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Curriculum

A simulation center faculty at Mayo Clinic instructs an obstetrics hospitalist fellow on suture technique

The Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers a robust curriculum designed to provide immersive training in clinical and academic leadership for obstetrics and gynecology physicians.

Clinical and research rotations

See the general rotation schedule for the first and second years of the Obstetric Hospitalist Fellowship.

Year one

During the first year of the Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship, you spend the initial ten and a half months on research and completion of graduate courses in order to complete the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Postdoctoral Certificate Program. This program requires a minimum of twelve Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences didactic credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as well as attendance at the Writing and Publishing High-Impact Research Manuscripts Workshop. The final requirement is submission of a first-author manuscript based on the results of your clinical and translational research project.

The remainder of the first year is clinical with rotations consisting of Family Birth Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Obstetric Anesthesia.

RotationLength
Research 10.5 months
Family birth center 2 weeks
NICU 2 weeks
OB Anesthesia 2 weeks

Year two

The majority of the second year of fellowship consists of clinical rotations in the Family Birth Center. In addition, you will spend time in the Intensive Care Unit where you will care for critically ill patients including those who are pregnant or postpartum.

While rotating at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you will work in collaboration with community physicians and midwives to assist with patient care, gain leadership skills, and lead simulations.

Two months are spent on the Maternal Fetal Medicine/Ultrasound rotation to gain additional experience in managing high-risk complex patients with medical, obstetrical, and surgical complications. Your time spent in the outpatient ultrasound setting will expand your technical skills and enhance your interpretation of images.

The remainder of time in your second year will be dedicated to research and completing your chosen research project.

RotationLength
Family birth center 6.5 months
ICU 1 month
Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, WI 2 months
Maternal fetal medicine/ultrasound 2 months
Research 2 weeks

Call frequency

In-house shifts on the Family Birth Center in Rochester and in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, will be assigned and work hours will follow the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) work-hour policy.  Mayo Clinic complies with these recommendations. There will be no at home call. 

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is allowed with program director approval. Moonlighting may not interfere with required learning and program requirements and must not violate the work-hour rules of the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (MCSGME).

Didactic training

Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship didactics will occur weekly on Wednesday. Fellows will participate in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Maternal Boards Multidisciplinary Case Conference, obstetric anesthesia didactics, neonatology didactics, and pertinent maternal fetal medicine didactics and journal clubs.  During these times, you will be excused from clinical duties.

Fellows also complete the necessary graduate courses, twelve credit hours, in order to complete the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Post-Doctoral Certificate Program. You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as required by the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The curriculum consists of seven required credits and five elective credits. You will also take a six-week graduate level pelvic anatomy course.

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are innumerable. As a fellow, you have access to experienced faculty mentors, research coordinators, statisticians, and extensive academic library support. Research efforts are supported by funding and protected time which enhances the scholarly output of research projects and manuscripts. Trip funding is available for oral and poster presentations at annual meetings such as the Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and others.

Evaluation

To ensure that fellows acquire adequate knowledge and development of technical skills to meet program expectations, performance is monitored carefully during the Mayo Clinic Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship. Fellows are evaluated formally by supervising faculty on a quarterly basis. Meetings are held with the program director to review these evaluations and provide feedback. Fellows also regularly evaluate faculty to confirm fellows’ educational needs are being met.