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Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

Online Continuing Medical Education

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital offers online continuing medical education (CME) for professionals interested in learning more about specific fetal conditions and surgical interventions.

Online CME modules currently available include:

Course descriptions and links to register for each are listed below.

All are eligible for CME credit for physicians, and some are eligible for continuing education (CE) credit for nurses.

The Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Hospital is also an approved provider of continuing nurse education though the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accrediting body of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) Part 2- CME and Self-Assessment

Each Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment featured enduring material (“Internet CME”) activity provides Category 1 CME and self-assessment credit(s) toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

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Fetal Surgery Experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, anesthesiology, pediatrics and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, surgical repair and postnatal care of congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity will provide participants a foundation and framework to confidently identify appropriate perinatal management options for select structural anomalies, with a focus on fetal intervention. In addition, the course reviews major historical developments leading to the field of fetal surgery and discusses current research as it impacts the future of fetal surgery.

These lectures incorporate current, evidence-based diagnostic techniques, defect-specific protocols for fetal intervention and surgical management, and cite outcomes from a single center’s long-term experience in fetal therapy. The intent is to enhance clinicians’ skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by these anomalies thereby improving their patients’ access to appropriate levels of care.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the natural history of anomalies considered for fetal therapy
  2. Recap evolution of fetal surgery, including experimental milestones
  3. Cite the rationale for open fetal surgery vs. less invasive approaches as they pertain to select congenital anomalies
  4. Identify the maternal and fetal indications for fetal interventions including open fetal surgery, EXIT procedure and fetoscopic procedures
  5. Discuss the future of fetal therapy as it relates to contemporary laboratory research

For Physicians

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with their participation in the activity.

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Management of Fetal Lung Lesions

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management and surgical repair of congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This online educational activity will provide participants a foundation and framework for confidently identifying challenging prenatal lung anomalies and determining appropriate level of perinatal management. Each session in this course incorporates evidence-based diagnostic techniques, current options and criteria for fetal intervention, considerations for appropriate delivery planning, and guidelines for neonatal and pediatric surgical management. The intent is to enhance clinicians’ skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by these anomalies and caring for neonates with these defects.

This CME activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of maternal-fetal medicine physicians, obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, genetic counselors, social workers and case managers.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the differential diagnosis for fetal lung lesions.
  2. Identify fetal chest mass pathophysiology that results in life-threatening complications in-utero and at birth.
  3. Review current strategies for perinatal management of pregnancies complicated by a fetal lung lesion.
  4. Recognize how to better decide the need for open fetal surgery vs. less invasive approaches including fetoscopy as they pertain to fetal lung lesions.
  5. Identify maternal and fetal indications for fetal surgery.
  6. Describe specific postnatal surgical management options for fetal chest masses including timing and criteria for resection.

For Physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Register and take course »

Fetal Myelomeningocele Repair: Tribulations and Trials

This enduring material (“Internet”) activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, anesthesiology, pediatrics and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in fetal therapy is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material (“Internet”) activity will provide participants practical, evidence-based techniques for the management of Myelomeningocele (MMC) and enhance clinicians’ skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by MMC. In addition, the course reviews major historical developments in the field of fetal surgery, results from the NIH sponsored “Management of Myelomeningocele” Study (MOMS), and discusses current research as it impacts the future of fetal repair for spina bifida.

These lectures incorporate current, evidence-based diagnostic techniques, defect-specific protocols for fetal repair and surgical management, and cite outcomes from a single center’s long-term experience in fetal therapy. Healthcare professionals who care for these patients need to be aware of the specific criteria to manage these patients and associated outcomes, in order to provide the most up-to-date prognosis and timely access to state-of-the art therapy. The intent is to provide clinicians the knowledge to confidently manage these pregnancies, thereby directly impacting the ultimate outcome for both mother and fetus.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the natural history of myelomeningocele diagnosed before birth.
  2. Discuss the rationale and current indications for fetal myelomeningocele (MMC) repair
  3. Cite results from the "Management of Myelomeningocele Study" (MOMS), and recent outcomes at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  4. List the maternal and neonatal risks and benefits associated with fetal repair of MMC
  5. Discuss current laboratory research and implications for the future of prenatal repair of MMC

For physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no fee for this activity.

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The Ex Utero Intrapartum Therapy (EXIT) Procedure: Experience and Outcomes

This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, anesthesiology, pediatrics and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, surgical repair and postnatal care of congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity will provide participants a foundation and framework to confidently identify appropriate perinatal management options for select structural anomalies, with a focus on fetal intervention and immediate neonatal surgical management strategies.

