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Altru Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship

Altru Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship offers advanced and intensive training to those interested in practicing obstetrical care. Potential applicants are required to have graduated from an accredited three-year family medicine residency and must be a board-certified family physician.

Graduates of the fellowship complete approximately 100 c-sections and 50 vaginal deliveries. Exposure to other areas is dependent on the fellow’s desires for training and the needs of the community they will be serving. Fellows will also receive adequate training and privileges during their fellowship for D&C, vasectomy, colposcopy with or without LEEP, postpartum tubal ligation, and more.

During the one-year fellowship, teaching opportunities are available for fellows to act as a peer mentor/educator for residents and medical students.

Basic Goals:

  • Management of general labor and delivery patients
  • Triage of obstetric patients
  • Management of High-Risk OB patients
  • Competence in the surgical management of obstetric patients, including cesarean sections and tubal ligations
  • Preoperative assessment of the labor patient and fetus
  • Appropriate resuscitative equipment and drugs
  • Pain management options for the laboring patient, risks and benefits of individual anesthesia choices
  • Complications and management of anesthesia procedures
  • Emphasis of current anesthesia guidelines and recommendations
  • Post-anesthesia care
  • Resuscitation of the labor patient and infant
  • Recognition of special needs infants, appropriate genetic testing and follow up
  • Diagnosis and step management of infertility
  • Competence in office Ultrasound for obstetric patients
  • General understanding of liability issues in providing obstetric care

Curriculum

  • Labor and Delivery – 32 weeks
  • Gynecology – 8 weeks
  • Neonatology – 4 weeks
  • Family Practice Teaching Service – 2 weeks
  • Ultrasound – 2 weeks
  • Urology – 2 weeks
  • Elective – 2 weeks

OB fellows are expected to take OB call throughout the year and maintain a continuity clinic of at least two half days every week.

Application

Applicants are accepted from July 1 to September 1. Two positions are open every year, with preference given to Altru Family Medicine Residency graduates. Application requirements include:

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

All application requirements can be mailed to the residency or emailed to Kelsey Huttunen, Program Supervisor, at khuttunen@altru.org. Altru FMR reserves the right to determine the number of interviews conducted.

Benefits

  • Yearly Stipend - $75,504
  • $2,000 Moving Stipend
  • 15 vacation days and 5 CME days
  • $3,000 in CME funding
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • FSA or HSA (dependent on health insurance plan selected)
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability (short and long-term)
  • Retirement Planning – 401(k)
  • Malpractice Insurance

Program Contacts

Dr. Heidi Philpot
OB Fellowship Program Director
hphilpot@altru.org

Kelsey Huttunen
Program Supervisor
khuttunen@altru.org
701.780.6810

For any additional program information, please review our OB Fellowship Handbook.

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