Practice in the Best Environment
The clinical obstetrical facilities for the UW SMPH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are housed at Meriter Hospital, which is the primary site for UW high-risk obstetrics. The Center for Perinatal Care has been a joint program of the UW and Meriter Hospital for three decades. The UW SMPH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has an ACGME-approved residency program with seven residents at each level, including the first rural residency track.
Rotations on clinical services consist of one-month blocks. Generally, these rotations alternate between out-patient prenatal diagnostic center and a clinical-service assignment which includes both in-patient and out-patient clinical experience. The clinical experience also provides a rotation in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, as well as Labor and Delivery, and Clinical Genetics. During these rotations, the fellows have no other commitments, thus providing an intensive and focused clinical learning experience. Faculty supervises and works closely with the fellows on a daily basis, helping structure the rotation to meet each fellow's needs and interests. Faculty supervisors evaluate the fellows' performance at the end of their rotations.
- Adult congenital cardiology
- Adult GI
- Adult infectious diseases
- Adult nephrology
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric infectious diseases
- Perinatal pathology
Fellows attend the weekly Perinatal Conference, a multidisciplinary clinical conference jointly-conducted by the Divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Neonatology faculty. UW subspecialists will also lecture on maternal, fetal, and neonatal physiology. An obstetric seminar series is presented regularly by obstetric residents and MFM fellows. Through these conferences and seminars, in addition to a combination of specific clinical rotations and direct patient-care experiences, the fellows develop expertise in all areas of MFM.
Graduate courses for fellows are provided through the UW Graduate School. There are courses on biostatistics and cellular and molecular biology that provide theoretical background to fellows pursuing basic research. Fellows also take a course in ethical and regulatory issues in clinical investigations.
In order to tailor research experience to meet the strengths and interests of every fellow, the fellowship program offers an individualized path toward the desired outcome at graduation.
As per ABOG's requirement, half of our fellowship training period is devoted to research; the clinical rotations are generally divided into multiple one-, two-, or three-month blocks. The fellows’ research training includes developing speaking and writing skills, guidance in hypothesis generation, and study design and data analysis, in addition to performing the research itself. The experience is designed to assist the fellows in launching an independent, investigative career.