The Metropolitan D.C. Medical Genetics Program also offers new subspecialty training in a combined program of maternal-fetal medicine and med genetics in collaboration with the Washington Hospital Center Maternal-Fetal Medicine-Medical Genetics Fellowship Program. The combination of these two programs provides a unique training opportunity for understanding the genetic etiologies seen in prenatally diagnosed anomalies and the impact of genetic and metabolic disease on healthy and high risk pregnancies.
The four year training program is open only to those who have already completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
The fellowship is structured to allow two years of focus on maternal-fetal medicine and two years of focus on medical genetics. As part of the maternal fetal medicine component, fellows will obtain advanced knowledge of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effect on the mother and fetus,ensuring a continuum of excellence in care from fetal to newborn periods. They will also develop expertise on the most current approaches to diagnosis and treatment of women with complicated pregnancies, including ultrasound, fetal echocardiography and MRI, and invasive procedures such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, and cordocentesis. Medical Genetics is a complementary training program in the genetic basis of disease, both adult and pediatric, including cytogenetic, molecular, and metabolic evaluations, and extensive exposure to dysmorphology.
During the four years of training, there are 18 months of focused research in combined areas of maternal fetal medicine and medical genetics. This program has been designed to ensure that upon successful completion, the graduating fellow will possess clinical competence in maternal-fetal medicine and medical genetics and will be able to function both as a consultant to obstetricians and gynecologists for women with complicated pregnancies and as a basic science and clinical researcher in maternal fetal medicine and medical genetics.
After completion of the combined fellowship, the fellow will be eligible to sit for the subspecialty boards in both Maternal Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics.
Last Reviewed: December 24, 2012