A maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist is a doctor who helps take care of women with complicated or high-risk pregnancies. Usually, MFM specialists have trained as obstetricians and have also completed three extra years of training in high-risk pregnancy. They are also called perinatologists or high-risk pregnancy doctors.
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|The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)|
|A maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist is a doctor who helps take care of women with complicated or high-risk pregnancies. Usually, MFM specialists have trained as obstetricians and have also completed three extra years of training in high-risk pregnancy. They are also called perinatologists or high-risk pregnancy doctors.|
|$2,950 per training year|
|To be eligible to apply to join a subspecialty training program in Australia or New Zealand, doctors must have successfully completed and been accredited with at least 138 weeks FTE of satisfactory Core Training, passed the MRANZCOG/FRANZCOG Written Examination, passed the MRANZCOG/FRANZCOG Oral Examination, or have applied to sit the FRANZCOG Oral Examination to be held in the first half of the year in which they intend to apply to join a subspecialty training program, or have obtained the FRANZCOG.
Doctors must also possess general medical registration in the relevant state or territory with no restrictions, conditions, undertakings or any other limitations that would adversely impact on or limit their ability to train towards and ultimately act as maternal-fetal medicine physician.
Trainees can apply in year 4 of core training to commence maternal-fetal medicine training in year 5. Successful completion of all core training requirements, including advanced surgical skills, or satisfactory completion of the research component of the FRANZCOG training program.
|Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)|
|Sub-specialties written examination: $1,330
Sub-specialties oral examination: $3,150
In-hospital clinical examination: $1,185
- High risk obstetrics: Minimum of two years
- Minimum procedures: Personally perform 2,000 scans
- 100 amniocenteses
- 50 Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) procedures
- Neonatology experience: 100 hours attendance at neonatal ward rounds over three-year program
- Genetics clinics: Attend 12 perinatal genetics clinics
- Perinatal pathology: Attend at least 12 clinical pathology meetings and one full perinatal autopsy
- Biostatistics and research methods: Complete an assessable course offered by a tertiary institution, with three hours of instruction per week for one semester
- Special elective: One year spent in an area of special interest
For more information including assessment details see the https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/Training/Subspecialist-Training/Apply/"_blank">CMFM Handbook
|The Certificate in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (CMFM) Subspecialty Committee advertise annually (in the January, February and March issues of the Training and Assessment Bulletin and Collegiate, and the March issue of O&G Magazine) for prospective CMFM trainees to apply through the national selection process for a training position in the CMFM sub-specialty training program, which leads to certification as a sub-specialist in maternal-fetal medicine.
Successful national selection process candidates are then responsible for obtaining their own position in an accredited training unit.