Education : Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

The Maternal-Fetal-Medicine (MFM) Fellowship Training Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Health System is a comprehensive program which exposes trainees to all aspects of this sub-specialty, including maternal complications of pregnancy, obstetric complications, fetal diagnosis and therapy, genetics, and clinical, basic science, and translational research.

Our academic environment, clinical and research faculty, diverse patient population and the breadth of complicated pregnancies will provide graduating fellows with a comprehensive foundation of clinical and research experience necessary to launch a successful career in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Our training program is organized so graduates will meet ACGME, ABOG and SMFM educational objectives and competencies for subspecialty board certification and successful practice in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

The program is based at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the primary teaching affiliate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in addition to the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. Jackson Memorial Hospital is a tertiary care referral center for high risk pregnancies in South Florida and the surrounding domestic and international regions.

Our program trains specialists to provide care and consultation for patients with obstetric, medical, and surgical complications during pregnancy. Fellows are trained to assess and treat the maternal and fetal effects of these disorders and to manage pregnancies complicated by primary fetal conditions, including structural and functional abnormalities, or primary maternal conditions, including complex maternal cardiac disease and placenta accreta.

Fellows learn high‐risk pregnancy management through a combination of didactic lectures and conferences given by MFM, human genetics, neonatology, pathology, and anesthesiology faculty. Fellows also obtain significant hands‐on experience and the opportunity to make independent decisions, in outpatient and inpatient settings, under the guidance of MFM faculty members.

Fellows have a breadth of opportunities that can be focused to individual interests, including genetics, infectious disease, critical care, biostatistics and epidemiology, and fetal echocardiogram. Our fetal therapy program continues to expand, and fellows have exposure to advanced procedures such as radiofrequency ablation or laser coagulation for complication monochorionic, diamniotic twin gestations. Fellows are all trained in amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.

Clinical and research training is at the core of our mission. Our medical and research educators have outstanding experience in management of high-risk pregnancy, ultrasound and prenatal diagnostic invasive procedures (amniocentesis, CVS, cordocentesis, shunt placement, in-utero laser therapy). State of the art methodologies including high throughput molecular technologies such as genomics and proteomics are frequently used to test and provide answers to novel research hypotheses.

The fellowship follows all required guidelines and is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In order to meet these guidelines, the division enlists specialists in MFM, neonatology, ultrasonography, fetal echocardiography, obstetrical critical care, diabetes, infectious diseases, genetics, obstetrical anesthesia, and the basic sciences. Upon completion of the fellowship, our graduates have superb clinical and research skills and are prepared for a variety of career options.