COURSE INFORMATION

The Master in Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers advanced education in maternal-fetal care. The Master combines theoretical-practical online and onsite training.

Online training is conducted through an interactive platform with basic and advanced thematic modules.

Onsite training comprises 4 weeks (split in two 2-week stays) in Barcelona, with a series of face-to-face half-day modules based on real cases, one day (for each stay) in an advanced simulation lab and short rotational visits to clinical and research units.

Finally, participants will write a research paper.

EDUCATIONAL GOALS

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.


Specific goals of the Master:


  1. To provide participants with up-to-date knowledge and skills in all aspects of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, from screening ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis methods to advanced fetal ultrasound, and covering all maternal, obstetrical and fetal medicine conditions.
  2. To create a space to share experiences and knowledge with experts.
  3. To Promote debate and critical thinking about new advances in maternal-fetal medicine.
  4. To receive face-to-face training with real cases focusing in very specific aspects of Maternal and Fetal Medicine.
  5. To get in touch and learn from the clinical and research organisation of large academic hospitals center in maternal-fetal medicine.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

 Addressed to:


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.  

 

 Language:


English.

 

 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:


Daniella Cárdenas

 

 Organizes:


Fetal Medicine Barcelona, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona

 

MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE MASTER

THEORETICAL EDUCATION


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. 

Meet-the-professor sessions

  1. Ultrasound screening
  2. Fetal cardiology including echocardiography, therapy and fetal cardiac function.
  3. Prenatal diagnosis of chromosomic and genetic diseases
  4. Brain imaging and fetal neurology
  5. Placental insufficiency: IUGR and preeclampsia
  6. Invasive procedures and fetal therapy.
  7. Twin pregnancy
  8. Prematurity and PPROM
  9. Fetal Infections
  10. Issues around labor: labor induction, postpartum hemorrhage, fetal monitoring
  11. Basics on biostatistics and research methods in fetal medicine.
  12. 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).

PRACTICAL TRAINING


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. 

 


 Dates:


15 days in May , From 18th to 29th of May, 2020
15 days in November, From 2 to 13 of November, 2020

 Diploma:


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.


Fee:


12.000€


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RESEARCH WORK

This is expected to be a piece of research, either a study using their own data or a systematic review on a given topic of interest.

The specific topic for each participant will be agreed upon with one expert, who will act as supervisor and evaluator on completion of the work. Participants can obviously ask and receive advice for completing the research work, but they are expected to produce it mostly on their own.

PRE-ENROLMENT

There is a limited number of places. You must first pre-enrol in order to apply for a place.

Application period:

15 January 2019 to 30 March 2019.  The people selected will receive an e-mail containing instructions within 10 days of 30 March 2019. People who were not accepted will receive an e-mail within the same timeframe telling them that their application was not accepted.

Documentation to apply for a place*

You must fill in the form -during the application period-and attach reference letter, motivational letter and a simple photocopy of your Gynaecology and obstetrics specialist certificate  

*Application will not be accepted without the request documentation. 

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.

The management committee reserves the right to choose the applicants it deems most appropriate from among all the candidates. 

 

THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU PRE-ENROL


1.Payments


Accepted students must make an initial payment of €4000 by 30 April 2019, a second payment of €4000 by 1 June 2019 and a third payment of€4000 by 1 July 2019. From 2 July no amounts paid will be reimbursed.


2. Documents that will be requested when you enrol


In order to be awarded a master’s degree from the university, it is essential to provide the documents requested by Universidad de Barcelona:

-     Vice-chancellor’s request form correctly filled in and signed by the person concerned (you can get the form by clicking on the link below).

-     Bachelor/Graduate in Medicine and Surgery  certificate.  Authentication of foreign documents is governed by the international conventions that apply between the country issuing the academic document and the country where its authenticity is to be proven. The procedures therefore vary depending on the country where the course was taken and the qualification was obtained (and/or the country where you are going to study). Information about the authentication process should be provided by the university where you took the course, the public authority responsible for the matter or the consulate of the country the documents come from. The authentication or apostille must be on the original document.

We have attached a Universidad de Barcelona link explaining the documents you need and how to obtain them depending on different countries’ conventions:

http://www.ub.edu/acad/en/admission/international/postgraduate.htm

Please carefully read the “Admission requirements” section   by clicking on the link, as well as the authenticated and officially translate links.

This is necessary in order to apply for a place on the master’s degree course.

 


3. Requeriments


-- Candidates must be specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with at least a 2-years dedication background on fetal-maternal medicine.

- Students must be able to demonstrate competence in English.