Neonatology

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.

Week Topics    
1 Fellowship Meeting Fellows Physiology Conference Neonatolgy Board Review or Review of Current Neonatology Literature
2 Neonatal Radiology Rounds Journal Club  
3 Cardiology Case Discussion Neosurgery Case Discussion Life After Fellowship
4 Simulation    

The components of this schedule include:

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:

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.

Clinical Consensus

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

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