Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist Maria Small, MD, MPH, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, Kentucky. The university is a top rated university that educates advanced practice nurses, including nurse midwives, to work in underserved areas of rural and other parts of all 50 states. Its graduates are highly successful, and their board pass rate is higher than the national average. FNU offers online education combined with campus courses and clinical experience under guidance of clinical preceptors from their local communities that are on the FNU faculty. Duke has several CNMs on staff who trained at FNU. FNU awards Master's and Doctor of Nursing practice degrees.
Dr. Small also has assumed the position of Chair of the Ob/Gyn Section of the National Medical Association at its virtual annual meeting in Atlanta on August 2, 2020. Symposium Keynote Speaker was Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At the meeting, Dr. Small moderated a session on COVID-19 in the Black community. Former Duke Ob/Gyn Chair Haywood Brown, MD, spoke on telehealth, and former Duke Ob/Gyn resident Charlotte Gamble, MD, MPH, currently a fellow in gynecologic oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine, moderated section on that topic.