IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s maternal-fetal medicine fellowship training program is designed to ﬁll a regional shortage of perinatologists and prepare physicians to independently care for pregnant women with medical and obstetrical problems. The program was accredited in May 2012 by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2017. This is the only maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program in the state of Indiana.
The maternal-fetal medicine fellowship trains OB-GYN physicians to serve as professional health care advocates for all pregnant women and function as collaborative consultants to general OB-GYNs and other health care providers in the management of complicated pregnancies.
After completing this training, physicians are prepared to demonstrate knowledge and proﬁciency in performing and interpreting prenatal extensive ultrasound as well as fetal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They also learn to practice evidence-based medicine in provision of maternal-fetal medicine care using knowledge of maternal physiology, pathophysiology and reviews of the most current medical literature. Program participants acquire the skills to be an experienced educator for learners from all walks of life and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.
The three-year fellowship curriculum fulﬁlls the graduate degree requirements for a Masters in Clinical or Translational Research in the CITE program and helps physicians gain an appreciation for the role that translational research plays in perinatal medicine. Maternal-fetal medicine fellows gain experience in percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUBS) with intrauterine fetal transfusion (IUT) and other fetal interventional procedures as well as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis training.