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The Santa Paula Maternal-Child Health Fellowship’s goal is to augment the training of family physicians with an interest in working in physician shortage areas or internationally, where care of women and children is often one of the primary medical needs.  We focus on empowering women to have the kind of birth they imagine for themselves and downplay the medicalization of the birthing process.

The fellowship is based at Santa Paula Hospital, a 40-bed satellite hospital of VCMC, 15 miles east of Ventura.


The core curriculum consists of providing obstetric and pediatric care for the area's patient population, which consists largely of Latino and migrant workers.


Skills and experience in which the fellow can expect to obtain proficiency include the following:


  • Prenatal care for low-and high-risk pregnancies

  • Vaginal deliveries, including operative

  • Primary and repeat Cesarean sections

  • Ob ultrasound

  • Postpartum tubal ligation

  • Repair of 2nd through 4th degree vaginal lacerations

  • External cephalic versions

  • ALSO instructor certification


  • Common outpatient gyn conditions

  • Gynecologic admissions at Santa Paula Hospital

  • Contraception (including IUDs and implants)

  • Colposcopy and LEEP


  • Outpatient and inpatient pediatric care

  • Neonatal resuscitations

  • Care of infants admitted to the NICU at VCMC

  • NRP instructor certification


  • Surgical and medical abortions (through Planned Parenthood)

  • Vasectomies (through Planned Parenthood)

  • Care of HIV/AIDS patients (with AAHIVM provider certification)

  • Inpatient or emergency medicine moonlighting opportunities at VCMC

  • Abundant teaching opportunities, including journal clubs, weekly peds and Ob teaching conferences, resident teaching conferences, and VCMC grand rounds

Eligibility Requirements

  • Successful completion of an ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency training program with board certification or anticipated board certification prior to the start of fellowship.

  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Certification

  • Have an unrestricted California Medical License and DEA.

  • Must be eligible to be a Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and Medicare provider.


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