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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship


The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program is located in Madigan Army Medical Center and can be reachedby taking I-5 Exit 122, traveling straight on Jackson Avenue and then turning onto MadiganAvenue to enter the Hospital Tower East Yellow Parking Lot. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program is located on the 3rd Floor of the Hospital Tower as part of the Antenatal Diagnostic Center.


The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) fellowship program at Madigan Army Medical Center was created in 1978 by Colonel (Ret) Joseph Sakakini, Jr. We have a proud history of fostering academic excellence and the program has enjoyed a 100% pass rate on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) written board examination since the program’s inception. Graduates from this program have gone on to become leaders in Army medicine and the MFM community. Our program, which is the only one of its kind in the DoD, is accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as of 2017. Prior to that, the program had been continuously accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1978. Unique from other MFM training programs is our specific mission to provide a primary source of Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialty trained teaching faculty to our DoD teaching medical centers and Obstetric and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residency programs.

The MFM fellowship curriculum provides a broad spectrum of clinical training experiences such as hands-on ultrasound, fetal echography education and rotations at our community based MFM outreach rotation at Naval Hospital Bremerton. The fellowship program also strives to provide a robust research experience for our fellows in both clinical and basic science research. The objective is to educate the fellow to have life-long skills to critically evaluate the medical literature, to be able to appropriately investigate clinical and basic science questions, and ultimately, be capable through scholarly activity of expanding the knowledge base of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Fellows are expected to learn the fundamentals of research and investigation and act as mentors for the residents and medical students in training. This goal is achieved through education in grant writing, IRB processes, statistical analysis, study design, manuscript preparation and thesis presentation and defense.

Our fellows, at a minimum complete 12 months of clinical MFM training, have12 months of protected research time, perform 2 months in a supervisory position on our L&D unit, perform 1 month of training in an intensive care unit as a participant in patient care, and have 9 months of electives at the discretion of the program director. The expected outcome is that our graduated fellows will be able to act as sole MFM consultant at a medical center with a referral basin that spans an entire continent. With few exceptions, our graduates will immediately become chiefs of the obstetrical service with an active OB/GYN residency program.

Individuals selected for the program must be officers in the U.S. military and must have completed OB/GYN residency training. They must have exhibited dedication to and a primary motivation towards an academic career in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The Madigan MFM Fellowship program accepts one applicant per year for the fully accredited three-year fellowship program. The Joint Service GME Selection Board meets annually in November to select applicants. Information about eligibility and applications can be found at: MODS under GME/DELAY.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the MFM Fellowship training program at Madigan Army Medical Center.

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Madigan Army Medical Center
3rd Floor, Hospital Tower
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431


Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays


Tel:  (253) 968-2417
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