SMFM and SFP Bridge Builder Award: Joshua Nitsche
Abortion, Contraception
Awarded 2020
SMFM and SFP Bridge Builder
Joshua Nitsche, MD, PhD
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, where I am able to balance my passions for women’s health care and medical education. I came to Wake Forest just after completing an OB/GYN residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During fellowship I developed a keen interest in medical education and simulation. My current research focuses on medical education in general and procedural training in particular. As a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, I have helped develop educational materials and have directed numerous regional, national, and international courses and simulation workshops. My interest in family planning started as a junior faculty member at Wake Forest when I expanded the comprehensive reproductive care offered by our department. As part of these efforts I completed the Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy and spearheaded our department’s application to the Ryan Residency Program. From these experiences I have seen firsthand how collaborations between Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Family Planning specialists can lead to better patient care and provider training. Moving forward I would like to create new collaborations that take advantage of my skills as a medical educator to improve provider training in, and thereby patient access to, reproductive care across the country.