Dr. Cynthia Maxwell
Staff, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto
Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Training Program
Site: Mount Sinai Hospital
Application Deadline: Canadian
July 1st of the year preceding the year of your anticipated start date
Application Deadline: International Medical Graduates
July 1st two (2) years preceding the year of your anticipated start date
Note: A valid TOEFL IBT score, cover letter and academic curriculum vitae (CV) are required.
Initial enquiries for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship training program should be directed to mfmfellowship.MSH@sinaihealthsystem.ca. Please forward your CV as well as a cover letter explaining your interest in MFM training as well as your interest in our program specifically. If you fulfill our entry requirements, you will be asked to complete a Fellowship Application Form. You will need to provide 3 written, electronically-signed PDF, or faxed references.
To All Applicants:
If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-MPA-Specialities-Matching-Service.pdf.
Note: you can download the full program description here.
This Fellowship program is supported by a diverse range of highly qualified faculty and provides excellent training in clinical and academic Maternal Fetal Medicine. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program is two or three years in duration with an evolving level of responsibility and expectations.
The overall vision of the program is to mentor talented academic physicians to secure faculty positions at university hospitals throughout the world. The goals, objectives and specialty training requirements as outlined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are met within the program. This is the largest Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program in Canada and offers training at the forefront of all aspects of the subspecialty.
The program includes modules in maternal and fetal medicine, fetal ultrasound, genetics, pathology, paediatrics as well as a research component. It is structured as a two year program, and in some cases can be extended to include a third year depending on the candidate’s interests. The diverse background of successful applicants to the program together with their achievements, assures the program of its preeminence in Canada.
Year 1 of the program includes 4 three-months rotations as follows:
- Inpatient Clinical Perinatology (ward service)
- Fetal Medicine
- Maternal Medicine
During these rotations, half-day sessions are protected for research training. These sessions are to be used to develop ideas for more intensive period of research training in Year Two. Friday afternoons are protected for the Academic Half Day program.
During Year 2, the fellow is assigned to several subspecialty rotations, as well as a research and elective rotation:
- Chronic Villus Sampling
- Genetics and Perinatal Pathology
- Fetal Cardiology
- Elective (may include advanced Fetal or Maternal medicine; Anaesthesia; ICU; MRI imaging; off-site rotations are permitted with Program Committee approval)
The Fellow is expected to reach the following objectives by Year 1:
- focus on obtaining a refined history and physical examination;
- develop a detailed management investigation plan and liase with Maternal/Fetal Medicine staff;
- develop knowledge of appropriate laboratory and medical imaging interpretation skills;
- participate in teaching of clinical clerks and resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology;
- become aware of patient flow considerations
- review all cases with staff.
By Year 2, the Fellow is expected to achieve the following:
- a clear focus on detail of patient management;
- effective thorough management and disposition of patients;
- effective development of skills and diagnostic consultation;
- teach housestaff with minimal Maternal/Fetal Medicine staff input;
- to work effectively with allied medical and nursing staff to Maternal/Fetal Medicine and fill the role of staff physician with teaching;
- manage a functional area of the division (such as the high-risk floor) with minimal staff intervention.