Pediatrics: Neonatology

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Progression in Responsibilities

First Year:

  1. Develop clinical competence (approximately 4 months in the NICU). 
  2. Attend the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic.
  3. Present one basic physiology conference, two journal clubs, and at least three patient oriented conferences.
  4. Attend the Joint Fellowship Curriculum of the Department of Pediatrics
  5. Initiate research:  Identify project and mentor.  Present one research conference in which a project and its goals are outlined.
  6. Discuss with program director/faculty enrollment in the Master's Program for Clinical Epidemiology or Bioethics.

Second Year:

  1. Continue to develop clinical competence (approximately 4 months in NICU) but focus more on teaching skills.
  2. Continue to attend the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic
  3. Present one basic physiology conference, two journal clubs, and at least two patient oriented conferences.
  4. Actively pursue identified research project.  Present one research conference in which preliminary results of project are outlined.  Write a first author abstract that will be submitted by the fall of the third year.
  5. Take statistics course and participate in the Joint Fellowship Curriculum.
  6. Take Research Methods Workshop.

Third Year:

  1. Continue to develop clinical competence and polish teaching skills by serving approximately 4 months (including 1 month as a Junior Attending in the NICU at Children's Hospital).
  2. Take a supervisory role in the NICU during clinical rotations.
  3. Continue to attend the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic.
  4. Present one basic physiology conference, two journal clubs, and at least two patient-oriented conferences.
  5. Present the results of their research project to the Neonatology Division.
  6. Complete research project, present abstract, write manuscript for submission by end of third year.

Other Educational Programs - Sometime during the three years, the fellow must take a Basic Statistics Course.  In addition, during the second or third year of fellowship, each fellow must take a Clinical Research Methods Workshop.

Fellows also need to develop skills with computers.  The library offers some basic courses that the fellow is encouraged to take.

In order to develop and nurture teaching skills, fellows participate in conjunction with neonatal faculty in weekly perinatal case discussions, weekly discharge planning rounds in the NICU, monthly joint service management meetings for the NICU, and involvement in pediatric grand rounds, resident teaching, nursing in-service, and outreach education to community physicians and nurses.

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