The fellowship program at the University of Washington is designed to give participants a well-rounded experience in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Fellows finishing the three-year fellowship are able to fulfill requirements for productive careers in academic medicine or in private perinatal practice.
The delivery volume at the University of Washington is around 2,000 per year, with over 20% being low birth weight secondary to a variety of high-risk perinatal disorders. There is an active program in prenatal diagnosis serving over 1,000 patients per year. Fellows participate in and are directly supervised by Maternal Fetal Medicine faculty in subspecialty clinics: infectious disease, hypertension, prematurity prevention, diabetes, and fetal medicine/ultrasound. In addition, fellows have their own high-risk continuity clinic that spans the entire three-year period.
Five Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty have NIH-funded research projects. Basic and clinical research projects under the supervision of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty have repeatedly resulted in SMFM oral and poster presentations by current and past fellows.
In 1999, the UW's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was one of 20 OB/GYN sites chosen nationwide and funded by the National Institutes of Health to be a Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program through 2020. The department can support a maximum of three scholars, so opportunities exist for continued research development after completion of a three-year fellowship for selected applicants.