Obstetrics & Gynecology

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview

The University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship educates and trains obstetricians and gynecologists to become highly proficient maternal fetal medicine clinician-scientists and leaders, well-prepared to provide high quality care, to develop as educators, and also to pursue and excel in scholarly activities.  The fellowship offers unique opportunities to work within a variety of novel, multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient clinical models with a focus on community, innovation, education, inclusion, and compassion.

The three-year ACGME accredited program spans across the main UMKC affiliates, University Health Truman Medical Center (UHTMC) and St. Luke’s Hospital (SLH), and also involves the Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) Fetal Health Center.  The fellowship is designed to develop clinician-scientists who are prepared to conduct research, teach, and provide high quality subspecialty care.

While rotating at these various sites, fellows work within multidisciplinary teams in service of a rich and diverse community.  At University Health, fellows lead quality improvement initiatives and community-based advocacy that continues to have a deep, meaningful impact on how we deliver care.  At Saint Luke’s Hospital, fellows work with cardiologists and intensivists alongside their MFM faculty in their nationally-renowned maternal cardiology program that is a hub of collaboration and research.  At the Fetal Health Centers, fellows are exposed to a robust volume of procedures, collaborating within a team that includes neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and cardiologists, palliative care workers.  In the course of training, time is dedicated for research, coursework, ultrasound interpretation, genetic counseling, and education.

Each fellow is expected to conduct independent hypothesis-based research under a mentor’s supervision to fit ABOG’s thesis requirements. The research opportunities include translational molecular, developmental pharmacogenomics, advanced ultrasound imaging, and clinical investigations. Conferences, graduate courses, and tutorial sessions round out the training to allow the fellow to achieve Board certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The fellows also have the opportunity to obtain a master in science (MS) degree in Bioinformatics through the University.  Our fellows have completed clinical trials, presented at international conferences, and given awards and recognition for their exemplary work.

The UMKC Obstetrics and Gynecology Department takes great pride in the MFM fellowship’s legacy of excellence, especially as many former fellows have returned as faculty, and as a division, we strive to provide a nurturing and intellectually stimulating learning environment that prioritizes the needs, education and growth of our fellows.

Devika Maulik, M.D., MSCR
Program Director & Associate Professor    
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology