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Department: MEOBG-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Course: 507-Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Course Director: Jerasimos Ballas, M.D.
Course Faculty: Catherine Squire Eppes, M.D.,Christina Marie Davidson, M.D.,Robert James Carpenter Jr., M.D.,Michael James Lucas, M.D.,Martha Rac
Elective Location: BTGH,OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: OBGYN
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/wk; 8-11 hrs/day Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This elective will provide the student with a comprehensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient management of the high-risk pregnancy. The student should become familiar with such problems as preterm labor, preterm premature rupture of the membranes, the hypertensive disorders, and critical care in pregnancy. The student will also gain exposure to important procedures such as targeted ultrasound, genetic amniocentesis, and cerclage placement.
Learning Activities
The student will take part in daily rounds, gain first-hand ultrasound experience and take part in outpatient clinics with full-time Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists, OB/GYN residents and genetic counselors at both Ben Taub General Hospital (BTGH) and Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women (PFW). The student is expected to attend a weekly multidisciplinary conference at Texas Children’s Hospital and a weekly Maternal-Fetal conference at BTGH. At the end of the elective, the student will prepare a short talk on a topic to be presented at the final Maternal-Fetal conference of the rotation. The 4 weeks will be divided into 2 weeks at BTGH and 2 weeks in a private practice setting with Dr. Robert Carpenter. At BTGH, rounds and clinical duties are conducted 5 days a week. They are expected to be completed by 0715 in order for the team to participate in L&D board signout. The day typically ends at 1730 with evening L&D signout. For the 2 weeks with Dr. Carpenter, rounding will also be on a daily basis, followed by office hours, genetic counseling or independent study, depending on the particular day. The typical workday ends at 1700 during these 2 weeks.
Evaluation Methods
We will use the form provided by the Registrar’s Office, except in cases where Visiting Students provide a form from their own institution.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
will be notified by email
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Diane Jensen
Contact Phone: 832-826-7373
Contact Fax: 832-825-9352
Contact Location: Pavilion for Women, F1020.37

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