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Education for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

There are regular didactic lectures and conferences in addition to the clinical training.

1. Neonatology Boot Camp: a series of lectures provided in the initial weeks of NPM Fellowship which cover the basics in neonatal resuscitation, respiratory disease and ventilation, cardio respiratory support, nutrition, hematology, infectious disease, neonatal transport.

2. NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course from October through February.

3. Perinatal Genetics and Molecular Biology course has been developed in response to perceived needs for improved knowledge base, in particular the molecular biology aspects of genetics. This course runs in a two-year cycle. Fellows attend a 2 week training course in Cytogenetics in Quest Laboratories, Virginia.

4. Annual ECMO Training Course: conducted over 2 days, includes lectures on membrane physiology, gas exchange, indications, contraindications, patient management, trouble shooting, and practical hands on training in neonatal ECMO.

5. Neonatal Grand Rounds feature invited local, national or international experts, and are held on every other Friday.

6. Pediatric Grand Rounds feature local, national or international experts and are held on every Friday.

7. FRC or Friday Reading Club- a self study board review seminar for fellows, with a faculty advisor moderating the discussion.

8. Monthly conferences include:

  • Pathology conference
  • Physiology Club
  • Neonatal intake rounds
  • Neonatal/pediatric ethics rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Perinatal conference
  • Research methodology
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference
  • Clinical management/research discussion.

Fellows also regularly participate in Discharge Planning Rounds, weekly multidisciplinary meetings which include nursing, case management, social work, therapy (occupational, physical and speech) and neonatal clinic staff. The meetings allow Fellows to consider the different aspects of getting complex NICU patients transition home safely.

Fellows gain administrative experience by participating regularly in monthly meetings of the Multidisciplinary NICU Administrative Committee, as well as various hospital or NICU committees, including Transport, Quality Assurance, Pharmacy and Therapeutics.