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Thank you for your interest in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) fellowship program at UMass Chan Medical School. The UMass MFM fellowship is a 3-year program. There are currently 10 physicians and 1 nurse practitioner faculty in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division. 


We are dedicated to the education of fellows through clinical experience, didactic lectures, research mentorship, and the option for course work specifically incorporated into the curriculum in order to obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation during fellowship.

Each fellow is given 12 months of dedicated research time within the 3 years of fellowship as well as a diverse clinical experience including:

  • 5 months of ultrasound
  • 3 months of outpatient Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • 3 months of inpatient antepartum
  • 2 months of supervisory labor and delivery
  • 2 months of genetics
  • 2 elective months for the fellow to further pursue a specific interest in the field
  • 1 month in the surgical Intensive Care Unit

The faculty will ensure that the fellows meet goals and objectives which are specific to each rotation and include each of the 6 ACGME Core Competencies throughout their training.

The fellowship curriculum has been designed to follow the General and Special Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in the Subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine as well as the Guide to Learning in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 


The UMass Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program was first accredited by the American Board of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ABOG) and by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2017. It is approved for 1 fellow per post-graduate year, for a total of 3 Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows in training at all times.


Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Director: Heidi Leftwich, DO, Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associate Fellowship Program Director and Division Chief:  Ellen Delpapa, MD, Professor of Ob/Gyn 

Additional Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty: 

  • Petra Belady, MD: Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Allison Bitto, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC: Instructor of Ob/Gyn
  • Tina Dumont, MD, PhD:  Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Benjamin Hamar, MD:  Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Katherine Johnson, MD:  Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • David Kanter, MD: Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Deanna Sverdlov, MD: Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Anna Whelan, MD: Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Gianna Wilkie, MD, MSCI: Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn

UMass Memorial Medical Center 
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

119 Belmont Street, Jaquith 2
Worcester, MA 01605 
Phone: 508-334-9189
Fax: 508-793-6849


Applicant Requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed or anticipate successful completion of an ACGME accredited Ob/Gyn residency program or equivalent training that confers eligibility for an unrestricted Massachusetts medical license prior to the start date of the MFM Fellowship.

The application process is through ERAS Fellowships which is an electronic application service of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Three letters of recommendation are required. While it is recommended that one of those letters be from the residency program director, it is not required.  Passing scores on USMLE Steps I, II (CK & CS), and III are required. 

All applications will be reviewed, and all applicants will be notified once their application has been reviewed. Selected applicants will be sent an invitation to interview. An interview is required to be considered for a fellowship position.

All requests for information should be sent to Susan Aller at

Last updated 4/18/2024