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Education

Educational Activities

  • Faculty provide educational grand rounds and teaching at local, regional, national, and international institutions.
  • Faculty train the next generation of academic neonatologists through our neonatology fellowship program. We currently have 3 fellows per year for a three-year program with a total of 9 fellows in training.
  • Faculty train pediatric residents in the acute and maintenance care of critically ill newborns, focusing on nutrition, ventilation management, and quality improvement/patient safety.
  • Faculty provide neurodevelopmental training for undergraduate and graduate students from other University of Maryland campuses.
  • Faculty train and mentor medical students during their 3rd and 4th year rotations and in research projects throughout their training.

Fellowship Program

The University of Maryland Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program provides fellows with a comprehensive educational experience in the care of the critically ill newborn. Emphasis placed on the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and management of problems seen in the continuum of development - from the prenatal through the intrapartum and neonatal periods, including longitudinal follow-up.

  • Our Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program has 3 fellows per year for a total of 9 fellows
  • We have a robust Neonatal Educational Leadership Team to support our fellows, including:

 

Clinical Training: We are a major tertiary referral center and we are dedicated to serving the kids of Baltimore and beyond. Our Children's Hospital is is ranked by US News & World Report as a Top Children's Hospital. Our fellows are exposed to a wide and comprehensive range of clinical experiences including:

  • NICU in-patient management:
    • Our fellows work in our 52-bed Level IV single family NICU.
    • They work with our dedicated, experienced Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) and our Pediatric residents.
    • They have the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills with procedures (including intubation, central lines, chest tubes) as well as in management of issues related to prematurity, PPHN, HIE and therapeutic hypothermia, pre- and post-operative patients. 
    • They learn and perfect their neonatal resuscitation skills and have the opportunity to attend all high-risk deliveries in our new Labor and Delivery Suite, including ELBWs, ELGANs, cardiac and surgical prenatal diagnoses. 
    • They work closely with our teams from Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Genetics, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurosurgery as well as a vast array of Pediatric Subspecialists to provide comprehensive care.
    • They work closley with other medical fellows in Pediatric Surgery, MFM, GI, PICU, and Infectious Diseases.
    • Each fellow chooses a faculty member to serve as their "Clinical Mentor" to support them and regularly discuss goals and objectives of their training. 
  • Prenatal Consultations Services:
    • Our fellows' work with and learn from our NICU and OB/MFM faculty to perform inpatient and outpatient consultations for families with high risk pregnancies, including those with known/suspected medical and surgical comorbidities and peri-viability consultations.
    • CAFC - our Center for Advanced Fetal Care (CAFC) is a world-class clinical and research facility dedicated to the care of the fetal patient and the unborn baby's family. 
  • Neonatal Transport:
    • The Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program is operated jointly by the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins 
    • Fellows learn the skills to manage all aspects of medical control of referrals and transports into our NICU and have the opportunity to go out on transports to enhance their skillset.
  • NICU Follow-up Program:
    • In our NICU Follow-up Program, fellows work with developmental specialists to learn how to perform comprehensive developmental assessments on high-risk patients through in-person and telemedicine visits.
  • Medical Education:
    • Our fellows are involved in medical education on all levels. They have the opportunity to teach UMSOM medical students and pediatric categorical and combined residents during their NICU rotations.
    • Our fellows run morning didactic sessions for the inpatient resident team, educating them on common NICU issues and management, and they participate in residency noon conference sessions. 

 

Scholarly Work: UMSOM and the Division of Neonatology is dedicated to training the next generation of Neonatal Scientists by providing:

  • Mentorship support - our program leadership meets with each fellow early in their first year to discuss interests and help to identify potential mentors and projects
    • Our program leadership includes an Associate Program Director for Research, dedicated to supporting fellows in their scholarly pursuits.
    • Our faculty have expertise in Quality Improvement, Basic Science, and Clinical Research and are experienced and eager to assist fellows in learning a new skillset and achieving their goals. 
  • Protected time for scholarly work - time is alloted during the three years to allow fellows time to identify mentors, develop their scholarly/research plan, and focus on their scholarly/research experience.
  • Funding opportunities for projects, abstract submission, and conference attendance
  • Statistical assistance - faculty members are available to assist in study design and statistical analysis

 

Our fellowship meets all requirements of the Residency Review Committee for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To learn more, please visit our website.