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High Risk Pregnancy and Age

In a recent video interview (below), Lois Brustman, MD, explains that women of any age can be at risk for pregnancy complications. Dr. Brustman is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Roosevelt Hospital.


The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Fellowship Program in the Division of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine prepares participants to become fully-qualified clinicians in the subspecialty, to develop the ability to pursue an academic career, and to improve the health care of women and their developing fetuses and infants. The 3-year program, which is accredited by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialty Board of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, enrolls one new fellow each year.

Dr. Barak Rosenn, MD, Director of the Division of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is also the director of the fellowship program. “The program offers a wealth of opportunity for our fellows to become experts in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies,” says Dr. Rosenn. “The Division of MFM oversees the obstetrical care of over 6,200 deliveries each year, 30-40% of which are at high risk. Our highly-educated and experienced faculty is adept at supporting these women through their pregnancies and achieving favorable outcomes. Many faculty have also achieved national recognition for their research, and serve as mentors to guide the fellows as they develop the skills to perform both clinical and basic research.”


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Description of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) fellowship program at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (SLRHC) prepares MFM fellows to become fully qualified clinicians in their subspecialty, as well as to develop the ability to pursue an academic career and to improve the health care of women and their unborn children. As such, the program emphasizes mastery of the principles and methods by which clinical and basic research projects are conceptualized, designed, conducted, concluded, and published according to hypothesis-driven statistical methodology.

The Division of MFM at SLRHC oversees the obstetrical care of over 6,200 deliveries a year. Furthermore, the obstetrical patient population represents a diverse social, economic, ethnic, racial and cultural patient population, of which 30-40% is high-risk for untoward outcome. Thus, the SLRHC represents a unique research opportunity because of its broad-based and diverse patient population, presenting a wealth of clinical and research opportunities for MFM fellows.

The fellowship program draws upon the experience of the MFM and affiliated clinical and basic science faculty at SLRHC, many of whom have gained national recognition and have long and successful research track records. With such faculty serving as mentors, MFM fellows are guided through the research process and are expected to develop the ability to present their findings at national and international professional meetings and to publish their research in peer review journals. Faculty mentors provide a key element in fellowship training, stimulating the fellow to excel in all areas of endeavors, including broad-based laboratory or clinical research, and providing supervision and sufficient protected time for research.

The fellowship program is composed of 18 months clinical activity and 18 months of research. The fellow’s clinical skills are developed by having the fellow and faculty function as a team in the management of patients and in the supervision and training of residents and medical students. During the clinical rotations, the fellow works hand-in-hand with the faculty in managing inpatient and outpatient obstetrics services, including labor and delivery, antepartum in-patient units, high-risk patient clinics, prenatal genetic and human teratology clinics, the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program and one-on-one guidance in ultrasonography and invasive procedures in the Maternal-Fetal Evaluation Unit. Clinical training also includes rotations in perinatal pathology, obstetric anesthesia, neonatal intensive care, infectious diseases, and medical intensive care. Mastery of the clinical aspects of the subspecialty is facilitated by educational endeavors composed of several components: rounds and case presentations with discussions under the tutorship of the MFM attending; reading assignments based on a curriculum provided by the fellowship director, and attendance in didactic lectures and seminars throughout the year.

During their research blocks, fellows have the opportunity to become familiarized with the research initiatives and opportunities at the departmental and institutional level. In doing so, fellows pursue focused areas of interest, ultimately leading up to research proposals that are reviewed by the MFM division and carried out under the guidance of a mentor. Several of the department’s faculty have established research careers, and throughout the institution there is a wealth of opportunity to develop research, both in the clinical and basic sciences. A sample of SLRHC programs available to fellows includes the New York Obesity Research Center, the Placental Perfusion Research Laboratory, the Placental Pathology Lab, and the Chemical Dependency Institute.

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Application for the Fellowship Program in Maternal Fetal Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Candidates should apply to the MFM Fellowship Program through the Electronic Residency Application Serviceand the National Residency Matching Program

The timeline for admission to the fellowship position beginning in July 2014 is as follows:

7/01/12 Candidates may register with ERAS and begin to work on applications.
11/15/12 Candidates may begin submitting applications to our MFM Fellowship Program via the ERAS Web Site.
5/31/13 Last day to submit applications via ERAS for the position beginning July 2013.
Jun 2013 NRMP Registration Begins
Oct 2013 Match Day
7/1/14 2014 Fellow Begins Program

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