Educational Experience

Fellows have protected for educational activities each week regardless of the rotation to which assigned. Fellows are encouraged to attend all department Morbidity and Mortality Conferences, Case Conferences, Quality Improvement Conferences, Grand Rounds and Guest Lectures. In addition, we have a three year educational curriculum that is outlined and provides for both self-directed and didactic learning by encouraging the fellow to prepare for given topics prior to didactic sessions which are conducted, as appropriate, with a flipped classroom and case-based model. The curriculum covers all of the major areas outlined in the ABOG Guide for Learning in Maternal Fetal Medicine. In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend the EXXCELLENCE in Clinical Research course to expand their education on research design, analysis and interpretation.

Clinical Experience

The clinical portion of the fellowship program is based at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center which is the primary Women's Hospital for Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.  There are approximately 3,500 deliveries a year at Ochsner Baptist and we serve a diverse population of patients farm across the entirety of Southern Louisiana as well as in to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  As the flagship of hospital for Women Services in the Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Baptist is the tertiary referral center for high risk pregnancies throughout the entire Ochsner Health Systems as well as a number of other facilities throughout Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.  This inpatient setting provides fellows with wide breadth of experience in high-risk obstetrics including maternal medical and surgical complications as well as obstetric complications.

During outpatient months, fellows attend clinics focused on ultrasound as well as clinics dedicated to care of patients with medical or obstetric complications of pregnancy. Follows are expected to prepare prior to clinic reading any pertinent medical literature and developing an evidence-based plan that can be discussed with supervising faculty prior to presentation to the patient.  For both obstetric as well as medical complications, the fellow is afforded with the opportunity to learn how to develop and coordinate a multidisciplinary approach to care with medical subspecialists as well as neonatal and pediatric subspecialists as needed.  During these outpatient clinics, fellows are also taught principles of genetic counseling and the modalities of screening and diagnostic prenatal testing. 

For electives, fellows may choose from 2-4 week rotations in outpatient ultrasound, outpatient genetics, neonatal ICU, obstetric anesthesia, adult congenital heart and pediatric cardiology, and research.