Training Patient-Centered Physicians in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The mission of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is to advance the care of women at risk for obstetrical complications through innovative education, patient-centered care and scientific discovery. The program is focused on shaping a unique and comprehensive educational environment that prepares physicians to practice in a dynamic, value-based health care system. Additionally, the program encourages its trainees’ commitment to lifelong learning and evidence-based practice to provide outstanding individual care and sustain measurable improvements in the health of the greater population.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship’s educational goal is to provide advanced training to physician-scientists for the medical, surgical, obstetrical, fetal and genetic complications of pregnancy. Upon completion of training, graduates are prepared to practice independently, become leaders in their field, engage in scientific discovery, successfully offer consultation to their peers and deliver high-quality, value-based, patient-centered care to women.
Fellows learn, practice and reinforce person-centered, multidisciplinary and interprofessional care in a system that recognizes and rewards value by collaborating with and providing subspecialty-specific consultation to other providers. Additionally, the program combines traditional and innovative curricula and teaching methods through the following overall program objectives.
- Develop and refine comprehensive, advanced medical knowledge and procedural skills to provide outstanding patient care in the following areas: medical and surgical complications of pregnancy, fetal evaluation, genetic evaluation of women, families, and fetuses, ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis, critical care of pregnant women, interpretation of perinatal pathology, care/collaboration with other specialists in caring for women who require cesarean hysterectomy, and infectious diseases that affect mother or fetus.
- Learn and apply the principles of value-based care to promote cost-effectiveness, improve patient safety and enhance the quality of experience for the patients in our community.
- Collaborate with and lead cooperative, interprofessional, and multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes.
- Investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence and improve patient care through continuous life-long learning, self-assessment, teaching and scientific discovery.
- Adhere to ethical and moral principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.