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Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Curriculum and Training

About Our Program

Clinical Experience Heading link

A typical day on-service includes:

  • Transition of Care from on-call fellow: 8am
  • Rounding: 9:00-12:00 pm
  • Morning huddle: 9:00 am
  • Conference: 12-1 pm
  • Afternoons involve updating parents, attending deliveries, performing procedures, and managing new admissions.
  • Transition of Care to the on-call fellow or attending: 4 pm

Clinical teams

The babies in our unit are typically divided into 4 teams. These teams each have a unique structure and make-up. Fellows will rotate through all teams with increasing independence throughout their fellowship experience.

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Current research and quality improvement projects include the following

  • Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) Mothers and Newborns affected by Opioids (MNO) Neonatal Initiative
  • Osteopenia of Prematurity QI
  • Intubation rates in the delivery room by Interface QI
  • Comparative Screening Criteria for ROP QI
  • Post-operative Hypothermia QI Collaborative
  • Hypothermia in the Delivery Room QI Collaborative
  • Small Baby Transport Team Review
  • Provider Handoff in the NICU
  • Precision Medicine in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) Follow-Up Project
  • Improving Growth and Nutrition in the NCCU
  • SBU Workgroup QI
  • The Impact of Growth Velocity Outcomes in the NCCU
  • Utilizing Virtual Reality as a Model for Neonatal Resuscitative Procedures
  • Piccolo Procedure for PDA closure QI
  • Illinois Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS) State Consortium QI
  • Nutrition in the SBU QI
  • ILPQC Health Disparities in the NICU
  • Least Invasive Surfactant QI
  • Review of readmission rates for infants administered a single dose of Synagis ™

Fellowship Curriculum Heading link

Our fellowship curriculum is designed to prepare you for life as an academic neonatologist or a neonatologist in private practice. You will have ample time taking care of extremely premature infants, complex congenital diseases, attending deliveries, and mastering the necessary procedures. You will gain expertise in rounding and teaching residents as well as working alongside neonatal nurse practitioners. Additionally, with over 40 subspecialties represented at our institution, you will have the opportunity to participate in electives which further your interests and your career goals.

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Our didactic curriculum is designed to give you a thorough knowledge of development and physiology that you will need to take care of patients as well as eventually pass your boards. Neonatal fellows participate in a dedicated didactic “educational” session each Thursday afternoon between 1-4 pm. During this time, fellows participate in educational activities including ECMO conference, a comprehensive neonatal board review curriculum, and simulation. In addition, fellows participate in a Fellows’ Collaborative along with the Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine and PICU fellows. Topics include wellness/well-being, mentorship, teaching, personal finance, career development, communication training, biostatistics, etc.

Conferences include:

  • Pediatric Grand rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Roundtable
  • Morning Report
  • Board Review/Board Prep
  • Joint Fellows Conference
  • MFM Conference
  • VON Conference
  • Neo/NNP Staff Meetings
  • Daily Huddle
  • ECMO Conference
  • Point of care ultrasound training