The major goal of our three-year Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine is to provide clinical and basic science experience leading to the certification of the candidate by the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). This will prepare the candidate for a career in academic medicine.
This fellowship is structured to provide thorough training in the basics of fetal-maternal physiology and in the care and management of a complicated pregnancy through patient contact and care, research experience, conferences, postgraduate courses, and rounds. It is designed to meet the requirements of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
There are specific rotations for the fellows including sonography, obstetric wards, and the high-risk pregnancy unit.
Eighteen months of the three-year fellowship will be dedicated to research and three months will go toward other academic endeavors (postgraduate courses and clinical rotations on other services). To fulfill the ABOG requirements, each fellow must complete a research project suitable for publication and a thesis. This thesis must be completed before taking the oral examination in maternal-fetal medicine.
The faculty members participating in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Prorogram have extensive experience in the conditions and complications associated with high-risk pregnancies. In addition to those from the Divisiion of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, faculty members from the Departments of Pediatrics, Medical Genetics, Critical Care Medicine, Pathology, and Radiology also take part in teaching the maternal-fetal medicine fellows.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division provides patient services for the UT Southwestern Health System and the Parkland Health and Hospital System. Both health systems are building new hospitals which are scheduled to open by late 2014/early 2015.
Our University practice has offices on the UT Southwestern campus and at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas. Labor and delivery services are located at St. Paul University Hospital and will move to the new Clements University Hospital when it opens. We also provide inpatient consultation services at area hospitals in northern Dallas, Collin, and Denton Counties.
Parkland Health and Hospital System is our primary teaching facility. Our current patient load consists of approximately 10,000 deliveries annually and offers a remarkable diversity of pathology and complications.
Facilities available to care for the high-risk patient include:
- A 26-bed chronic care antepartum unit where patients with such diverse complications as diabetes, twins, hypertension, cardiac disease, renal disease, and threatened premature labor can be hospitalized for prolonged periods of time.
- Three 32-bed units for postpartum admissions and short-term antepartum care.
- A sonography laboratory where over 18,000 procedures are performed each year.
- OB Complications clinic that meets daily and has more than 45,000 patient visits annually. (See Sample Rotation Schedule for list of high-risk clinics.)
- OB Complication research clinics in pre-term birth, multiple gestation, gestational diabetes, genetics, infectious diseases, chronic hypertension, and post-term management.
Maternal-fetal medicine fellows are encouraged to attend and actively participate in a variety of conferences, boards, grand rounds, courses and lectures. Daily lectures and grand rounds are also given by different departments of the medical school and are published in a monthly calendar of events.