About the Program

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the sole tertiary health care center for the State of Iowa, as well as, receiving referrals from out of state.  The Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Iowa is designed to permit maximum growth of clinical and research skills. We adhere to a basic philosophy: fellows are here for academic pursuit and development of world-class clinical skills. 

The fellowship program is designed to provide advanced training in the care of the pregnant woman and her fetus and in the use of advanced technical instruments and research skills. There is a strong emphasis on ultrasound and genetics (including a Combined MFM/Clinical Genetics Fellowship option), as well as an intensive exposure to invasive procedures/fetal therapy/prenatal diagnosis. The purpose of the fellowship program, therefore, is twofold. First, the graduate of the fellowship program is expected to function as a subspecialist in maternal-fetal medicine. Second, the graduate of the fellowship program is expected to be trained in advanced clinical and/or basic research and, thus, capable of expanding the knowledge base of this subspecialty.

Fellows will receive a minimum of 12 months of clinical training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine and a minimum of 12 months of protected time for research.  Additionally, each fellow will be assigned a one month rotation in the surgical and neurosciences intensive care unit and assume the role of supervisor on the labor and delivery unit for a two month rotation. Finally, nine months of electives focusing on specific clinical or research areas will also be assigned to each fellow under the direction of the program director.