Maternal Child Health Fellowship

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

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
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