Do your fellows participate in resident education?
Yes, our fellows are active in teaching our residents. They participate in daily rounds, supervise the residents in the maternal-fetal medicine clinic and on labor and delivery, mentor residents in research, give lectures throughout the year and facilitate resident presentations of obstetrics morbidity and mortality conferences.
Do your fellows take call?
Compliant with ACGME guidelines, MFM fellows on their research month will take in-house labor and delivery call up to three days per four weeks with an in-house MFM attending. These are typically 12-hour call shifts. Our fellows are required to take weekend call about every third weekend. During weekend call, they are present in person for labor and delivery sign-out, and the remainder of the call is pager call from home. The call schedule is determined by the fellows.
Is there a NICU at Geisinger?
Yes, we have a Level IV NICU with 28 beds at Geisinger Medical Center and a Level III NICU with 12 beds at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
How are evaluations handled?
Fellows are evaluated by faculty after every rotation. Twice each year, our fellows are evaluated by all staff. All these evaluations are reviewed by the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC), and the results are presented in a meeting with the fellowship program director. Twice a year (and as needed), fellows will meet with the program director to review their progress, strengths and areas for improvement as reflected through monthly evaluations. During these meetings, our fellows can evaluate training opportunities, rotations and faculty. Fellows evaluate MFM faculty twice annually and the results are reviewed with the faculty.
How accessible is the program director to the fellows?
The program director is available to fellows at any time, and they have monthly scheduled meetings. Fellows also work clinically with the program director while they’re seeing patients.
Is your faculty academically active?
Yes, our faculty members work on research projects that include management of fetal intrauterine growth restriction, management of gestational diabetes, decreasing complications of pregnancy associated with obesity and approach to induction after rupture of membranes. All MFM faculty meet with the fellows every four to six weeks to review their research progress. Our previous program director is the director of research, and as part of this role, they’ve created a Resident and Fellow Research Curriculum to help improve the research and mentoring experience.
When can I expect to hear about the status of my Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship application submitted through ERAS?
Applications are reviewed by the program director, and final interview offers will be sent in early June.