Course Information

Presentation

The 'Master in Maternal-Fetal Medicine' offers advanced education in maternal-fetal care. The training consists of a theoretical-practical part and four face-to-face weeks in Barcelona.

The theoretical-practical part includes an online training through specific modules to acquire basic and advanced knowledge, as well as different practical tasks such as discussing clinical cases and submitting images to validate the acquisition of the needed skills. This part is supported by an interactive platform consisting of discussion forums and Masterclasses taught by experts in the field.

The second part of this Course consists in 4 face-to-face weeks in Barcelona. During these weeks there will be Meet-the-Professor sessions, practical workshops on invasive procedures, advanced simulation lab and clinical cases discussions. (See more details in the academic guide).

Target audience

Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with at least a 2-year dedication background on fetal-maternal medicine*

*The academic syllabus of the Master includes topics not directly related to imaging. Professionals interested in a version of the course focused on imaging  and , therefore, suitable for  radiologists and sonographers, please send an email to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

General objective

Participants will receive high-level training in all relevant aspects for the practice of maternal-fetal medicine in provided by sub-specialists with a consolidated reputation and experience in clinical practice, teaching and research.

Teaching structure

The teaching program includes 6 thematic modules covering all relevant aspects for the practice of maternal and fetal medicine. Each module is open for completion by participants for 6-8 weeks. A seventh module includes the Research Project.

Online theoretical modules and evaluation tests

Each module contains videos with theoretical content that can be seen online. These modules have a determined duration and will be carried out consecutively. Whenever a module is completed, there will be an evaluation test by multiple-choice questions that can include images and videos, with specific deadlines of completion.

Masterclasses

The Masterclasses are interactive sessions with the professors that will be scheduled in the form of live online webinars, in which the students will ask their questions to the experts, with the objective of solving any doubts that may have remained. These sessions will be held before the end of the online exam period of each module, and they will be coordinated by a moderator to ensure that they run smoothly.

Practicum

For each module, a set of ultrasound images must be obtained by the participant and sent in electronic format through her/his personal interactive platform.

Images must be obtained according to pre-established criteria for the acquisition, quality and magnitude, and include virtually all common ultrasound exams conducted in the practice of advanced fetal medicine.

The images will be assessed and scored by the tutors of the course; the students will receive a personalized feedback that will allow them to detect possible pitfalls in order to improve their clinical skills.

The objective of this part is to provide decision making and problem-solving tools in ultrasound scanning that are essential in the doctor’s daily clinical practice.

Clinic cases resolution

A forum will be created for each module using the Moodle platform. The students will be given access once the module is open. It will constitute the place to share questions and doubts regarding the studied topics.

The directors of the module will propose clinical cases to generate a debate between the students.

Face-to-face Week

From March 28 to April 8, 2022

From November 7 to November 18, 2022

The course includes a 4-weeks period in Barcelona, that consists in:

  1. Meet-the-Professor sessions, in which the students will be able to discuss in person the most relevant aspects of each module with expert professors in that specific area of knowledge.
  2. Practical workshops on invasive procedures, with the use of simulators and guidance from experts in these procedures.
  3. Clinical cases sessions, in groups of 10-12 participants, where some examples of real clinical cases will be discussed to put the knowledge acquired in the different modules into practice. Participants will be asked to present their own clinical cases and they will be discussed within the group with the supervision of an expert.

Research project

The students should elaborate a final research project that will be evaluated by the expert committee. There are two modalities of final project to choose:

  • Systematic review of the literature on a current subject related to the content of the course.
  • Original research in the student’s own setting.

The topic of the final project must be proposed by each student. The proposals must be sent to the coordinator team before November 30, 2021 in order to be assessed by the scientific committee, which will evaluate their suitability.

The scientific committee will establish the definitive topic for each student’s project and assign a tutor to guide the student during the project’s development. It is necessary to pass the final project assessment (the passing score is 70) to obtain the university degree.

Course duration

From September 15, 2021 to March 30, 2023.

Organized by

Fetal I+D Education Barcelona

Course directors

Eduard Gratacós

Francesc Figueras

Scientific committee

Dr. Olga Gómez

Dr. M.D. Gómez Roig

Dr. J.M Martínez

Dr. M.Palacio

Dr. F. Crispi

Dr. E Eixarch

Dr. M. López

Dr. A. Borrell

Scientific coordinator and webmaster

Dr. Lina Youssef

Academic coordinator

Ms. Mercè Sabaté

Technical Secretariat

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Venue

The presential part will take place in Barcelona.

Registration fees

12.000,00 €

Payment

  • Once the application is accepted, a payment of 4000 € must be made before July 10, 2021 to confirm the registration. This amount will not be refunded in case of cancellation.
  • The second payment of 4000 € will be made before August 10, 2021.
  • he third payment of 4000 € must be made before September 10, 2021. After August 1, 2021, this payment will not be refundable, except for major causes that must be justified with the corresponding documentation.

Pre-registration and selection criteria

The number of places is limited. To apply, it is necessary to fill out the pre-registration form within the established period. The form will be available from March 20 to June 30, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Pre-registration requirements:

  • To be a medical doctor.
  • To fill in the form in the Pre-Register section with the requested information, your CV and a motivation letter.
  • To send a Reference letter by mail: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
  • The receipt of your application will be confirmed within a maximum of one week from the date of submission.

