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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

Overview

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship and educational program at Tufts University School of Medicine/Tufts Medical Center is designed to prepare applicants for subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Individuals seeking fellowship training are required to submit an application, Curriculum Vitae, a minimum of three letters of recommendation, CREOG In-Training Examination Scores and a recent photograph. A personal interview is required prior to acceptance.  

On acceptance, each candidate must outline the content of his/her fellowship program. The American Board of Obstetrics/Gynecology will then review the proposal. Consultation, advice and guidance will be provided to the selected candidates while they are preparing their individualized programs. One or more of the faculty will become a mentor to the fellow to provide assistance.

Clinical Opportunities

During each academic year, there are regularly scheduled lectures on the fundamentals of perinatal medicine. These include teratology, genetics, infectious disease, and fetal and maternal physiology. In addition, biweekly divisional conferences will cover critical appraisal of the literature in controversial areas of perinatology. Weekly clinical conferences will cover the entire field of obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine. The department will pay the expenses for one educational conference per year for each fellow.

The fellowship program is designed to include clinical experience on the antepartum ward caring for complicated disorders of pregnancy. Each fellow has the opportunity to participate in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinic, managing pregnancies complicated by diabetes, Rh isoimmunization, multiple gestations, medical problems, etc. The fellows rotate through the ultrasound unit for six months during the first year of fellowship. At the end of the first year, the fellow becomes confident in most areas of diagnostic ultrasound and has an introduction into fetal echocardiography. Each fellow also becomes proficient in performing amniocentesis and has clinical experience with fetal blood sampling.

The other six months of the first year are spent covering labor and delivery, and the antenatal and postpartum wards. During this time the fellow gains knowledge in the management of obstetrical complications, medical illnesses, and all aspects of maternal and fetal intensive care. In addition to patient care, the fellows will be responsible for teaching rounds with the residents, for review of fetal heart rate tracings, and for participation and organization of regularly scheduled conferences.

Each candidate selects an area for specific investigation that is expected to result in a first authored publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Areas of investigation may include clinical or basic research. The faculty will help guide the fellow in this endeavor and it is the hope that each fellow will have at least one presentation a year at a regional or national meeting during their fellowship. Each fellow spends one and one-half years doing research. Dr. Craigo is the Clinical mentor and Dr. Diana Bianchi is the Basic Research mentor. Areas of clinical and research excellence within the division include: detection of fetal anomalies by sonography, fetal medical treatment, non-invasive genetic diagnosis and molecular cytogenetics. An opportunity also exists to undertake additional training leading to separate board certification in medical genetics.

For fellows who desire a more comprehensive exposure to basic research, we have recently received funding from the NIH to provide protected time for perinatologists to received research training in genetics.

The intent of the educational process is to provide the essential understanding and knowledge to render excellent maternal-fetal care. In addition, it will provide opportunities for individualized academic investigations, which are not only required for subspecialty certification, but will lead to a lifelong spirit of inquiry.

Why Choose Tufts Medical Center

Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

Our Fellows

First Year (MFM)

Ashley Peterson, MD is a MFM resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Ashley Peterson, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine; Tufts Medical Center

Second Year (MFM)

Mohak Mhatre is an OB/GYN Fellow.Mohak Mhatre, MD 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Yale New Haven Hospital (OB/GYN)

Third Year (MFM)

Stephanie Bakaysa is an OB/GYN Fellow.Stephanie Bakaysa, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine; Yale New Haven Hospital (OB/GYN)

Third Year (Genetics/MFM)

Megan Wilson Stover is an OB/GYN Fellow.Megan Wilson Stover, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicinel; Vanderbilt University (OB/GYN)

How to Apply

Those candidates applying for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship Program must submit a Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) application, a Curriculum Vitae (CV), a personal statement, a copy of the Dean’s letter (MSPE), a copy of medical school transcript and a photograph. We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A chairman's letter is not required, but is recommended. All applications must be processed through the ERAS.

Candidates must be a graduate of an American Medical Association-approved medical school and a fourth year resident in good standing at an ACGME accredited institution. 

Candidates must have passed the USMLE Examinations Steps I, II and III (CK and CS) prior to starting residency training. We do not have a minimum score requirement; however, we do use a three-digit score of 220 as a baseline for evaluation of the scores. We do not interview any candidate who fails either USMLE Step I, Step II or Step III. All candidates must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). 

All foreign medical graduates must have proof of ECFMG certification and have passed USMLE Examinations Parts I, II, and III (CK and CS). They must apply through the ECFMG who will then process all foreign applications through ERAS. The Tufts Medical Center sponsors only the J-1 Visa. It is preferred to have had experience in US hospital. 

Our application deadline is Tuesday, May 31. 

For any additional questions, please contact:

Jennifer Higgins-Spiers
Manager of Educational Programs
Obstetrics and Gynecology MFM Fellowship Program
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St.
Tufts Medical Center Box #022
Boston, MA 02111
jhigginsspiers@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Our Alumni

2015-2016 Graduates

Jeannie Kelly, MD
Faculty
Washington University Hospital

2014-2015 Graduates

Kelley E. Conroy, MD
Attending Physician, MFM
Maine Medical Partners

2013-2014 Graduates

Andrea G. Edlow, MD
Research/Attending Physician MFM
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Millie A. Ferrés, MD                     
Attending Physician MFM
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

2012-2013 Graduates

Agatha S. Critchfield, MD
Attending Physician MFM
University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY

2011-2012 Graduates 

Asha J. Heard, MD
Attending Physician MFM
East Jefferson General Hospital, New Orleans, LA

2010-2011 Graduates

Chitra M. Iyer, MD                
Attending Physician MFM
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX

Contact Information

To learn more, contact:

Jennifer Higgins-Spiers
Manager of Educational Programs
800 Washington Street #22
Boston, MA  02111
Phone: 617-636-0265
Fax: 617-636-8315
jhigginsspiers@tuftsmedicalcenter.org