Sarah Wernimont, MD, PhD

2016 Resident Scholars Program
Currently at University of Minnesota

What was the most memorable part of your Foundation-funded project or experience as a Foundation awardee?

The best part of being a Resident Scholar was connecting with a fantastic group of passionate maternal-fetal medicine care providers.

How did the award influence your career?

My time as a Resident Scholar continues to impact my career through the outstanding connections it helped facilitate.  I text regularly with my class of scholars to solicit clinical opinions, research suggestions, job search suggestions and to applaud each other's success!  I also continue to connect with scholars in years ahead of me to get their advice for how to continue to grow as an MFM.  Finally, I continue to touch base with mentors at clinical meetings and continue to email for research advice and support.

What lessons (e.g., personal, professional, life, etc.) did you learn that you would like to pass on to future awardees?

The Resident Scholars program taught me how important mentorship is and since my initial involvement in the program, I have continued to connect with my SMFM mentors but have also worked to strengthen my relationships with mentors at my home institution.  This has helped me grow significantly in my clinical practice and research.

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Where did you do your MFM fellowship?

University of Iowa.

What do you like best about being an MFM?

There is no greater privilege than to care for women with complications in pregnancy.  I most enjoy simply being with moms during periods of uncertainty and sorrow and hopefully helping them to find some eventual joy and meaning in their experience.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?

I hope to be working in an academic medical center, caring for women with complicated pregnancies and identifying new ways to improve the health of moms and babies through research.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I have very naughty chickens as pets!