Scheduled Educational Seminars
Clinical and research rotations for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program are supplemented by a rich series of educational experiences. Every Wednesday afternoon, fellows are relieved of their clinical and research responsibilities to attend educational seminars. These seminars rotate on a 4-week schedule.
||Fellows Physiology Conference
||Neonatolgy Board Review or Review of Current Neonatology Literature
||Neonatal Radiology Rounds
||Cardiology Case Discussion
||Neosurgery Case Discussion
||Life After Fellowship
The components of this schedule include:
- Fellows Physiology Conference — This is a two-year curriculum of fetal and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology taught by neonatology and other subspecialty attendings from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Topics include developmental anatomy, genetics, immunology and cardiorespiratory physiology. Each fellow is required to present one physiology conference in his/her third year of training.
- Cardiology Case Discussion — Cardiac intensivist attendings participate in a monthly discussion of relevant cases in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) or the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Pathophysiology, cardiac anatomy, cardiac catheterization and echocardiogram results are reviewed.
- Neosurgery Case Discussion — Surgery and neonatology attendings participate in a monthly discussion of relevant cases in CHOP's N/IICU. Embryology, presentation, and surgical and medical management are reviewed.
- Neonatal Radiology Rounds — Pediatric radiologists at CHOP participate in a monthly discussion of radiology techniques and how they can be used to aid in the diagnosis and management of neonates and infants. Interesting cases are also reviewed.
- Simulation — Fellows participate in multidisciplinary simulation education consisting of procedural training, neonatal and infant resuscitation in both the delivery room and N/IICU, and non-technical skills training (communication, teamwork, leadership, crisis resource management). Additionally, fellows participate in standardized patient experiences several times a year to enhance communication skills in areas such as perinatal counseling, giving bad news and medical error disclosure.
- Neonatology Board Review — Every other month fellows participate in neonatology board review sessions that focus on high-yield reviews of topics covered by the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty examination in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. An audience response system is often employed to engage the fellows in test-taking techniques.
- Review of current neonatology literature — Every other month fellows divide up the current neonatology literature and present a short summary of newly published reports and findings. In this way, the fellows collaborate with one another to keep the entire group up-to-date on the latest research in neonatology.
- Journal Club — The Journal Club is a monthly seminar that supports the acquisition of tools necessary to complete a research project, and promotes an evidence-based approach to clinical care. Led by faculty with advanced training in clinical research methodology, this seminar provides didactic and practical experience in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and clinical study design. To reinforce concepts, the group reviews a neonatology-focused paper in clinical research each session.
- Life After Fellowship — Life After Fellowship is a seminar series that covers topics relating to non-clinical topics in the practice of medicine. The topics covered in this series have included:
- Life as a N/IICU director
- Medicolegal topics for neonatology attendings
- N/IICU care, billing and collections: How are they connected?
- So you want to be a neonatology program director?
- Work-life balance with two academic careers
- Teaching in a clinical setting
Career development curriculum
Because teaching and communication are integral parts of a career in academic neonatology, we require fellows to participate in seminars designed to foster these skills that are offered by the Offices of Faculty and Professional Development at CHOP and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Each fellow is encouraged to take at least one seminar focused on writing a grant, clinical manuscript or basic science manuscript.
Other seminars are chosen based on each fellow's strengths and weaknesses, and have included:
- Providing feedback in a clinical setting
- Conducting an effective Q & A session
- Developing effective presentations
- Abstract preparation
- Effective poster and platform presentations
- Introduction to advanced PowerPoint
Divisional and departmental conferences
Clinical conferences at CHOP and HUP
Weekly clinical conferences are held every Tuesday and alternate between The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and CHOP. Each site holds a Morbidity and Mortality Conference monthly.
Topics at HUP are chosen in conjunction with maternal-fetal medicine. Topics at CHOP relate to the management of patients in a quaternary care N/IICU and often include surgical care, ECMO therapy and transport issues. Fellows are responsible for presenting these conferences.
Neonatology Research Seminar Series
Neonatology Research Seminar is a weekly seminar serving as an official forum for fellows, neonatal faculty and visiting lecturers to present their research. Each fellow will present the final results of his/her research project to the Division of Neonatology during his/her third year of training.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Departmental Ground Rounds occur every Wednesday morning.
Four to five times a year, a two-hour conference is held in which a group of fellows and faculty members present a controversial topic in patient management. Participation of nursing, house physicians, nurse practitioners and ancillary staff is encouraged. The group then works on a consensus statement that is adopted as a practice guideline for the division. All fellows are required to participate in at least one clinical consensus during his/her fellowship.
Date: June 2014