Fetal Surgery Experience at The Children's Hospital Philadelphia

This enduring material continuing education activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, and other 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 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

AMA Credit Designation Statement

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.

Advanced Practice Nurse and Registered Nurse Participation

Advanced practice providers (APP), nurses and respiratory therapists who complete this enduring material educational activity will need to follow the instructions in the “Method of Participation” section and will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion, which may be used for re-licensure and re-certification. For further information, please contact Kathleen Monforto, PhD, MSN, RN, CPN, Education Nurse Specialist, at monforto@email.chop.edu.