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Course syllabus for fetal medicine (2018) ATSM

The Fetal Medicine (2018) ATSM course syllabus below lists the minimum requirements for a course to be suitable for the theoretical component of this module. The course should last 2 days.

Any times given or descriptions of activities within a course are given for guidance and as an example only. To establish whether a course is suitable, please compare this syllabus and the syllabus of a course on offer and take advice from your ATSM Preceptor. Please also read our general guidance on ATSM courses.

The College can’t offer advice or information relating to the suitability of courses except for courses run by the RCOG or jointly run by the RCOG and specialist societies.

Course syllabus – lecture topics and timings


  • Genetics (60 minutes)
  • Recognising multiple anomaly conditions and syndromes (35 minutes)
  • Cytological and molecular techniques for prenatal diagnosis (35 minutes)


  • Ethical conflicts in prenatal screening and diagnosis (35 minutes)

First trimester

  • The first trimester scan – screening and anatomy (30 minutes)
  • Prenatal diagnostic techniques and invasive fetal therapy (20 minutes)

Fetal malformations

  • CNS anomalies – imaging and surveillance: can we predict fetal morbidity? (45 minutes)
  • Facial anomalies – management (including 3D ultrasound) (30 minutes)
  • Teratogens and fetal malformations (30 minutes)
  • The value of the post mortem examination (30 minutes)
  • Management of thoracic anomalies – can we predict pulmonary hypoplasia? (40 minutes)
  • Cardiac anomalies (40 minutes)
  • Gastrointestinal and ventral wall malformations – management, prognosis, surveillance (30 minutes)
  • Surgery outcome for thoracic and abdominal anomalies (30 minutes)
  • Urogenital anomalies – prenatal management (40 minutes)
  • Urogenital anomalies – postnatal management (30 minutes)
  • Skeletal anomalies (30 minutes)
  • 4D heart and other structures (30 minutes)
  • Markers of chromosomal disorders (30 minutes)


  • Breaking bad news, bereavement support and aftercare (30 minutes)

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