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Maternal Child Health Fellowship

The West Virginia University Rural Maternal Child Health Fellowship is a non-accredited, non-traditional ACGME fellowship program that prepares family medicine physicians in advanced obstetrical and newborn care in a rural setting. The goal of the fellowship is to train physicians to competently perform C-sections but the focus is not all surgical. The fellowship will train providers in rural practice and help to support providers providing obstetrical care in rural communities. The fellowship aims to train family medicine providers to deliver family-centered maternity and newborn care with the goal of meeting the needs of rural areas. Family physicians with advanced obstetrical skills can provide both obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives the necessary support and relief to sustain and strengthen maternity services in rural communities. This program is unique as it focuses not only on operative and technical skills but provides the fellow with public health and community assessment tools to enhance the level of care in rural areas. The curriculum includes practical and didactic components with a rural experience with supervision, direct delivery, and perinatal outreach to specific rural communities.