Pediatric Surgery Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Study with leaders in the field at the Michigan Medicine Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, where you’ll learn all aspects of fetal physiology and congenital abnormalities in partnership with our multi-disciplinary partners in the Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment Center.

Program Overview

The Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program is a 1-year program, and we accept 1 fellow each year. This program is designed for applicants who have completed at least 3 years of a General Surgery residency program.

This fellowship program offers:

  • Well-rounded training: Fellows learn comprehensive fetal care, from diagnosis and prenatal counseling to intervention and postnatal follow-up. Fellows gain extensive experience in medical decision-making by working with colleagues to identify which patients are candidates for fetal intervention. The fellow will work with specialists in fetal intervention across the disciplines of maternal-fetal medicine, radiology, neonatology, neurosurgery, cardiology, genetics, and anesthesiology.
  • Excellent mix of clinical and research opportunities: During this 1-year program, fellows spend 6 months in clinic and 6 months on clinical research, making connections between their research interests and their cases. Fellows are frequent presenters at conferences, gaining experience in sharing their work.
  • Advanced techniques: As part of clinical training at U-M, fellows learn advanced procedures, including surgical treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and management of infants on ECMO.

Curriculum

Fellows spend 6 months on clinical activities and 6 months on clinical research, and gain broad exposure to all aspects of fetal medicine, including:

  • Prenatal ultrasound
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Fetal MRI
  • Prenatal testing
  • Genetic counseling
  • Percutaneous procedures
  • Fetoscopy
  • EXIT procedures
  • Open fetal surgery

Fellows also take intermittent call on the pediatric surgery service, caring for critically ill children and operating on emergency cases. You’ll work with an expert team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric and fetal surgeons, as well as the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialists at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

Our Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment Center, led by fellowship director and pediatric and fetal surgeon George B. Mychaliska, MD, builds on long-standing collaborations among the Women's Hospital, the Children's Hospital, and other established prenatal programs at U-M, including the Fetal Diagnostic Center and the Congenital Heart Center’s fetal heart program.

Research & Academic Opportunities

Fellows will find a robust network of research mentors, projects, and resources to engage with at Michigan. Fellows also attend an international conference on fetal medicine. By the end of the fellowship, fellows finish multiple abstracts and publications.