Integrated Maternal Fetal Medicine-Medical Genetics

Program Overview Application Eligibility
Application Process Residency Schedule


Overview

The Maternal Fetal Medicine-Genetics combined training program is a four-year program that is jointly administered by the Department of Genetics and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At the conclusion of the program the trainee is board eligible for both medical genetics and maternal-fetal medicine. Unlike the other combined training programs (Internal Medicine-Medical Genetics and Pediatrics-Medical Genetics), this program can be entered only after the completion of a residency in OB-GYN and is therefore part fellowship, part residency.

The benefits of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Medical Genetics program are many and include:

Enhanced clinical skills. The training provided through this program will enable the physician to provide more comprehensive care for the pregnant woman, her fetus, and then the child. All aspects of clinical care are enhanced by this combined training, beginning with prenatal genetic counseling, prenatal diagnosis and management of high-risk obstetrical conditions, delivery, and postpartum management. The maternal-fetal medicine medical geneticist will be expert in developing a differential diagnosis for the fetus with one or more anomalies and will have a greater understanding of the clinical consequences of each syndrome due to their exposure to these children in their genetics training. They will be expert in providing genetic counseling due to their increased familiarity with the clinical and genetic aspects of possible disorders, as well as the fact that they will have had specific training in the genetic counseling process. Furthermore, this person will be a resource for their colleagues for complex anomalies cases or those involving involved genetic risk questions.

Novel research questions. The combination of maternal-fetal medicine and medical genetics training will permit the physician to identify specific research questions that would not be recognized by someone with only one part of the training. Their familiarity with genetic principles and research techniques will allow them to look at questions in a different way compared to someone with only maternal-fetal medicine training.

Education. A maternal-fetal medicine medical geneticist will be a valuable educator. He or she will be able to provide genetics education to OB-GYN residents and fellows and mentor residents and fellows on research projects.


Application Eligibility

Completion of an accredited OB/GYN residency program and acceptance by both departments are prerequisites.


Application Process

Applicants interested in applying to the Combined MFM/Genetics Fellowship Program should apply through ERAS and specify their interest in the required personal statement. John Owen, M.D., is the fellowship director in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. If you have any questions concerning the Medical Genetics portion of the training, please contact Nathaniel Robin, M.D. Applicants should apply directly to John Owen, M.D., fellowship director in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. This program does not use the NRMP-Matching system.  Applicants must provide the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement addressing training goals
  • Three letters of reference

 

Residency/Fellowship Schedule

Month Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four
July Genetics Consult MFM Research Genetics Biochemical Genetics Research
August Genetics General MFM Clinical Genetics Consult Genetics Research
September Genetics Consult MFM Research Genetics Prenatal Genetics Research
October Genetics General Genetics Consult MFM Clinical MFM Research
November Genetics Consult Genetics Cancer MFM Clinical MFM Clinical
December Genetics Prenatal Genetics Research MFM Clinical MFM Research
January MFM Research MFM Clinical Genetics Research Genetics Elective
February MFM Clinical MFM Clinical Genetics Research Genetics Research
March MFM Research MFM Clinical Genetics Research Genetics Research
April MFM Clinical Genetics Consult MFM Clinical MFM Research
May MFM Clinical Genetics Molecular MFM Clinical MFM Clinical
June MFM Research Genetics Cyto Lab MFM Clinical MFM Research


Note:

  1. At the completion of the program, trainees will be board-eligible for both maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) and medical genetics.
  2. There are three weeks of vacation each year.
  3. Clinical: There are 15 months of clinical training in MFM and clinical genetics.
  4. Research: The 18 months of research will focus on a project that is relevant to both genetics and maternal-fetal medicine and must be jointly approved by both training program directors. Research month blocks may have < 10% clinical assignments (i.e., four half-day clinical assignments per month).