Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

A pregnant patient getting an ultrasound at OHSU.

The OHSU Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship started in 1982. OHSU is the only academic medical center in Oregon, and its hospital and associated clinics are expanding rapidly. The main campus is located near downtown Portland with a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River.

We seek fellows dedicated to a career in academics that have the potential for substantial contributions to MFM through research and/or education. This program strives to position fellows for career success through a balanced mix of extensive clinical training and research training. Fellows have the opportunity to be involved in either clinical and/or basic science research. Mentorship is provided by the MFM fellowship planning group that includes fellowship director Kathleen Brookfield, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant fellowship director Rachel Pilliod, M.D.,  division chief Leonardo Pereira, M.D. M.C.R., and department chair Aaron Caughey, M.D. Ph.D.

  • Fellows teach residents and health professional students and have the opportunity to develop and strengthen mentorship skills.
  • Fellows take call from home, but are expected to be first-call when on call with the support of attending backup to serve as MFM consultants to OHSU and the greater medical community.
  • The OHSU MFM faculty is dedicated to providing strong mentorship for the fellow.
  • Fellows are offered opportunities to further develop as academic clinicians including lecturing, participating in writing literature reviews, acting as manuscript reviewers, and pursuing either a Master's degree or a certificate in research.
  • Fellows enjoy protected time to attend conferences, sit for the general OB/GYN oral board exam, and other opportunities for professional development in MFM (such as the Perinatal Research Society Young Investigators workshop and NICHD Young Investigators Conference).
  • The opportunity to see how accurate "Portlandia" actually is while living in one of the most beautiful parts of the county.
  • Download an example of a fellowship schedule

Mentorship is provided by the MFM division. Group fellowship meetings are held monthly with Drs. Brookfield and Pilliod to discuss fellowship-related issues. In addition, the fellowship program director meets with each fellow individually on a biannual basis (or more frequently if needed) to review the progress of his/her research and professional development.

Although fellows achieve autonomy in the provision of outpatient and inpatient clinical care and fetal ultrasound, MFM faculty are always readily available for support, questions, and teaching. MFM faculty provides additional mentorship to facilitate and support fellow research during project development, recruitment, statistical analysis, publication, and thesis preparation.

Fellowship education

As education is a top priority, fellows have protected time for all educational activities.

Human Investigations Program (HIP): The primary objective of the HIP program is to increase the number and level of competency of patient-oriented clinical investigators and the course is directed toward young investigators and fellows. Prior fellows have all completed the HIP program successfully during their fellowship. There are two tracks within the HIP program, successful completion leads to either a graduate Certificate of Human Investigation or a Masters of Clinical Research awarded by OHSU.

Certificate of Human Investigation: The university supports a free two-year course-work based program specifically directed toward creating clinician-researchers. It is an integrated clinical and translational research education curriculum.

Master of Clinical Research (MCR): The three-year OHSU MCR program provides formal training for clinicians and scientists who desire to make clinical and translational research a prominent part of their long-term career goal.


Fellow education is highly important; fellows are expected to participate in regular conferences including:

  • Annual national meetings including Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Society of Reproductive Investigation
  • Weekly MFM division meeting and fellow didactics, multidisciplinary Fetal Therapy Conference, and Oregon Perinatal and Neonatal Network conference
  • Monthly perinatal ultrasound conference and division research meeting
  • Bimonthly MFM journal club, joint neonatology and MFM meeting, joint neonatology, pediatric cardiology, and MFM conference, and joint MFM and adult congenital heart disease conference

Second Fellow Position

OHSU MFM Fellowship Program has the ability to accommodate a total of four fellows. There are two graduating fellows, one 2nd year fellow, one 1st year fellow and two incoming fellows. We will be matching one fellow this year.

All required residency education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited program located in Canada.

CREOG scores are not required.

A complete application must include:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Official transcripts
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • Personal statement
  • Photo
  • ECFMG (if visa sponsorship is required)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (1 must be from Director of your OBGYN Residency Program)

ERAS applications due May 3rd.

Single interview notification date - May 17th.

Applicants need to respond to interview offer by May 24th.

All interviews are virtual. 


Vanessa Reeves, Fellowship Coordinator 
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To apply online please visit the ERAS website.

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