We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program and hope that the information contained on our site provides a basic overview of the strengths and quality of training our fellows receive throughout the program. Our fellowship program is organized to optimally teach fellows the necessary skills while balancing in and out patient clinical care, scholarship, and research. We believe learning to balance these activities during training is essential to continued success as academic leaders after graduation.
About the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program
Our maternal fetal medicine program is designed to specifically address the needs of a maternal fetal medicine fellow in order to prepare them to deliver care as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Furthermore our program is designed to provide a strong fundamental understanding of the broad field of maternal-fetal-medicine with the opportunity for fellows to pursue areas of specific interest including clinical, research, or educational areas of focus. The educational objectives of the Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship are consistent with those listed in the ABOG “Guide to Learning in Maternal-Fetal Medicine”.
Program Quick Facts
Overview of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Education
Clinical care is taught in the in- and out-patient setting at both Loyola University Medical Center and Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Throughout the year, fellows rotate in the clinic and hospital with each of the MFM faculty and participate at all levels of patient interaction. As we expect an MFM fellow to develop the full spectrum of clinical skills to serve as subspecialists, clinical training includes a balance of inpatient (antepartum and intrapartum) and outpatient (consultative and continuity of care, ultrasound and fetal assessment) experiences. An MFM fellow will be supervised to care for all high-risk obstetric patients. In many circumstances the fellow's training is distinct from other trainees (ultrasound, genetics, outpatient high-risk clinic) while in other situations the fellow is expected to serve as a member of the team (inpatient, antepartum, intrapartum, high risk service care of critically ill patients).
Weekly/monthly formal MFM teaching conferences related to maternal-fetal medicine are held on a regular basis that cover both basic science and the clinical aspects of our subspecialty. The topics covered are obtained from the Guide to Learning Maternal-Fetal Medicine. It is the expectation that all fellows will attend these faculty run weekly conferences and be prepared to participate.
Following is the schedule of MFM conferences:
- Weekly journal club
- Weekly fellow didactics
- SMFM fellow lecture series (twice a month)
- Monthly multidisciplinary conference (MFM, NICU, OB anesthesia, subspecialty services)
- Monthly ultrasound conference
- Quarterly perinatal M&M (joint MFM and NICU)
- Monthly OB M&M
- Masters program*
Department of Ob/Gyn Conferences
The department of Ob/Gyn holds all didactic and departmental conferences in the Stritch School of Medicine. MFM fellow attendance is required at Grand Rounds, M&M conferences, journal clubs, and PCC from 7:00 - 9:00 am. The exact schedule is distributed monthly.
7:00 – 8:00 am: Patient Care Conference (PCC)
Interactive discussion between residents, fellows and faculty in which salient points of specific patient management problems from the previous week are reviewed focusing on basic science and clinical management issues related to each specific case.
8:00 – 9:00 am: Departmental Scholarly Conferences
- Week 1: Grand Rounds
- Week 2: Chairman’s Hour
- Week 3: Journal Club
- Week 4: M&M (2-hours, 7:00-9:00am)
- Week 5: Quarterly Perinatal M&M Conference
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Research
The MFM Division, as well as the Department of Ob/Gyn place a high value on research and scholarship and encourage fellows development in this area. To prepare for academic careers as independent clinical scientists in women’s health care and MFM, we require fellows to acquire the following clinical research skills:
- Ability to critically analyze and review the literature.
- Ability to develop testable hypotheses.
- Ability to design clinical trials to test scientific hypotheses and treatment outcomes.
- Ability to write competitive research proposals and grants.
- Ability to disseminate scientific results in both written and oral forms.
- Understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to research in maternal-fetal medicine.
Overview of Research and Thesis Requirements/Objectives Prior to Graduation:
Fellows are required to complete the following objectives prior to completion of the fellowship program:
- Obtain a Master’s degree in Clinical Research or Public Health, unless an advanced clinical research or epidemiology training has already been successfully completed or approval of fellowship director.
- Complete at least one thesis with submission to an appropriate national or international meeting (must be approved by the Program Director)
- Completion of a manuscript with submission for publication to a peer-reviewed journal
- Prepare and defend a written thesis.
- Present research at the departmental research day prior to graduation.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Benefits
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Life insurance
- Long-term disability
- Supplemental retirement annuities
- Worker’s compensation
- Reimbursement accounts
- Travel to the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and or the Society for Reproductive Investigation annually
- Additional stipends for presentations and/or educational meetings are determined on a case-by-case basis
- Loyola Center for Fitness resident/fellow membership discount
Further information on the benefits offered at LUMC can be found on the Loyola GME Website.