The focus of training during the fellowship is an in-depth exposure into all aspects of maternity care. The fellow spends half of his/her time in the community health centers that provide the care for the medically underserved of Salt Lake City. This practice offers the fellow a multitude of prenatal care and the opportunity to deliver high-risk obstetrics patients, in addition to full spectrum family medicine panel.
During the other half of the time, the fellow essentially functions as an upper-level obstetrics resident on busy services at the University of Utah, LDS, and IMC Hospitals on labor and delivery. Both of these hospitals deliver between four to five thousand babies each year. These services provide all levels of obstetrics risk with instant access to a very savvy and interested faculty. Fellows typically perform 120 cesarean sections as the primary surgeon. They receive hands-on instruction in obstetrical ultrasound and training in vaginally-assisted deliveries, both vacuum and forceps. They serve in a primary role of providing care to high-risk obstetrical patients, with the immediate availability of chief residents and obstetrical and perinatal attending physicians.
Early in the year, the fellows attend the family-centered maternity care meeting sponsored by the AAFP; fellows also become certified ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) instructors. The fellows play an important role in helping coordinate the obstetrical teaching service at LDS Hospital for the family medicine residency - and in running monthly FP OB morbidity and mortality conferences for all family medicine deliveries at LDS Hospital and the University of Utah Medical Center. The fellows will give at least one family medicine grand rounds for the residency and community family physicians. The fellows serve as faculty for the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course sponsored by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
Call is approximately every four to seven nights. Fellows are expected to deliver their own patients when available.
Duration of the fellowship is one year.