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Maternal Fetal Medicine

The Fellowship Program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Rochester is a three-year fellowship, with two fellows enrolled each year. The Fellowship offers a balance of clinical medicine, medical education, and clinical and basic science research in an institution that is known for its commitment to education and clinical care. The Fellowship has been ongoing for over 20 years and was most recently reviewed in 2011. The Fellowship emphasizes a career as an academic clinician and preparation for Board certification.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, Rochester is a stimulating and progressive metropolitan community of more than one million people, representing the third largest urban area in New York State. The region is home to abundant cultural, technological and recreational opportunities, making it an exceptional place to live.

At Strong Memorial Hospital, where the Fellowship is centered, there are approximately 3200 deliveries per year. It is the only tertiary hospital in a 10 county region and draws from an obstetric population of over 16,000 deliveries per year. This population provides ample clinical opportunities for a complete fellowship education.

Our Obstetrical and Gynecologic Ultrasound units provide an excellent source of patients for clinical experience and research endeavors. We currently perform over 20,000 scans per year. This provides both depth and breadth in this important area of perinatology.

The Fellow's role is oriented towards training for an academic career in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The Fellow's clinical responsibilities are similar to those of the full-time faculty and include outpatient care, ultrasound and inpatient management. The first year is dedicated to clinical activities and preparation for the research portion of the program. The second year is dedicated to research activities with minimal clinical commitments. The third year is evenly split between research and clinical activities, but is flexible to the fellows interests and career goals. Each clinical activity is directly supervised by a perinatal attending.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division consists of eight full-time Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty members. This cadre of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists provides a critical mass for clinical coverage and offers a diverse range of academic interests. In addition, the resources that are available within the department, University, and community add significant breadth to our fellowship.

One of the outstanding aspects of our fellowship is the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Division. The Research Division consists of three PhDs with expertise in reproductive epidemiology, reproductive immunology, developmental pharmacology and teratology, and placental research.

The MFM fellowship program is a member of the NRMP. The program follows the guidelines of the NRMP and all applicants must register with the NRMP.
At this time we are unable to accommodate J-1 visa status applicants within the MFM fellowship program.

We hope you will consider the fellowship at the University of Rochester and look forward to hearing from you.

Please feel free to contact us at:

University of Rochester Medical Center
Box 668, 601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Fellowship Director:
Loralei Thornburg, M.D.

Program Coordinator:
Jillian Wood

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