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The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship is part of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a tertiary-care center that serves as the maternal transport center for central Pennsylvania. Hershey Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit is state of the art. The ultrasound unit consists of top-of-the-line equipment and multiple sonographers with an annual volume of approximately 12,000 scans. The fellowship training occurs in outpatient offices, where the program director is located. Specialty rotations and electives are available.
In addition to the program’s clinical strength, resources for basic and clinical science research are significant. Fellowship faculty are funded in basic science, translational and clinical research. About a third of the fellowship time is devoted to development of research training endeavors. Fellows have a consistent educational and ultrasound curriculum dedicated to them and have the program director as mentor.
The fellowship training has complete dedication to the guidelines and recommendations of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Educational curricula include fellow core didactic series lectures, clinical and research journal clubs, ultrasound lectures, research reviews, a genetic series, epidemiology and biostatistics seminars and a perinatal multidisciplinary conference with the neonatal intensive care unit team. Perinatal genetic training includes amniocentesis, genetic counseling and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. The program also offers a graduate certificate in clinical research. Epidemiology and research methodology are incorporated into the curriculum. Training involves a well-balanced combination of perinatal consultations, genetics, prenatal diagnosis/treatment, high-risk obstetrical care and ultrasonography. Simulation Center training is also part of the fellowship curriculum.
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fetal Imaging Suite, a full-service obstetrical ultrasound facility, has received accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, an association dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of ultrasound. Accreditation means the practice has met nationally accepted standards and has demonstrated consistent excellence in patient care. Effectively and safely meeting the growing needs of patients is the division’s top priority and an asset to the fellowship teaching program.
The program has been fully accredited since its founding in 2009 by the current program director. It is both stable and actively growing. Fellows receive full support to present their research at national and international high-level meetings. This is encouraged and expected during the training of the fellows.
All graduates currently are in academic/academic-affiliated programs. Some include Penn State College of Medicine, University of Washington in Spokane, University of Toledo in Ohio, University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Tech University and Medical College of Wisconsin.
Learn More about the Fellowship
Applications for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship are accepted only through ERAS.
Only ERAS applicants will be considered for fellowship interviews.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 628-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital four consecutive times, one of 116 hospitals to do so
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- An eight-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013 and expanded in 2020
- 146 licensed pediatric beds, 18 acute care beds and a 56-bed neonatal intensive care unit
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I quaternary (highest-level) pediatric intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Intermediate care unit
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Welcome to Hershey
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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
- Visit BeWell – a health program designed to support Penn State Health employees
- See Penn State College of Medicine wellness resources here
Graduate medical education resources
Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through Inclusion Academy
- Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, Pa.
The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.
Previous presentations from the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship are listed here.