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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Program Description

This program is accredited, without certification, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The accepted candidate will receive training over a 2-year period in all aspects related to Maternal-Fetal Medicine. After completion of the program, a certificate will be issued by Western University recognizing that the candidate has completed training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Research opportunities are numerous and involve both basic science and clinical research projects with members of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division. Faculty members conduct strong research programs which are recognized at national and international levels.

Our tertiary care perinatal program has a referral-based population consisting of approximately 1.5 million people from Southwestern Ontario with approximately 6,000 deliveries per year in London. This provides ample clinical material for trainees. A comprehensive, unique, perinatal database, which has been collected over the past 20 years is available to be used for Continuous Quality Assurance, audit and clinical epidemiological studies.

Who are the teaching consultants?

  • Dr. B. de Vrijer: fetoplacental transport and metabolism in IUGR
  • Dr. R. Gratton: placental genetic markers of pre-eclmapsia
  • Dr. R. Natale: fetal anomalies and strategies for population health.
  • Dr. B. Richardson: fetal brain development/injury and indicators of fetal health.
  • Dr. J. Schmidt
  • Dr. G. Eastabrook
  • Dr. L. Lopes:
    • how hypoxia disturbs fetal hemodynamics and growth-Dopler study
    • stem cell and brain damage in perinatology
    • prematurity

How is the curriculum structured?

Over the 2-year period, the training consists of

  • six months in clinical Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • six months in Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • one month in Neonatal Medicine
  • three months in Reproductive Genetics
  • six months for an investigative project
  • In addition. a two-month elective period is available for one of the following: an investigative project, a clinical Perinatal Epidemiology course, Obstetrical Ultrasound, clinical Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Reproductive Genetics.

Training rotations and elective time available demonstrate the flexibility of the program and are designed to help the candidate to meet long-term academic objectives while meeeting the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

What are the prerequisites?

Candidates must have completed the General Obstetrics and Gynaecology Certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent prior to starting the subspecialty training program, if they wish their training to be accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

How will I be paid?

Salary at the PGY 6-7 levels is provided by the Ministry of Health of Ontario for Canadian trainees who have completed successfully a Canadian residency training program in General Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

How do I apply?

Full application must include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Undergraduate medical school transcripts
  • Transcripts from a a general Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency program
  • Three letters of reference

The deadline for applications is June 30th of the year the candidate wishes to commence training

Requests for application to the program may be directed to:

Dr. Laudelino Lopes
Program Director in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
London Health Sciences Centre
London, Ontario, Canada, N6H 5W9