OBST 7541: Advanced OB/Gyn: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Jessica Nyholm, MD

Course Coordinator:  Danielle Spizzirri, spizz003@umn.edu


MS Year:  late MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods

Total credits (weeks):  4

Consent requirement:  None

Patient care:  Yes

Clinical site(s):  Students will spend time at the following sites: FR:

  • UMMC-Fairview West Bank, 2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center, Floor 4, Fairview Riverside Building, 606 4th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  Students work closely with the MFM resident PGY 2 and/or 3 assigned to L&D. Student will paticipate in morning rounds and sign out daily. Will be involved with inpatient and outpatient care of the MFM practice. Overnight call is not assigned, but can be taken at discretion of student/resident.


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  Grade of either H or E in OBST 7500.  Students should be planning on an Ob/Gyn residency program

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  Yes


Discipline(s):  Obstetrics and Gynecology

Description:  Students will receive in-depth exposure to diagnosis and management of maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy. It is recommended that students take this course in Period SP3 aor SP4 of year 3 or during year 4.

Course objectives:  Students will be under the guidance of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty. Students will be involved in both the inpatient and outpatient care of Maternal-Fetal Medicine practice including the diagnosis and treatment of: preterm labor, preeclampsia, fetal structural and genetic abnormalities and maternal medical conditions complicating pregnancy. Students will see detailed ultrasound examinations, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and possible other invasive fetal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as fetal shunt placement or EXIT procedures. They may also choose to spend time with a genetic counselor, pediatric cardiologist (performing fetal echocardiograms), or other pediatric sub-specialists in prenatal consultation for fetal abnormalities.


Graded components:

  • Clinical Assessment by attending

Grading scale:  H/E/S/N


An evaluation of the elective by the student will be set up in E*Value.


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