Clinical Curriculum

At the Detroit Medical Center, the obstetrical and high-risk antepartum services and incoming maternal transports lead to diversity and a high volume of complicated pregnancies. Both MFM Division faculty and other selected subspecialists supervise the Fellows and offer mentorship and guidance throughout the training period to prepare them for independent practice within the subspecialty. There is a strong emphasis on the prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies using ultrasound and the performance of antepartum procedures, intrapartum procedures, and invasive procedures, such as amniocentesis. Fellows are also expected to gain competence in understanding the effects of pregnancy on the fetus/neonate.

Clinical Rotations include:

  • High-Risk Maternal-Fetal Medicine (outpatient, inpatient)
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound and Fetal Echocardiography
  • Genetic/Genomics
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology
  • Elective rotations (e.g. Pediatric Cardiology, Gynecologic Ultrasound)

Detroit Medical Center facilities include:

  • Maternal Special Care Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • 20 Mother/Baby Units
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Educational opportunities:

  • Perinatal/Neonatal Conference
  • Abnormal fetal case reviews and lectures
  • Pregnancy complication case reviews and lectures
  • Weekly MFM in-patient reviews
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Ultrasound teaching lectures
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds
  • Annual OB/GYN Ultrasound Symposium
  • Research Rounds at the Mott Center
  • Special lectures hosted by the Mott Center
  • Annual Wayne Day Conference

Fellows complete 12-15 months of research in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Division and the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development have both clinical and translational research divisions available, including an animal facility.

The Program has laboratories focusing on placental pathology, molecular biology, immunology, and cytogenetics. There is a focus on original clinical and translational research in parturition, reproductive immunology, microbiology and infectious disease, placental pathology and biology, biomarker discovery, and systems biology in reproduction. N

ovel and advanced research is also conducted in fetal and maternal sonography, fetal cardiology, and fetal MRI. Scientific publications are a strong emphasis.

Our Program provides Fellows with one of the most well-developed academic environments available in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

There is mentorship of Fellows by the Faculty in combination with a multidisciplinary team of experts. It is expected that a research thesis project will be completed before graduating from the Program. Databases in multiple disciplines (e.g. imaging, placental pathology) are available, as well as biostatistical expertise.