Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Overview

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. Clinical and research time are equally divided during the 36-month period.

The delivery volume at the University of Washington is ~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 early 2002 a new 2 million dollar renovation of the obstetrical unit provided state of the art facilities for patient care and comfort.

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. Our funding has been renewed through 2014. We have one current scholar, and eight who have already completed their WRHR training. 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.