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Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program


The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver is designed to prepare fellows for an academic career and to develop the clinical skills required to serve as a perinatal consultant. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is well funded and serves as one of the centers for the NIH Women’s Reproductive Health Research grants. 

Program Details

During the three-year ACGME accredited​ training program, the fellow will spend a minimum of 1 year in protected research activities, 15 months of perinatal clinical work, and 6 months of electives (clinical or research time).  Clinical activity includes involvement with high-risk patients on the antepartum service, high-risk obstetrics clinic, and diabetes clinic, as well as extensive experience in the prenatal diagnosis center with ultrasound, genetic amniocentesis, fetal blood sampling and transfusion, and placental biopsies. Clinical activity is carried out in 3 primary areas: 1) at the University of Colorado Hospital where 250-300 maternal-fetal transports occur annually, 2) at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado where the fellow participates and is exposed exclusively to evaluation and treatment of pregnancies complicated with fetal anomalies, multidisciplinary educational and family conferences with multiple pediatric subspecialties, and fetal intervention procedures (laser for TTTS, in utero MMC repair, fetoscopic procedures, etc), and 3) Outpatient prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound and genetic consultations at any one of several sites staffed by our MFM faculty. The fellows have an extensive didactic experience including a Maternal-Fetal Physiology course that occurs on a 3-year cycle.

There is a significant basic science and clinical collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, as well as other departments in a productive collegial environment. There are large and small animal capabilities, including an internationally renown perinatal research facility using a sheep model of IUGR . Training in all aspects of molecular biology is available. The research program has a wide variety of basic and clinical research options with an emphasis on experimental design and data analysis which are offered to the fellow through four possible research tracts:

    • Placental Biology Track

    • Fetal Physiology Track

    • Reproductive Biology

    • Clinical track

              -  Prenatal Diagnosis and Genetics

              -  Obstetrical Clinical Research Track

              ​-  Fetal Intervention Track

    • ​Infectious Diseases 

Application Requirements and Directions

The application deadline is May 1, 2018. We will require the standard ERAS application, CV, USMLE & CREGO scores, three Letters of Reference and Personal Statement. Please send your additional application materials as email attachments to Please state in this email that you are applying for the MFM fellowship.

Please Make Sure to REGISTER with NRMP​​

Current Fellows

Amy Hermesch, MD
Class of 2017
Residency: University of Illinois

Rebecca Jessel, MD
Class of 2017
Residency: Bringham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital

Jessica Ehrig, MD
Class of 2018
Residency: Scott & White Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Christina Rodriguez, MD​
Class of 2018
Re​sidency: University of Utah

Rachel Rodel, MD
Class of 2019
Residency: Banner University of Arizona

Laura Gisela Rodriguez-Riesco, MD
Class of 2019
Residency: University of Colorado