's doctoral dissertation was on Psychosocial Factors and Pregnancy Outcome. Findings were presented at the Research Forum at an ACNM Annual Meeting and at Research Day at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently the Principal Investigator, with Suzanne Schechter, on comparing outcomes between CNM and CM graduates of the SUNY Downstate Midwifery Education Program.


Education:

MS in Maternity Nursing, specialization in Midwifery, Columbia University

Fellowship in Midwifery, SUNY Downstate

MPhil and PhD in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University