WellSpan Medical Education

Welcome to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program

Welcome to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

A Brief History

The training prgram was established in 2013 with the vision of a strong community-based tertiary care hospital training program designed to prepare perinatologists for practice in the setting of their choice after graduation.  The fellowship has since continued to attract interest from qualified applicants all over the country and abroad.  Our fellowship is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.  We are transitioning to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and have recently entered Pre-Accreditation status and anticipate inital accreditation status in the near future.

Lifelong Experience

WellSpan York Hospital's Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine is a 3-year program approved for four fellows. A single positions is filled yearly, and every third year 2 positions are filled.  Our university affiliated program is designed to provide advanced training in the care of the pregnant patient and her fetus.

Location, Location, Location

York County has outdoor aventures, numerous historical attactions, and diverse cultural activities.  This includes a vibarant arts scene, year-round behind-the-scenes factory tours and dining options varying from ethnic and gourmet to farm fresh.  The rolling hils and picturesque river shorelines pair perfectly with a bustling central downtown where you'll find all the amenities of a big city with that "home-town" feel.  We are just 45 minutes north of Baltimore, 2 hours from Philadelphia, and a short drive to Gettysburg and Hershey, PA.

York Hospital is nestled just outside the heart of downtown York. The large academic teaching and tertiary care hospital provides acute and non-acute care to residents of central and southern Pennsylvania, as well as northern Maryland.  The hopsital has an accredited level 1 trauma center.  Our busy Labor and Delivery unit averages more than 3100 deliveries annually.  The hospital, with a dedicated antepartum unit with central fetal monitoring, and our Antenatal Testing Center located just up the hill from the hospital will be where your primary clinical training will take place.   The hospital service involves consultative medicine as well as patient management on the MFM service.  Obstetrical intensive care is provided directly by MFM in the surgical ICU and in collaboration with the intensive care unit in the medical and surgical ICU's.  The Maternal transport service is very active and utilizes ground and air ambulance transfer.

Your Faculty

The program is organized by the Program Director, Dr. James Hole, DO, FACOOG and Associate Program Director and Curriculum Coordinator, Dr. Shobha Mehta, MD.  Faculty includes Dr. Robert Gherman, our dedicated research faculty and seven MFM physicians, sixteen certified perinatal sonographers, four Genetic Counselors, two Perinatal Nurse Practicioners, four Perinatal Diabetes center personnel, three antenatal testing personnel. The fellowship has a dedicated program coordinator to assist you with all administrative aspects of the program.

The More You Know...

Fellows are immersed in a rigorous training program.  Educational objectives strictly adhere to ACGME guidelines.

Our Program includes:

  • Complete maternal-fetal risk assessment and management of pre-conceptional, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum complications
  • High risk operative obstetrics
  • A full range of fetal diagnostic ultrasound and antenatal testing, with accreditation through the AIUM
  • Fetal echocardiography lab, directed by MFM and is independentaly accredited through AIUM and ICAL
  • Invasive maternal fetal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including:

     - Amniocentesis

     - CVS (transvaginal and transabdominal routes)

     - Fetal vesicocentesis/thoracentesis

     - Cordocentesis

     - Fetal transfusion medicine

  • Surgical training in the placement of elective and emergent/rescue cerclage and prophylactice cervico-isthmic permanent cerclage
  • Perinatal Diabetes program, providing care for all perinatal diabetes care for WellSpan and the majority of South Central PA
  • Consultation and Management of pre-existing maternal and obstetrical medical complications
  • Supervision of the Resident High Risk OB Clinic and WellSpan perinatal Addiction Program

The Schedule

The 36-month program consists of:

1 month of Genetics                    2 months Fetal Echo

1 month of Diabetes                    7 months Antenatal Testing Center

1 month critical care                   10 months of Labor & Delivery

2 months of L&D  Supervision    12 months of Research

Block Schedule:


Educational Resources:

  • Extensive research library
  • Emig Research Center
  • Laptops for individual use throughout the program
  • Weekly division ultrasound case review
  • A minimum of 4 hours weekly of dedicated didactic time
  • Department grand rounds and MFM conferences
  • Extensive OB simulations (planned and run by the MFM simulation Coordinator and the fellows)

Stipend and Benefits

  • Bi-Weekly pay
  • Annual Education fund
  • Paid Time Off - includes educational time off and interview time(3rd yr only)
  • Health Insurance
  • Reimbursement for up to 2 professional society dues
  • EAP
  • Food Allowance


  • Application Deadline:  June 1st
  • Interviews:  generally scheduled in September
  • Candidate Chosen:  Generally by late October
  • Program years:  July 1st through June 30th
  • Contact info:  Kit Pifer, MFM Fellowship Program Coordinator
  • Email (preferred) - kpifer2@wellspan.org; Phone:  717-851-3811
  • Mail:  35 Monument Rd, Suite 202, York PA 17403

In addition to the paper application we are currently using you will need to provide the following:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Transcripts
  • NBOME Bd Scores (COMLEX)
  • Letters from OB/GYN Residency Director
  • Residency Case logs

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