Top row from left-right: Anne Mardy, Jeffrey Sperling, Edward Miller, Victoria Berger
Bottom row from left-right: Rachel Shulman, Nasim Sobhani, Erin Washburn
The UCSF Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) aims to train leaders in the field of MFM by providing outstanding clinical and research training. Clinical training focuses on all aspects of MFM, including obstetrical, fetal, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy.
Fellows actively participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical care of patients with complex medical conditions.Outpatient multidisciplinary clinics dedicated to specific maternal diseases include a joint clinic with Cardiology (the Pregnancy and Cardiac Team (PACT) clinic), a joint clinic with Hematology, and a joint clinic with Endocrinology.
As one of the birthplaces of fetal surgery, UCSF has an ongoing robust program in fetal therapy at the Fetal Treatment Center (FTC). The UCSF FTC was one of the sites for MOMS trial, investigating prenatal surgery for the repair of fetal myelomeningoceles. Our fellows rotate in the FTC and receive invaluable training in the care of complex fetal abnormalities that may or may not undergo fetal surgery. Fellows are involved in counseling patients in clinic and in participating in the weekly multidisciplinary conference focusing on diagnosis and care plan for our most complex fetal patients. Our fellows also obtain extensive ultrasound experience in the Prenatal Diagnosis Center (PDC) and graduate with California state certification for amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) at graduation.
Comprehensive research training includes a formal course of study, Training in Clinical Research (TICR), with additional options including training in basic and/or translational science, masters’ level training in clinical research, or masters’ level training in public health or epidemiology at UC Berkeley. Our fellows are encouraged to attend and present their research findings at various local and national conferences, including the Annual Pregnancy Meeting (SMFM), the Annual Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), the international Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy (CPP) congress, and the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
Our fellows have a weekly formal didactic lecture series, in addition to numerous departmental conferences for further learning. Our fellows also attend the departmental Fellows College, where they are provided with mentoring, academic advice, and networking resources.
Our program values ongoing efforts to make quality improvement and patient safety in obstetrics a priority. Our fellows are engaged in quality improvement efforts on multiple levels: as practitioners, educators, and researchers. Research and dissemination in the area of quality improvement is encouraged.
Our department also offers a combined MFM-Genetics fellowship with Pediatrics Medical Genetics, resulting in double board certification in four years of training.
Click here for more information about the UCSF Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.