The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Surgical Fellowship is run by PCC Community Wellness Center in collaboration with the Family Medicine and the Obstetrics Department of West Suburban Medical Center. This fellowship program trains family medicine doctors to serve high-risk mothers and newborns in underserved communities.
In addition to hospital work, fellows have the opportunity to serve at PCC's sites, one of which has the only freestanding birth center in the Chicagoland area. The fellowship also offers an optional global health track which includes an additional year in the program.
Procedures & Training
The MCH Surgical Fellowship trains family medicine physicians to perform cesarean sections, operative vaginal deliveries, obstetric ultrasound, D&C, tubal ligation, as well as many other obstetric procedures. In addition, the fellowship trains phsyicians in high-risk obstetrics, Level II neonatology, and outpatient MCH services. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain further clinical experience in colposcopy with cervical biopsy, long-acting reversibile contraceptive insertion, endocervical curettage, and endometrial biopsy in their Family Medicine continuity clinics. Although ALSO certification is required prior to entry in the program, fellows will have the opportunity to earn NRP certification during the July orientation.
Fellows will participate in weekly didactic seminars, which include cesarean section and FHR review, case review for the Mortality and Morbidity conference, problem-based MCH topic presentations and discussions, as well as high-risk outpatient prenatal care review. Fellows will also prepare a Best Practice Guideline as well as a clinical or scholarly project on a topic of their choice.
Number of Fellows
Five fellows will be selected to focus on operative obstetrics in a high-risk community as the primary surgeon. They will take in-house MCH call, assist in the operating room, and take home call for surgeries.
$65,000 salary, 10 vacation days, 8 sick days, 3 personal holidays, 5 CME days with a $1500 CME reimbursement, hospital parking, and an insurance package.
Applicants must have completed a U.S. family medicine residency program by the start date of the fellowship (July); be board-certified or board-eligible; ALSO certified; and demonstrate a commitment to underserved MCH populations.
Global Health Track
The MCH Fellowship Global Health Track is a two-year fellowship that combines the experience of the one-year fellowship with a second year of international service and learning. Participation in the global health track requires Spanish language proficiency. Language learning resources are available for fellows who need them. Click here to learn more about the fellowship site in Peru.
Year One Activities:
- Participation in all standard track fellowship activities
- Additional training in procedures useful in international medicine, such as spinal anesthesia and appendectomies
- Creation and presentation of a best practice guideline on a global health topic
- Active participation in the global health lecture series and other didactic education in global health
Year Two Activities:
- Full-spectrum health care service to the people of the Napo River Valley who access care at or through the Santa Clotilde Mission in Santa Clotilde, Peru under the guidance of PCC faculty
- Completion of a fellow project that positively impacts the health and wellness of the people served
Salary and benefits are the same for both years of the global health track. During year two, global health fellows will be supported with a stipend and health insurance. In order to receive the stipend, fellows must commit to working for PCC for a minimum of two years upon completion of the fellowship.