Training & Certification
FMF Training fellowships
Every year the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) awards several 2-year training fellowships in fetal medicine. The practical training is undertaken at the Fetal Medicine units at King's College Hospital in London, University College Hospital in London, Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent and the obstetric ultrasound departments of a series of other hospitals in and around London that work closely with the FMF.
During the period of training the doctors are closely supervised by Professor Nicolaides and a team of Consultants in Fetal Medicine. They will observe and actively assist in the management of a wide range of condition. These will range from screening for fetal abnormalities to involvement in complex conditions diagnosed antenatally, such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. The involvement of the doctors will vary depending on their level of experience, but the aim is that the trainees become competent in all aspects of patient care and counselling.
It is expected that by the end of the Training Fellowship the doctor will have obtained the FMF Certificates of competence in:
- The 11-13 weeks scan
- The 18-23 weeks scan
- Cervical assessment
- Fetal echocardiography
- Doppler ultrasound
- Invasive intrauterine procedures
The trainees will have the opportunity to develop their research interests in fetal-maternal medicine or take part in ongoing research studies, leading to either a postgraduate qualification (PhD or MD) from the University of London or equivalent university, or a series of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. In addition to undertaking their own research projects the trainees will work closely with many other doctors and will be expected to work efficiently within this team, assist in other research projects and develop organizational skills.
The doctors who have successfully obtained all the above Certificates of Competence and carried out research will be eligible for the Fetal Medicine Foundation Diploma in fetal medicine.
FMF does not provide any other kind of practical training apart from the two year fellowship. People interested in a shorter period of time can only come as observers but this is strictly hands off training.
Applications for FMF fellowships
Applicants should complete the form below and send it via email, together with a letter addressed to Professor Nicolaides, explaining the reasons for applying.
The email should be sent to Mr Kristis Koupatos at email@example.com and the subject title should be: "Application for FMF fellowship". For any further enquiries you can also contact him on +44 (0) 20 7034 3070
Download the FMF Fellowship form here
PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisite before you apply is:
- Have a Medical degree
- Create an FMF account and Complete All Theoretical Online Courses
- If you don´t have a FMF account, please register here
- If you already have an FMF account and want to go to your own page to continue the courses, please login here:
Fetal Medicine Foundation trainees
A total of 400 doctors from the following 50 countries have received training in fetal medicine:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
- To view the list of doctors who have completed or are still engaged in Training Fellowships in fetal medicine please click here.