The Obstetrics Fellowship for family medicine physicians is the oldest such training program in the US, created in 1986 to address the overwhelming need for obstetrics care in rural and remote areas of Alabama. During the year-long fellowship, training is provided in instrumental and operative obstetrics, Cesarean sections, dilatation and curettage, ultrasound, sterilization techniques, colposcopy, LEEP procedures, cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsies. Fellows are supervised by full-time, board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists in both hospital and clinic settings, and weekly lectures are provided. An ultrasound course with provision for basic ultrasound certification, general surgery and urology rotations are offered, and ABOG reading assignments for OB/GYN recertification are required. Completion of the ALSO course is recommended during the fellowship year. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are prepared to meet the requirements for board certification in family practice obstetrics.
Candidates must be eligible for an unrestricted Alabama Medical License and DEA Certification.