Fetology Chicago: Practice and Discovery is an annual educational event sponsored by The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education. In 2020, Fetology Chicago was initially planned as a two-day in-person conference as it was in 2019. However, after closely monitoring the developments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to host Fetology Chicago: Practice and Discovery as one-day live virtual event.
The focus of the interactive educational experience on Sept. 10, 2020 was on the multi-disciplinary approach to evaluation, care and intervention for a spectrum of congenital diseases including spina bifida, TTTS, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, urinary tract dilation and congenital heart disease. The General Sessions program was divided into five main topic areas: Fetal Cardiology, Fetal Urology/Nephrology, Fetal Thoracic Disease, Fetal Neurosurgery, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). The curriculum also featured a Fetal Health Nursing session that focused on current challenges and advancements in the nursing care of fetal health patients.
The educational event welcomed regional, national and international experts who provided insights into fetal intervention for prenatally diagnosed conditions.
There were 201 registrants from 25 states and five countries and included physicians, surgeons, fellows, residents, advanced practice providers, nurses, sonographers, genetic counselors, social workers, researchers and other clinical and administrative staff. The virtual platform afforded participants the opportunity to ask questions that speakers answered during dedicated Q&A time and also interact with fellow participants and speakers in a networking lounge area.
Fetology Chicago will once again be produced as one-day live virtual program in September 2021. Visit our website to view past program agendas or join the mailing list to receive information on the Fetology Chicago 2021 program as soon as it becomes available.