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Department: MEOBG-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Course: 530-Fetal Intervention

Course Director: Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Alireza Abdollah Shamshirsaz, M.D.,Jimmy Espinoza, M.D.,Micheal A. Belfort, M.D.
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: OBGYN
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/wk; ~7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Upon completion of this elective, the student should be able to understand the pathophysiology, clinical evaluation and contemporary treatment of the following fetal conditions: • Fetal anemia • Amniotic band syndrome • Monochorionic Diamniotic twins complications such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome • Diaphragmatic hernia • Lower urinary tract obstruction • Congenital lung anomalies • Neural tube defects Understand the particular maternal issues associated with fetal surgery and the specific management strategies employed to avoid and to treat post-operative maternal complications. The student will meet with the rotation preceptor (Rodrigo Ruano) on a weekly basis on Friday mornings for one hour to review progress on readings and comprehension of the fetal diseases seen on the rotation. The student(s) will be expected to attend MFM/FI clinic, operating room and ultrasound clinic from Monday to Friday - schedule will be determined on a monthly basis, and the Fetal Center’s multidisciplinary management conference on Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM.
Learning Activities
Review the Diagnosis and Management modules for multiple gestation, genitourinary tract abnormalities, abdominal wall defect, gastrointestinal tract abnormalities, hydrops fetalis, and thoracic and neck mass from the Fetology textbook second edition. In addition, they will be required to review the online patient teaching video on twin-twin transfusion that can be found on the Texas Children’s Fetal Center website. Additional readings will be provided to the student in the form of a binder of summary articles. Participate in clinical care in the clinic setting, ultrasound suite, and operating room Participate in Fetal Center Multidisciplinary conference
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:
Instructions will be emailed
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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