The Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides trainees with a comprehensive educational program which will expose fellows to all aspects of fetal medicine. Our program is conveniently located on the border of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and East Harlem. This program exposes our fellows to patients from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and difficult maternal, obstetric, fetal, and neonatal complications. Our fellowship provides comprehensive training in medical management of various maternal conditions including an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients.
We provide extensive training in the following areas:
- Fetal diagnosis and therapy
- Invasive procedures (CVS, amniocentesis, multifetal pregnancy reduction, etc)
- Science and clinical research
- Clinical management of complicated pregnant patients
- Ultrasound and fetal echocardiography
Fellows learn how to manage complicated conditions through a combination of formal didactic lectures and interdisciplinary conferences in fetal echo, genetics, neonatology, pediatric cardiology, urology, and surgery. Our formal interdisciplinary meetings are attended by MFM specialists, obstetric anesthesia, nursing, and specialists involved in the case.
While our fellows work closely with residents and attendings, they also have the opportunity to create their own plans in both in-patients and out-patient clinic settings. The fellow-run (MFM attending supervised) ultrasound clinic is one of the most unique opportunities for fellows to learn ultrasound skills and manage a busy ultrasound unit. Through elective and fellow-driven research, our program allows students the opportunity to focus on a variety of areas including genetics, fetal echocardiography, infectious diseases, ultrasound-guided procedures, and biostatistics.
We support fellowship research activities with one-on-one mentoring as well as providing dedicated research coordinators and a team of biostatistician/epidemiologists that assist with study design and analysis. We hold weekly research meetings to provide updates and guidance, and often work with a team of residents and students who assist in research projects. We are proud of the significant number of oral and poster presentations at national meetings, including SMFM, AIUM, ACOG, and SRI.
Our fellowship follows all required guidelines and is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We have a designated research coordinator as well as a Departmental Vice Chair of Research to assist in all ACGME-related activities.
Our graduating fellows have a long history of continuation in academic medicine and continued research, as well as the opportunity to advance their careers in ways that best fit their personal lives. With the education and experience from the MFM fellowship, our fellows are well trained to practice medicine in any circumstance with the ability to make outstanding clinical decisions and perform difficult advanced procedures.
The educational programs within the MFM fellowship are designed to enhance the career by providing further opportunities for our fellows. Our educational program includes conferences and didactic sessions, a fetal echo lecture series, and monthly genetics conferences. We also host weekly interdisciplinary and anomalies conference with MFM, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric surgery/cardiology/urology, and other services.
A few of our current scheduled educational programs are as follows:
Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Wednesday 7:30-8 am
Grand Rounds: Wednesday 8-9 am
Daily High Risk and Labor Floor Rounds: Daily 7:30-8 am
Fellow Lecture Series: Tuesday 7-7:30 am
Monthly Genetics Conference: Monday 12-1 pm
Weekly NICU Multidisciplinary Meeting: Friday 8:30 am
Weekly Anomalies Conference: Friday 8 am
Meet Our Leadership and Faculty
Under the leadership of Joanne Stone, MD, MS the faculty and staff at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship program at the Icahn School of Medicine contribute to the education, research and training of our fellows.
Meet Our Fellows
Fellowship programs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) provide students with the opportunity to expand what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real life experiences. As a fellow, you will receive support through mentorship and individualized support.
3rd Year Fellows
Catherine Bigelow, MD
Residency: Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Patricia Rekawek, MD
Residency: Mount Sinai Health System
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
2nd Year Fellow
Lorraine E. Toner, MD
Residency: Danbury Hospital
Medical School: St. George’s University
1st Year Fellows
Shaelyn O’Hara, MD
Residency: SUNY University at Buffalo
Medical School: University of South Florida-Morsani College of Medicine
Juan A. Peña, MD, MPH
Residency: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
How to Apply
Applications for the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) program.
We conduct interviews over three days in July and August. If you are granted an interview and you are unable to be present due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Tara Jefferson to see if a skype or face-time interview can be arranged. During the interview day, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with MFM faculty, fellows, and other important members of the department.