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
Duration and dates:
18 months. September 2019 to March 2021
Direction and scientific committee:
E. Gratacós and F. Figueras (Directors)
M.D. Gómez Roig, J.M Martínez, M.Palacio, F. Crispi, E Eixarch, M. López, A. Borrell
Coordinator and webmaster:
Fetal Medicine Barcelona, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona
MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE MASTER
1.1. Online contents and platform
All contents are offered through a custom-made web-based platform, accessible through personalized password for each participant.
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 during 6-8 weeks and includes:
- 10 to 15 theoretical online presentations with intensive use of clinical cases and images/videos as appropriate;
- one online real-time masterclass with one or two senior professors;
- a discussion forum open during the duration of the module.
At the end of each module, the participant must pass a theoretical online test.
|MODULE 1: ANATOMICAL AND GENETIC FETAL DIAGNOSIS
|MODULE 2: DOPPLER AND PLACENTAL DISEASE (IUGR AND PREECLAMPSIA)
|MODULE 3: FETAL NEUROSONOGRAPHY
|MODULE 4: MATERNAL DISEASES
|MODULE 5: FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
|MODULE 6: FETAL DISEASES AND THERAPY
1.2. Onsite theoretical teaching
Two stays of 2 weeks in Barcelona, comprising 12 meet-the-professor sessions (4 hours each), 4 simulation sessions and 2 hands-on sessions on 3D US and invasive procedures. In the afternoons (15-17h) there are clinical-case sessions with discussion of cases provided by the students guided by an expert.
- Ultrasound screening
- Fetal cardiology including echocardiography, therapy and fetal cardiac function.
- Prenatal diagnosis of chromosomic and genetic diseases
- Brain imaging and fetal neurology
- Placental insufficiency: IUGR and preeclampsia
- Invasive procedures and fetal therapy.
- Twin pregnancy
- Prematurity and PPROM
- Fetal Infections
- Issues around labor: labor induction, postpartum hemorrhage, fetal monitoring
- Basics on biostatistics and research methods in fetal medicine.
- Organization of clinical and academic units and departments.
During the stays short rotations to clinical activities and research units may be organized, and attendance to clinical session (in English).
2.1. Self training
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 magnification, and include virtually all common ultrasound exams conducted in the practice of advanced fetal medicine.
|MODULE 1: First and second trimester anatomical standard sections and US markers.
|MODULE 2: Doppler images of the most common vessels and fetal weight estimates.
|MODULE 3: Fetal brain structures in all relevant sections.
|MODULE 4: Cervical length images in different clinical scenarios.
|MODULE 5: Cardiac structures and Dopplers in in all relevant sections.
|MODULE 6: Relevant images of a minimal number of well-documented anomalies.
All images must be evaluated for quality criteria and approved by one expert, otherwise further images would be required until the minimal threshold for passing this part is achieved.
2.2. Onsite simulation sessions
During the stays in Barcelona, participants will take four simulation sessions (two during each stay) in a state of the art facility, to train in critical obstetrical situations, including management of post-partum hemorrhage, severe preeclampsia and eclampsia, shoulder dystocia and invasive techniques for prenatal diagnosis.
15 days in May , From 18th to 29th of May, 2020
15 days in November, From 2 to 13 of November, 2020
After satisfactory completion of all tests and materials required, participants will be provided with an 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 60 ECTS credits.
A diploma will also be issued by the Barcelona Fetal Medicine Foundation in collaboration with the Hospital Clínic and Sant Joan de Déu hospitals, accrediting that you passed a "Master's Degree in Maternofetal Medicine", as well as a certificate of marks.
In order to obtain the qualification, you must pass every one of the modules, both the theory part and the practical involving presenting images and the dissertation.
*What is a university-specific qualification? University of Barcelona-specific courses are aimed at enabling practising professionals to specialise and deepen their knowledge.
What is the difference between university-specific qualifications and qualifications from universities? 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 official qualifications that are valid throughout the country and university-specific diplomas and qualifications". This enables the University to add to the official training it offers through so-called university-specific qualifications. 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. University-specific qualifications are specialised courses with various names (master's degree, postgraduate, expert, etc.) that do not have to be validated by institutions such as ANECA. 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).
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.