The fundamental goal of the training program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at OU is to train physicians in the clinical, research, and academic principles required to:
- Have advanced knowledge of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on both mother and fetus
- Be skilled with prenatal ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis
- Care for directly or function as a consultant to obstetricians caring for women with complicated pregnancies
- Have advanced knowledge of newborn adaptation
- Function effectively in the arena of basic and clinical research in MFM in order to advance the field and remain current despite practicing in a rapidly changing field
All inpatient clinical training occurs in the The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Outpatient training occurs in our clinic, the Prenatal Diagnostic Center, which is located in the atrium of The Children’s Hospital. Currently, of the 36 months of the training program, 12 months are spent on dedicated research months, all during the first year of training. During the fall of the third year, there is a month long critical care rotation. Also during the third year, two months are spent as L&D supervisor. The remaining 21 months are spent doing clinical services, every other week either in our ultrasound clinics or rounding on the inpatient antepartum service and working in our high-risk obstetrics clinic.
We have a weekly lecture series that is led by faculty. Quality improvement projects take the form of twice monthly clinical guideline development. We also review new patients to the practice on a weekly basis. Other regularly scheduled learning and quality improvement opportunities include twice monthly journal clubs, a monthly ultrasound conference, a monthly joint conference with neonatology and pediatric surgery, and a monthly joint conference with pediatric cardiology and neonatology.
Apart from didactics on Tuesdays and graduate coursework, the first year for fellows has been spent in the laboratory of Dean Myers, PhD. Between graduate coursework done during the first year and defending a thesis written from the basic or translational research project, a Master of Science degree in Physiology is awarded, typically during the second year of training.