Department of Family and Social Medicine

Family Centered Maternity Care Fellowship

Family Centered Maternity Care Fellowship Montefiore Health System Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx NY

The Program

The 1-year Family-Centered Maternity Care Fellowship trains family physicians to provide family-centered maternity care, interconception through delivery, focusing on the special needs of patients in urban underserved communities.

Working in the complex social setting of the Bronx, maternity care fellows develop expertise in caring for patients at two federally qualified health centers with over 300 prenatal patients per year. Fellows learn to address the social realities of medicine in an underserved, economically challenged, urban environment.

Fellows are trained to provide all aspects of appropriate, competent prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care. behavioral objectives>> 

Curriculum

Inpatient 

Most of the fellow’s inpatient service is spent on labor and delivery at the Wakefield Campus of Montefiore Medical Center. Fellows work closely with obstetric and family medicine residents for a minimum of two 12-hour shifts per week.

Block Rotations 

Fellows also spend dedicated time on the following rotations:

  • genetics
  • infertility
  • reproductive health
  • diabetes
  • obstetrical ultrasound
  • antepartum
  • high-risk obstetrics
  • high-risk labor and delivery
  • neonatology

Outpatient 

  • 5 half-day sessions per week in family medicine clinic
    • prenatal clinic/groups
    • family medicine continuity clinic
    • precepting resident clinic
     
  • 2-3 half-day sessions per week in clinical education (rotations)

Call 

  • Fellows have no required in-house call; however, they are encouraged to deliver their own patients
  • Fellows have weekend call at the Family Medicine Wakefield Postpartum and Newborn Service every 4-6 weeks

Faculty Development 

  • Weekly meeting with OB fellowship faculty member assessing learning goals
  • Attendance at an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) instructor course
  • Participation as ALSO instructor candidate in local ALSO course
  • Present weekly conferences for family medicine residents and attending
  • Administrative experience as Chief Resident for family medicine maternity care

Teaching 

Fellows are trained to be educational leaders for the next generation of family physicians providing maternity care. Fellows teach students and residents and complete research projects that advance medical scholarship related to societal risks in pregnancy.

Application & Admission

Selection Process 

Two fellows are accepted to the program each year.

Applicants to the Family Centered Maternity Care Fellowship must have completed an accredited residency training program in family medicine. Candidates must be in good standing and either board certified or board eligible.

A selection committee made up of the maternity care faculty will review each application received. Selection of candidates to interview will be based on the following:

  1. Proven clinical competence
  2. Excellent communication skills
  3. Prior training and commitment to maternity care
  4. Feasibility of success in the field

Candidates from racial and ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who seem likely to become leaders in the field.


Application Preparation 

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Curriculum vita
  2. Personal statement including the following:
    1. Why has the applicant chosen to pursue maternity care training?
    2. What career goals (research, clinical, academic) does the candidate have in mind?
    3. What expectations does the candidate have of the fellowship program?
    4. Where does the candidate plan to practice?
     
  3. Two letters of recommendation
    1. one letter must be from the director of the applicant’s residency training program
    2. one letter should be from a physician who can assess the applicant’s procedural skills
     

Application Deadline 

Applications are due by January 1 of the year preceding the start of the fellowship.


Interviews 

Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Interviews are conducted from September through January, and applicants will be notified of decisions by February 15.


State of New York Medical Licensure 

All fellows will need an active New York State license at the time of initiation of the fellowship.

Contact

For more information, contact Rebecca Williams, MD, rewillia@montefiore.org 

Supervision

Family Medicine 

Rebecca Williams Department of Family Medicine Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYRebecca Williams, MD, MHPE, FAAFP (bio) 

 

Mary Duggan Department of Family Medicine Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYMary F. Duggan, MD (bio) 

 

Obstetrics 

Nancy Judge Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYNancy E. Judge, MD (bio) 

 

Neonatology 

Deborah Campbell Department of Neonatology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYDeborah E. Campbell, MD (bio) 

Program Director

Rebecca Williams Department of Family Medicine Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYRebecca Williams, MD, MHPE, FAAFP (bio) 

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine 

 
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