Living in Seattle
Seattle's mild climate allows for year-round recreation, including hiking, cylcling, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, boating, sailing, rock climbing, and swimming. There are many scenic parks to walk around, including Green Lake, Discovery Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seward Park, and Alki Beach. You can ski or snowboard at Mount Baker, Crystal Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Stevens Pass. Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb is a four-hour drive from Seattle, and offers some of the best skiing in North America.
Living in Seattle you will have the opportunity to take endless day drips. Below is a short list of the many places you can go.
- Bainbridge Island
- San Juan Islands
- Mount Rainier
- Snoqualmie Falls
- Victoria, B.C.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Mount St. Helens
- Olympic Peninsula
- Portland, OR
Professional & Collegiate Sports
Seattle is home to three major men's professonal sports teams (Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, and Seattle Mariners) and two women's professional teams (Seattle Storm and Seattle Reign FC). Seattle also has two Division I schools: the University of Washington and Seattle University.
Seattle is also close to two minor league baseball teams (Tacoma Rainiers and Everett AquaSox) and two junior ice hockey teams (Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips).
The City of Seattle's eclectic neighborhoods each have their own unique flavor and atmosphere, and offer endless options for dining, shopping, artistic, and cultural experiences. In downtown Seattle, the world famous Pike Place Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood, crafts, and many other products. Along the waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium features over an amazing variety of fish, birds and mammals native to Puget Sound.
At the northern end of downtown is Seattle Center, home to the 1962 World's Fair. Here you can take a trip up the glass elevators of the Space Needle to see some of the best views of the city. Woodland Park Zoo is an award-winning zoo hailed for its naturalistic habitats that house nearly 300 animal species.
MFM Fellowship Educational Objectives
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 apprciation 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.
• This course was created to train healthcare workers to perform basic pregnancy ultrasound in parts of the world where formal training is not available.
• The ultrasound videos and training handbooks are designed to be used in a 2-week ultrasound course.
• The hands-on sessions in the trainer's guide are essential components of the course and must be supervised by an experienced ultrasound practitioner.
• Upon completion of the course and the written and practical tests, we strongly recommend that you have at least 40 hours of scanning experience with clinical mentoring before you undertake unsupervised scanning.
Uganda - Our Experience
We have witnessed first-hand the incredible challenges midwives face practicing obstetrics in remote locations in sub-Saharan Africa and we have searched for a way to make an impact.
Our team at the University of Washington has placed low-cost ultrasound equipment in the hands of midwives in rural Uganda and trained the midwives to use the instruments effectively.
Training local people to perform an ultrasound early in pregnancy allows detection of life-threatening conditions (twins, ectopic pregnancy, and abnormal placement of the placenta). Health care workers can then use this diagnostic tool to encourage women to seek care in a hospital where outcomes can be managed effectively instead of attempting a home birth to save money.
Our team has trained 45 midwives in Uganda to perform pregnancy ultrasound. In the future, we hope that the video tutorials, in combination with hands-on training, will be important educational tools to help new learners feel comfortable using the technology.
Maternal and Fetal Health Facts
• Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
• 99% of all maternal deaths occur in low-income countries.
• More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one third occur in South Asia.
• Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas where there is rare access to qualified prenatal care, including a health facility with ultrasound capability.
• Maternal health is closely linked to newborn health. Almost 3 million newborn babies die every year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn.
• Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
• Ultrasound plays an important role in identifying pregnancy-related conditions that put the mother or fetus at risk during delivery.
• Thus, there is a high demand for basic ultrasound solutions in the rural areas in developing countries.