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OBGYN Adds Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at UTGSM

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine now offers a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program. The three-year fellowship is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Kimberly Fortner, MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), has been named Program Director.

This sub-specialty program is designed to train fellows in comprehensive maternal and fetal care, genetic screening and counseling, and advanced ultrasound and diagnostics. During the clinical years, fellows participate in the full spectrum of intrapartum care, from critical care medicine to outpatient consultation and management of chronic diseases in pregnancy. MFM fellows also learn from other associated disciplines such as anesthesia, pulmonary/critical care, simulation, and neonatology to improve their skills in collaborative care and consultation. One full year of the fellowship is dedicated to research and scholarly activities to improve the fellow's skills in scientific thought and critical review of the literature.

Dr. Fortner said, "MFM Fellows improve clinical integration of pregnant women across the hospital and GME system, improving their safety, interdisciplinary care, and the education of those caring for them."

Dr. Fortner joined UTGSM faculty in 2015 as an Associate Professor. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine followed by residency at Johns Hopkins. After spending three years in practice at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Dr. Fortner completed a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Duke University, practiced and taught OBGYN at Vanderbilt for four years, and then returned to UT.

OBGYN Chair Larry Kilgore, MD, said, "The MFM Fellowship is a major accomplishment for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, completing a long-term goal. Fellowships elevate education, research, and patient care while developing faculty and keeping all at the top of their game."

For more information and to apply, visit: http://gsm.utmck.edu/obgyn/fellowship/maternal-fetal-medicine.cfm.

Posted: June 22, 2020

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