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Clinical training

During the first year of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, the initial four months are spent on the specialty service so you can get to know the Obstetrical staff and gain proficiency using the electronic medical record system.

You also spend time on the antepartum service, labor and delivery, Maternal Fetal Medicine consultative service and in the ultrasound unit. Mayo Clinic currently has five high-end sonography machines, with one ultrasound room dedicated to education. You care for your own ultrasound patients and learn to perform an efficient and thorough targeted scan, including fetal echocardiography.

You spend two months on electives and six months initiating your research project. You will spend one-half day per week during your research time throughout your three years of training performing ultrasounds or high-risk consults to maintain your skills.

During the second year of the fellowship, you repeat a four-month block on the Maternal Fetal Medicine service, complete two months of electives and another six-month block of research time. Your third year of the fellowship is spent compiling, analyzing and drafting your research during a four-month block, completing your final antepartum service rotation over four-months. Then, there is a final two-month block to complete and submit your research projects and two-months of electives rotations.

Elective rotations may include:

  • Laboratory or clinical genetics
  • Critical care
  • NICU
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Obstetric anesthesia

During the clinical Maternal Fetal Medicine block rotations, you will gain hands-on experience in evaluating, diagnosing and managing a wide variety of maternal and fetal problems encountered during pregnancy.

Call duty

In-house and Maternal Fetal Medicine call will be rotated with the staff consultants. Call is beeper/home call generally taken for one week out of every four with a Maternal Fetal Medicine staff physician as your back-up.

In-house call is for Obstetric/Maternal Fetal Medicine patients and will occur approximately two times per month on average. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the ACGME and complies with the ACGME's duty-hour requirements.


Moonlighting is not required and is allowed with the permission of the program director. It should not, however, interfere with any of your fellowship requirements or ACGME duty-restrictions.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and development of technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your fellowship.

You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty members on a quarterly basis, and these evaluations will be shared with you by the program director. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty and your educational program to ensure that your needs are being met.

A Masters degree in Clinical and Translational Science is offered through a collaboration with Mayo Clinic's Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) and is highly recommended. This program prepares the individual for a career in research by intensive studies in research design, execution and analysis.

Master's Degree Minimum Credit Requirements

Students must complete 24 credits, which are approved by the CTSA Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as required by the Mayo Graduate School.

The curriculum consists of 17 required credits and seven elective credits from either the Clinical and Translational Science (CTSC) electives or any other course listed in the Mayo Graduate School catalog (requires that you be logged into the Mayo network).

Elective courses outside the CTSC discipline will need approval by the CTSA Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee. At least one-half of the credits taken and included in the degree program must be graded under the A-F system. It is expected that a minimum of one year will be devoted to research.

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Research training

In addition to the Master's Degree in Clinical and Translational Science, if you have a desire to pursue basic science research, we offer several opportunities for these both within and outside our department. Department basic science researchers have been focusing on placental endocrinology and invasiveness using a variety of markers particularly as related to preeclampsia.

Members of our division have been remarkably active in giving four to five presentations yearly major association meetings (e.g., SMFM, AUIM, SGI, SOAP, APGO/CREOG).

Whether pursuing clinical, animal or basic science research, the goal is to provide an organized approach developing a research question, hypothesis generation and the necessary technology to test your hypothesis. Generally, several manuscripts will be expected during the course of your three-year fellowship.

  • Feb 21, 2013
  • ART404942