The UW MFM Fellowship has particular strengths in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research, biostatistics and epidemiology training, and global health.
These areas of strength provide UW MFM fellows with unique learning opportunities that enhance their ability to conduct meaningful research, interpret clinical studies and practice evidence-based medicine. The UW MFM Fellowship has the following global, over-arching educational objectives:
Fellows will develop an appreciation of the complexity of clinical and translational research design.
This goal will be accomplished through a required biostatistics course with opportunities to do further in-depth classroom work in biostatistics, epidemiology, genetics, infectious diseases, molecular biology and global health; participation in a hands-on molecular biology laboratory methods course; and by encouraging fellows to develop secondary mentor relationships with faculty in disciplines outside of Obstetrics/Gynecology to enhance their depth of knowledge and inquiry. Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Public Health Degree (MPH), or to pursue research opportunities in infectious diseases or global health, if desired. The expected outcome of these efforts is a research thesis that makes a meaningful contribution to knowledge within Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Fellows will understand and be able to apply the principles of evidence-based medicine.
This goal will be accomplished through critical reading of the literature and discussion with faculty mentors, both in the context of patient care and in a didactic conference series. The expected outcome of these activities is reinforcement of the habits of life-long learning and critical thinking necessary to become an outstanding MFM practitioner.
Fellows will continue in their development of key clinical competencies.
This goal will be accomplished with a focus on progressively independent patient care as appropriate, practice-based learning and improvement, communication skills, and professionalism. The expected outcome is development of highly professional, skilled and compassionate MFM practitioners who will be ready to assume the responsibilities of either academic or community practice upon completion of the program.
The UW MFM Fellowship adheres to the learning objectives outlined in the ABOG Maternal-Fetal Medicine Guide to Learning. The fellowship program emphasizes the following specific learning objectives:
Fellows will thoroughly understand maternal-fetal physiology, the expected changes in normal pregnancy, and aberrations associated with specific maternal medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac and renal disease, and autoimmune disorders. The expected outcome is the production of maternal-fetal specialists with expertise in counseling and managing a wide variety of medically complicated pregnancies.
Fellows will develop a comprehensive understanding of normal and abnormal fetal development; will become proficient in all aspects of prenatal diagnosis including ultrasound and other modalities of diagnostic testing; and will understand the spectrum of prognoses and management options for a wide range of structural, karyotypic, genetic, infectious, and other syndromic disorders. The expected outcome is the training of outstanding and empathetic perinatologists who will be able to guide families through the complex spectrum of experiences associated with having an abnormal fetus.
Fellows will refine their skills in the realm of intrapartum management of obstetrically complicated patients, such as placentation abnormalities, multiple gestations, and the intrapartum compromised fetus. The expected outcome is the production of effective, skilled MFM clinicians who can collaborate effectively with OB Anesthesia and Neonatology, have excellent clinical judgment and verbal communication skills with other team members, referring physicians and patients.