Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is to provide comprehensive evidence-based counseling and care for patients at high risk of complications during pregnancy in order to improve patient and neonatal outcomes. We additionally contribute to the growth of our field via education and training of future Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians and by contributing to advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention through research.

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Welcome to the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! We are the high-risk pregnancy subspecialists within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and we serve as consultants to the entire Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as the rest of the Penn State Health system. We specialize in pregnant persons and their fetuses with complex medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, prior preterm delivery, history of pregnancy loss, multiple gestations, fetal genetic conditions, and fetuses with congenital anomalies. We provide consultative services, obstetrical screening and diagnostic testing, obstetrical ultrasound, as well as antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. As a core division in our academic practice, we are committed to excellence in patient care, education of medical trainees and the community, and are productive in multiple areas of research contributing to our field.

Jaimey M. Pauli, MD, FACOG
Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Jaimey M. Pauli, MD, FACOG, Division Chief

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Education in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine division is active on all levels of education at Penn State College of Medicine from medical student core curriculum lectures, Problem Based Learning and clerkship teaching, to residency didactic and clinical teaching, MFM fellowship didactic and clinical teaching, and institutional teaching (invited internal and external grand rounds, NICU fellow rotations and didactics). Our educational activities include:

  • MFM weekly meetings (Wednesdays from 7 to 9 a.m.)
    • includes the MFM fellowship didactic series with lectures by internal and external speakers, high risk case reviews, ultrasound quality reviews, journal club, collaborative patient care meetings (ex. monthly Cardio-Obstetrics meeting).
  • OB/GYN residency rotations in inpatient and outpatient Maternal-Fetal Medicine (PGY-2 and PGY-3)
  • OB/GYN residency Maternal-Fetal Medicine lectures
  • Medical and physician assistant student OB/GYN clerkship rotations in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • REP 730 Reproductive Medicine course (MS2)
  • OBGYN 722 Maternal-Fetal Medicine Acting Internship
  • OBGYN 724 Preparation for Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology Elective
  • Perinatal Conference (weekly clinical review and CME lectures)
  • Complex Fetal Care Center monthly meeting
  • Problem Based Learning facilitation (Dr. William Curtin)
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference facilitation
  • Grand Rounds lecture speakers

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The division includes several physicians with appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as other departments: Dr. William Curtin (Pathology and Laboratory Sciences), Dr. Lauren Plante (Public Health Sciences) and Dr. Serdar Ural (Radiology).

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine division works closely with the Neonatology (NICU) from a clinical, research and educational perspective. The two divisions have a weekly perinatal conference that includes case reviews as well as a CME lecture series spearheaded by Dr. James O’Brien.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine division is one of the main participants in the management of patients in the Complex Fetal Care Center (CFCC), a multidisciplinary program that provides diagnostic, consultative, prenatal and coordinated delivery services for patients carrying a fetus with a medical or surgical condition. Dr. Pauli is the Co-Director of this program that includes multiple pediatric subspecialties: Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Genetics, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, NICU, Orthopedic Surgery, Palliative Care, Plastic Surgery, Surgery, and Urology.

In 2023, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division began a collaboration with the Adults with Congenital Heart Disease program, forming a Cardio-Obstetrics clinic focused on comprehensive care for patients with heart disease who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. This collaboration is led by Dr. Lauren Plante.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine division also has a collaborative clinic with Neurology specializing in pregnancy (Dr. Lakshmi Shankar), and works frequently with the Obstetrical Anesthesia team and the Surgical Anesthesia Intensive Care Unit to care for complex and critically ill pregnant patients.

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