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scoring

  • CV (3/10): research and teaching experience; and professional achievements.
  • Reference letter (3/10).
  • Motivational letter (2/10).
  • Country of origin (2/10): applications from countries with less than 3 other candidates will be awarded 2 extra points, for distributive purposes.

Selection results

From June 30, 2021, selected applicants will receive an email indicating that they have been accepted with the necessary information to start the registration process.

  • We recommend you to read previously the information available on our website in the section “to take into account before preregistration”.
  • Applicants not admitted will receive an email indicating that their application has not been accepted.
  • Pre-registration requires a commitment to accomplish the planned educational activities to pass the course, including the evaluations and the submission of images and clinical cases in each module within the established deadlines (including a recovery period). Thus, we request that you do not submit your pre-registration application if you are not sure that you can accomplish the course requirements, either because you are not able to attend the presential part, or meet the deadlines for the submission of images, exams, payments, etc.

Cancellations

In the case of abandoning the course, the applicant must present a letter to the course coordinator, requesting the cancellation of his/her registration. The registration fee will not be refunded.

Course Certificate

  • A diploma that certifies the completion of the "Master in Maternal-Fetal Medicine " will be issued by Maternal Fetal Medicine Barcelona with a qualification certificate. To obtain the course certificate, it is essential to pass all the theoretical and the practical parts of each module.
  • After satisfactory completion of all tests and materials required, participants will be provided with a university Diploma. It is a university-specific master's degree* awarded by the Continuing Education Institute-IL3 at the University of Barcelona. The name of the diploma awarded by the University will be: “Master’s degree in Fetal Medicine” and it has 62 ECTS credits.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA

What is a university-specific qualification?

• According to the regulations of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) most European universities offer specific degrees. In Spain, pursuant to article 2(g) of the Organic Law on Universities [Ley Orgánica 6/2001, de 21 de diciembre, de Universidades], the government allows Spanish universities to independently issue university-specific diplomas and qualifications. This enables the University to add to the official training it offers these so-called university-specific qualifications.

• University-specific qualifications are specialised courses with various names (master's degree, postgraduate, expert, etc.). They are designed to flexibly meet the needs that arise in the labour market and society, so they are aimed at achieving objectives such as:

  • Providing specialised training with an immediate impact in the professional world.
  • Updating professional knowledge in order to encourage skills-building for professional practice.
  • Making a connection between academic work and social reality (this objective is supported by the frequent organisation of qualifications that are taught through an agreement with public institutions and private companies).

• Therefore, the Master degree in Fetal Medicine is an official University-specific degree issued by the University of Barcelona through its institute for continuous education (IL3). This degree certifies that the participant has received specialized training in maternal and fetal medicine.

What is the difference between university-specific qualifications and official qualifications from universities?

• The main difference between the two is that official qualifications require a series of procedures and assessments by different public bodies such as the National Agency for the Assessment of Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), which are necessary in order to do a PhD, while University-specific qualifications do not need to be validated by institutions such as ANECA.

What validity does a university-specific qualification have outside of Spain?

• A university-specific course has the same validity inside or outside of Spain, as it is a curricular qualification for unregulated studies approved by university boards under the Organic Law on Universities, which accredits the student's continuing education.

• The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) qualifies a program as a master's degree when the required workload to achieve the learning objectives is >60 ECTS.

• The ECTS credits are used by and accepted by effectively all European universities and also by many other institutions around the world.

What is is not a university-specific mater degree

• It is not a preliminary stage to access a PhD program. Under special circumstances the master could be used for these purposes according to each country’s legislation, but this is not its primary purpose. This master requires completion of a research work, with the main aim of acquiring competences in the interpretation of research literature. In some individual cases, this work may be an original research, and even trigger a publication or the continuation of a research career after the Master is completed. However, this is not the main aim of the International Master in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and therefore it should not be considered a formal training in maternal-fetal medicine research.

• This Master degrees does not enable professional exercise irrespective of the local regulations of each country. For this reason, only specialists in Obstetrics & Gynecology can be accepted. in some specific countries, this type of activity could be used later to accredit or obtain an additional national qualification in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, but this will always depend on local regulations and it is not an automatic feature of this degree whatsoever.

To take into account before pre-registration

  • In order to validate a degree certificate awarded by a university or centre of higher education abroad, it is necessary to carry out specific procedures to verify the existence of the institution that issued the degree and the studies that have been completed, with the legalization of foreign documents.
  • Information on the legalization procedure should be obtained from the university at which the course of study was completed, consular services in the country of issue, or the competent authority in each case. For more information also access the webpage of the University of Barcelona: http://www.ub.edu/acad/en/admission/international/postgraduate.htm
  • Establishing a connection between the academic activity and the social reality (this objective is endorsed by the organization of these degrees through agreements between public institutions and private companies).
Universidad de Barcelona

Instructions on the documentation you need to obtain the complementary degree from the "Institut de Formació Continua IL3 de la Universidad de Barcelona”