This lecture incorporates current, evidence-based diagnostic techniques, defect-specific protocols for fetal intervention and surgical management of the high risk neonate, with a focus on the Ex-Utero Intrapartum Therapy (EXIT) Procedure. Pertinent case examples are reviewed in conjunction with a discussion of current outcomes from a single center’s long-term experience with the EXIT Procedure. The intent is to enhance clinicians’ skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by these rare anomalies thereby improving their patients’ access to appropriate levels of care thereby improving outcomes.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key differences between the EXIT Procedure and a Caesarean Section.
  2. Cite key indications for the EXIT Procedure
  3. List the essential components for a successful EXIT procedure, including team members.
  4. Discuss risks, benefits and outcomes of the EXIT procedure.
  5. Incorporate enhanced knowledge into prenatal counseling.

For physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no fee for this activity.

Register and take course »

Management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, anesthesiology, pediatrics and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, surgical repair strategies and long term outcomes for congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material (”Internet CME”) activity will provide participants a foundation and framework for confidently managing congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and determining appropriate level of perinatal care.

This course incorporates evidence-based diagnostic techniques, defect specific neonatal and surgical care guidelines and published outcomes directly related to the management of CDH. The intent is to improve learners’ knowledge and performance through adoption of consistent prenatal assessment standards and neonatal protocols; enhance learners’ competence in prenatal counseling by incorporating recently published outcomes for children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; and improve patient outcomes by providing learners’ with pertinent criteria to determine the appropriate location for delivery and postnatal care.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the differential diagnosis and spectrum of disease associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  2. List CDH specific prenatal prognostic indicators
  3. Discuss pregnancy surveillance, recommendations for delivery planning and optimal care guidelines for neonates with CDH.
  4. Describe surgical repair strategies, including indications for ECMO.
  5. Discuss important outcomes and prognosis for survivors of CDH.
  6. Recall key elements of a standardized, multi-disciplinary follow-up program for survivors of CDH.

For physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no fee for this activity.

Register and take course »

Current Management of Prenatally Diagnosed Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)

This enduring material ("Internet CME") activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, urology, pediatrics, anesthesiology and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, and surgical repair and postnatal care of congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material ("Internet CME") activity will provide participants a foundation and framework to confidently diagnose and evaluate fetal lower urinary tract obstructions (LUTO), and determine the appropriate timing for management from the prenatal through postnatal period.

Each lecture in this course incorporates evidence-based diagnostic techniques, current options and criteria for fetal intervention, guidelines for neonatal and pediatric surgical management and a discussion of outcomes associated with this defect. In addition, these lectures include a discussion of current research and contemporary case studies. The intent is to enhance clinicians’ skill in evaluating counseling, managing pregnancies and caring for neonates with prenatally diagnosed LUTO.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline salient points for Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO) and implications for prenatal counseling practice
  2. Recognize spectrum of severity for LUTO and available in utero treatment Options
  3. Discuss postnatal management options and outcomes associated with this life-threatening congenital anomalies
  4. Discuss pediatric complications associated with prenatally diagnosed LUTO

For physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no fee for this activity.

Register and take course »

Fetoscopic LASER Therapy for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

This enduring material ("Internet CME") activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fields of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, radiology, genetics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, anesthesiology, pediatrics and family practice.

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, fetal intervention and outcomes associated with Twin-Twin Transfusion (TTTS) is a major challenge. This enduring material ("Internet CME") activity will provide participants a foundation and framework to confidently identify appropriate perinatal management options for pregnancies complicated by a diagnosis of TTTS, with a focus on fetal intervention.

This lecture incorporates current, evidence-based diagnostic techniques, a standardized TTTS staging system, management options including fetal intervention and outcomes from a single center’s long-term experience. The intent is to enhance clinicians’skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by this syndrome, thereby improving their patients’€™ access to appropriate levels of care.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiologic processes and natural history of TTTS
  2. Identify pregnancies complicated by TTTS and determine their clinical stage based on the Quintero staging system.
  3. Recall available management options including fetal intervention and associated outcomes.

For physicians

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. There is no fee for this activity.

Register and take course »

Live CME events

If you’d prefer to learn in person, see our live CME page for a list of upcoming events from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. For additional CME conferences from other experts at Children’s Hospital, see CHOP CME.

More information

For more information about any of our CME programs, contact us at 1-800-IN-UTERO (1-800-468-8376) or use our online contact form.

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