The fellowship program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is designed to fulfill the educational objectives listed in the Guide to Learning in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and to train future academic leaders in perinatal research as well as clinical experts in both the maternal and fetal aspects of the specialty. As a member of NAFTNet (the North American Fetal Therapy Network) we also afford the fellow an intensive exposure to invasive fetal therapy. We approach our goals by selecting fellows with either basic science interests or strong interests in clinical research. We foster these interests by offering the fellows a flexible curriculum in a near ideal environment for growth.
In all three years, fellows are expected to initiate, complete and report at least one research project, typically to be presented at the annual meeting of The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Research mentors and others from the MFM faculty, meet twice weekly for research seminars with the fellow to facilitate study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation.
Fellows who wish to pursue an MPH during the fellowship are afforded the opportunity to do so. Fellows who wish to undertake other additional post-fellowship basic science or epidemiologic programs will be afforded the opportunity to complete course work for the selected basic science or epidemiology degree. At the completion of the fellowship, the individual may remain on campus as an adjunct faculty member completing post-thesis research or course requirements. Note that all fellows in MFM at UMB complete the same self-contained and complete three-year program that fully prepares the fellow for the board examination in Maternal Fetal Medicine. However, the fellow who elects to pursue an MPH degree or continue in a post-Fellowship program may carry an additional academic course load. We feel that the MFM program will allow the University of Maryland to produce well-qualified academics in perinatal medicine. The option of advanced training will allow further nurturing and development of these gifted young academics in such a way as to complement and not compete with the fellowship.