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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

The UAMS Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship is a fully-accredited, three-year program structured to provide a progressive course of specialty training as described by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Unique Features of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship

  • A comprehensive obstetrical experience in medical and surgical complications of pregnancy with exposure to all aspects of clinical MFM practice including ultrasound/prenatal diagnosis, genetic counseling, fetal echocardiography, outpatient/inpatient high-risk obstetrics, labor and delivery, and intrauterine fetal therapy (e.g. PUBS, IUT, etc.)
  • Collaboration with Arkansas Children’s Hospital specialists (e.g. pediatric cardiologists, pediatric geneticists)
  • Protected and respected 50% research time for each fellow to ensure completion of thesis
  • Opportunities for involvement in obstetric care in developing countries
  • A clinical skills simulation lab
  • The only SARA fetal MEG/ECG devise in the United States providing cutting edge research in detecting fetal brainwave activity and heart rhythms
  • Participation in the Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management Program

Annually, we do 10,373 sonographic examinations and over 1,080 genetic consultations with CVS and amniocentesis of appropriate gestational age. In the past year, we had over 2,685 deliveries, 4670 antenatal visits/admissions, 593 maternal transports and managed 455 pregestational diabetics.

Fellows benefit from weekly didactics given by MFM faculty, medical school faculty, research faculty, or Arkansas Children’s Hospital faculty in MFM areas of interest. Fellows attend conferences including department Grand Rounds teleconference, High-Risk OB teleconference, Fetal Anomaly Interdisciplinary Management teleconference, and joint MFM/Neonatology conferences.

Specific rotations are provided in ICU/critical care, ultrasound/prenatal diagnosis, infectious disease, and OB anesthesia.

Educational Objectives

The educational objective of our fellowship is to provide the clinical, research, and teaching experience to enable the graduates of our program to become academic Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists with the unique knowledge and skills that will enable then to become the researchers, leaders, and teachers of our profession in the future. The three specific educational objectives that will allow us to achieve these goals can be divided into three categories: clinical, research, and teaching.

Clinical

  • To provide the fellows with the knowledge, experience, and clinical expertise in the management of the obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy
  • To provide the fellows with the skills to become a consultant to other health care providers in their management of all obstetric patients with special emphasis on those with high-risk pregnancies and their at-risk fetuses
  • To provide the fellows with the ability to tactfully work well with other consultants and with their peers

Research

  • To provide the necessary skills to enable the fellow to initiate, implement, and successfully carry out a research project, collate the results, and write a manuscript
  • To provide sound fundamental knowledge and aptitude in both laboratory and clinical research to allow the fellow to undertake meaningful investigations as a fellow, and subsequently as a sub-specialist
  • To provide the competence and experience to the fellows so that they can make successful applications for research grants
  • To provide the knowledge that will enable the fellow to critically evaluate the scientific literature

Teaching

  • To provide the basic information and technical proficiency so the fellow can present seminars and lectures in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, courses at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) sponsored events, and international symposiums
  • To acquire and incorporate fundamental knowledge with the ability to constantly update and refine that knowledge to ensure the best evidence-based information is used in the fellows’ personal management of the patients and in their consultations to other health care professionals
  • To prepare the fellow for a lifetime of teaching that will accompany their academic career: from patients and their families, to medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues