Ascension Providence Hospital Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Faculty Contact: William Blessed, MD

Rotation Location: Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

Duration of the Rotation: 4 weeks

Students Per Month: 1

Work Hours: Weekdays; no call

Prerequisites: 2 years of medical school; completion of OBGYN core clerkship and review of secondary application found here.

MSUCHM Course #: OGR 610

General: Demonstrates to the student the approach to the high-risk obstetrical patient in a community hospital.

Goals & Objectives: The student elective program at Ascension Providence Hospital in Maternal-Fetal Medicine has the following objectives:

  • Perform a complete history and physical examination on an obstetrical patient and recognize potential high risk patients.
  • Participate in consultations on pregnancies complicated by risk factors.
  • Understand how various medical problems (eg, diabetes, chronic hypertension, etc) can impact pregnancy.
  • Know and understand the techniques available for monitoring ante-partum fetal well-being and develop an understanding of how to interpret this data.
  • Participate in genetic consultations and prenatal diagnosis.

Student Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Be familiar with terminology concerning obstetric patients (definition of terms and their proper usage).
  • Be able to obtain a basic history and physical examination on an obstetrical patient with high risk factors.
  • Be able to present cases to the resident/attending with a focus on high risk factors.
  • Attend department and resident didactic conferences.
  • Participate in daily rounds on high-risk patients with the resident assigned to the service.
  • Participate in High Risk clinic (Monday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon) with the resident/chief resident on the High Risk Obstetrics service.
  • Present a noon conference on a high risk topic as assigned by the chief resident/attending.

Method: The above is accomplished by direct observation/patient care supplemented by the limited use of didactic lectures and self-directed reading, reviewing primarily what was taught in the first two years of medical school, e.g. review of diseases such as diabetes/hypertension and their effects on pregnancy, review of basic genetics, etc.

Evaluation: The Rotation Director will collect data from the supervising physician and other medical team members and complete a written evaluation of the student that is reflective of the student’s academic competence, procedural proficiency and professional attributes. The standard medical school form from the student’s medical school will be used. If required, the student should complete a case log and an evaluation of the rotation and submit them to their medical school.