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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Yale School of Medicine is to train leaders in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Specifically, we aim to recruit the most promising OB/GYN residency graduates, to educate and train them over a period of 3 years so that each fellow graduates as a highly competent independent MFM practitioner. Our goal is also to prepare them for future careers in academic medicine, research, and/or community-based practice. We strive to achieve these objectives within the context of a secure and nurturing learning environment that promotes excellence in the following: prenatal diagnosis, perinatal ultrasonography, obstetric surgery, critical care obstetrics, and inpatient and outpatient obstetric management. We aim to serve New Haven and surrounding communities within CT and beyond and are working to improve lives for women and families in our community and around the world. The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine is recognized as a leader in basic, translational and clinical research. We understand the importance of developing the next generation of MFM leaders through obstetric clinical practice, education, and research.

Program Aims

To meet these objectives, we expect our MFM Fellows to:

  1. Provide comprehensive and compassionate treatment to all women and families presenting for care.
  2. Acquire superior surgical skills and develop the knowledge base to understand the indications for and complications of individual surgical procedures.
  3. Acquire competency in managing normal and complicated obstetric patients before, during, and after delivery.
  4. Develop the judgment and communication skills required to serve as a consultant to generalist OB/GYN practitioners.
  5. Acquire the requisite skills in prenatal diagnosis and perinatal ultrasound to diagnose and counsel couples at risk.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental areas of MFM as laid out in the Guide to Learning in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The training program utilizes a combination of didactic lectures, chapter reviews, journal clubs, case conferences and research conferences to achieve this objective.
  7. To train educators in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  8. Perform cutting-edge clinical, basic science, epidemiologic and/or translational research.

Fellowship Application

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and NRMP (National Residency Matching Program).

Our deadline for applications is April 28, 2024 with the first round of invitations being sent on May 20, 2024. Applications will still be considered for those who submit according to the ERAS deadline of May 31, 2024.

Interview Dates

  • July 17, 2024
  • July 24, 2024
  • August 7, 2024

Contact Information

Interim Program Director: Mert Ozan Bahtiyar, MD
Program Coordinator: Michele Persiani

Dept of OB/GYN
Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208063
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8063
Telephone: (203) 785-2671


The Yale-New Haven Hospital Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program is academically oriented, with formal conferences, chapter reviews and lectures, as well as informal rounds. Half of the fellowship is devoted to clinical/basic science research. During his/her 3-year tenure, a perinatal fellow will complete all of the requirements of the ABOG Division of MFM. The perinatal fellow's clinical commitments include:

  • Serving as an inpatient attending together with a faculty member for a total of six months out of the three years
  • Working in outpatient high-risk obstetrics and ultrasound an additional 12 months

Yale-New Haven Hospital serves more than 6,000 pregnant patients per year, with a combined service of private and clinic patients. The high-risk service itself accepts about 150 transfers per year and averages 50 admissions per month to an 18-bed Maternal Special Care Unit. There are two outpatient ultrasound areas, staffed with sonographers and genetic counselors. Fellows gain extensive experience in diagnosing and counseling families with fetal anomalies.

Conference Schedule

  • Clinical Conferences

    • Daily Morning Report
    • High Risk Antepartum Rounds
    • High Risk Outpatient Clinic Rounds
    • Inpatient Morning Rounds (Daily)
    • OB/GYN Grand Rounds (Weekly)
    • Neonatal M&M (Monthly)
    • Women’s Center High Risk Rounds (Weekly)
  • Didactic Conferences

    • MFM Didactics (Weekly)
    • Clinical Genetics (Bi-monthly)
    • Research in Progress (Monthly)
    • Journal Club (Monthly)
    • Fetal Board (Monthly)
    • Fetal Care Center (Weekly)
    • MFM Patient Care Conference Call (Weekly)
    • Maternal Complex Cardiac Disease Conference (Monthly)
    • Fetal Echo Conference (Bi-monthly)
    • Reproductive Sciences Seminar Program Lectures (Weekly)
  • National/International Meetings

    • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1st Year Fellows Retreat
    • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting
    • Gottesfeld-Hohler 2nd Year MFM Fellow Ultrasound Course
    • Society for Reproductive Investigation Annual Meeting
    • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Annual Pregnancy Meeting
    • International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology World Congress
    • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Critical Care Course