One of two obstetricians on the Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Board, Peter Schwartz, MD brings a unique perspective to Frontier.
Peter has assisted in over 4,000 births, but believes that the future of excellence in women’s health care requires more reliance on nurse-midwives. FNU has a reputation for promoting cohesive interactions between nurse-midwives and physicians, and Peter supports that goal with his decisions on the Board.
“The future of obstetrics and gynecology dictates the need for a greater prominence of midwifery,” he said. “It also extols the virtue of training nurse-midwives and obstetrical residents together where suitable for both disciplines.”
Peter also has a passion to improve women’s health globally and has made several trips to Ethiopia, where he is helping the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists create their first code of medical ethics.
Stateside, Peter is one of eight physicians on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. This unit is responsible for maintaining and creating AMA’s Code of Ethics. During his seven-year appointment, Peter and his colleagues will work on opinions on issues such as physician-assisted suicide and global health ethics.
Peter has enjoyed his time on the FNU board and the talented group of people with whom he has served. He appreciates how the Board’s diversity in professional backgrounds, gender, ethnicity and age creates a cauldron of varying and stimulating opinions.
“My work has been very gratifying,” he said. “Every time I think I may be giving back, I realize that I am getting more than I am giving.”
Thank you for your dedicated service, Peter!