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Residency Training Program: Maternal Fetal Medicine

 

About MFM

The McMaster University Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine is located at the McMaster University Women’s and Children’s Hospital. We are a group of 10 Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists.

McMaster University has always been innovative in all aspects of medical and inter-professional education; this is no less true for our undergraduate, postgraduate, and subspecialty training programs.

For information about Maternal Fetal Medicine Electives, please visit McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology "Electives" page.

About the Program

The fellowship program is a two-year program fully certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. We have the capability of accepting Canadian and International trainees. Fellows have intensive time in clinical MFM, prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound, research, in addition to other elective and selective opportunities. We see a high volume of fetal anomalies, in addition to a spectrum of maternal conditions. Surgical training includes diagnostic procedure such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, cerclage placement, and complex caesarean sections, among others.

Our program has the flexibility to enable fellows’ career goals. Historically, we have had trainees concurrently complete Masters programs and the Clinician Investigator Program

Another of the strengths of our program, as noted by the fellows, is that there is a clinic specifically for patients to be managed by the fellow. New consultations are done as well as follow up visits. The fellow has input into the types of patients that are booked. MFM faculty supervise the clinic and there is increasing autonomy over the course of the program. This is a horizontal experience that continues as a commitment throughout rotations (other than elective). Residents have consistently praised this experience noting it gives them a high degree of independence and allows them to mature in their clinical judgment which are both essential o a smooth transition to independent practice.

Additionally, the relative low volume of fellows at our centre compared to some other training programs ensures that our fellows have excellent exposure to unique and interesting clinical and procedural opportunities.

Hamilton itself offers many advantages as a city. It is central with respect to liaising with other MFM units. There is ease of access to Toronto and London for not only MFM-related issues but cultural, travel and other activities. There is a large amount of green space and since it is on the Bruce Trail, excellent hiking and other outdoor activities are possible.

Research

There are six blocks for research during the Fellowship. Each fellow meets with a Departmental Research Coordinator, and a Clinician-Scientist in the department, upon their arrival to discuss their previous research experiences, potential areas of interest, and career goals. Opportunities with various MFM faculty are discussed as there are a wide array of research interests amongst the faculty. Once the fellow has selected a research topic, the Departmental Research Coordinator sets up specific modules. These modules are taught by various faculty and are meant to guide the resident through key steps in developing a research project. The goal is to ensure the fellow’s efficient progress towards contributing in a meaningful way to the literature. The fellow should exit this program with a solid foundation in research skills and be on their way to establishing a research program in their future faculty role. 

Setting up multicenter research projects is possible and feasible within the time span of the fellowship. For instance, a recent graduate from the fellowship established a multicenter collaboration with University of Toronto and published results in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology during her two-year fellowship. When presenting the results of this study, the fellow earned the award for best MFM poster at the University of Toronto/McMaster MFM – Neonatology Research Day. 

We also encourage collaboration between departments, especially for larger scale studies investigating outcomes like quality of life or cost-effectiveness. We have strong relationships with other departments at McMaster which allows for creativity and exploration in research that goes beyond what could typically be managed by a single speciality or group.

Our fellows are consistently invited to present their research at prestigious national and international meetings and have successful publications in well-respected journals. 

Please visit  McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology, "Contact Us" page for the Departmental Research Coordinators contact information.  ​ 

Following Graduation

Upon graduation from our training program, all of our recent fellows have been immediately successful in obtaining a full-time position in various academic tertiary care centres across the country.  Many have remained active with various scholarly endeavors during their faculty appointments.

Application Process

We are proud of our program and our MFM graduates. We work well together. We receive very positive feedback from our fellows. Our division would welcome interested applicants to apply.

We are now considering applicants for the 2023 Match (for candidates who would begin the fellowship in July 2023).  Applications are due July 30, 2022 with interviews to follow prior to the Match. Virtual Interviews will take place in August.  The Match date is currently pending.

Please note that International Medical Graduates are encouraged to apply. Applications are considered following the Canadian Match date.​

For further information on how to apply, required documentation and to submit your application, please use the Fellowship Application Portal.   Incomplete applications with missing documents will not be considered.  

Reference letters are to be addressed to the program director and emailed directly to the fellowship administrative assistant, heathershiskoski@mcmaster.ca .  Under the reference section of the application, please upload a document listing your referees and their contact information.  

Inquiries regarding the program should be directed to Heather Shiskoski,  Fellowship Administrative Assistant – Education. Please visit our web page, McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology, "Contact Us" page for full contact information.

Program Director

Sapna Sharma, MD, FRCS(C)
Maternal Fetal Medicine
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, HSC-4D5
Hamilton ON L8S 4K1

sharms76@mcmaster.ca


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