Neonatology Resources for Professionals

Referring a patient outside your care is an act of trust. You must be confident the team you refer to has the knowledge, training and experience to make a significant difference in the outcome for your patient. We take that responsibility very seriously and are committed to working with you and your patients to give you all the information and support you need.

We’ve developed the following resources with the goal of improving your experience and promoting collaboration as we work together to care for our patients.

We offer a number of professional training opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals who want to learn more about neonatology, newborn and infant intensive care, and clinical research that is improving the course of treatment for thousands of babies. Whether you are looking for an intensive fellowship or a conference or CME to expand your understanding of neonatal conditions you may encounter in your practice, we have opportunities available to you.

If you have any questions related to newborn and infant care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or our Care Network, please call 215-590-3083. We look forward to hearing from you.

Referral information

For consultations, to arrange a transport or to follow up on a referral, call 215-590-3083, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and ask for the attending neonatologist or fellow.

Find more detailed information about referring a patient to the Division of Neonatology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Neonatal Outreach Program

The Neonatal Outreach Program provides a direct link to the Division of Neonatology for our referring partners and ensures effective communication for subspecialty referrals, ongoing inpatient evaluation and care, transport referrals, back transfers and discharge information.

The program also encourages referring physicians' participation in continuing education offerings. We offer grand rounds and visiting professor lectures at referring institutions, as well as conferences at our Main Campus. We continually monitor the impact of our efforts to ensure community satisfaction and development of new programs to assist the region in subspecialty care.

If you are looking to refer a patient or have questions about your patient’s care, we encourage you to reach out to us.

For patient follow-up information, educational offerings and inquiries, please call 215-590-2616 or email the Neonatal Outreach Program to contact one of our program coordinators:

Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program

Our three-year fellowship program is for physicians who have completed two to three years of training in an ACGME-approved Pediatrics Residency Program and who are eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.

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Neonatal Physician Assistant Residency Program

This program is designed for physician assistants who are new to the neonatal setting. Enrollment is limited to two PAs for a one-year residency. The program includes on-site experience in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the neonatal intensive care units at Pennsylvania Hospital and Virtua Voorhees.

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Neonatal Nutrition Practicum

This program is designed for dietitians who are new to the neonatal setting. Enrollment is limited to four to six dietitians for each one-week practicum, held annually. The program includes on-site experience in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit and the clinical nutrition department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Continuing medical education

Online CMEs

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia also offers online continuing medical education (CME) for professionals interested in learning more about specific fetal conditions and surgical interventions. Find a full listing of our current online CME modules along with course descriptions and links to register.

All are eligible for CME credit for physicians, and some are eligible for continuing education (CE) credit for nurses.

The Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Hospital is also an approved provider of continuing nurse education though the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accrediting body of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

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CME conferences

The Continuing Medical Education department offers more than 25 conferences each year on a variety of topics, including pediatric cardiology and emergency medicine.

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CME dinner series: Optimizing Perinatal Care for Fetuses with Congenital Anomalies

Learn more about this collaborative dinner series featuring joint presentations by CHOP specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, neonatology and pediatric urology.
All programs are open to our colleagues in maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. The lectures are CME-approved and offered free of charge.

Learn more and sign up to attend a dinner »

Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship

The Kristine Sandberg Knisely Memorial Fund was established in 1980 to honor the memory of Kristine Sandberg Knisely, MD, and expand perinatal physiology research and its application to public health efforts. With the generous support from the Knisely family and the Division of Neonatology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the focus has expanded to include the endowment of a professorship and an annual lectureship and award. Learn about the lectureship award and past recipients.

Newsletters

Our print newsletter, Neonatology Update, features clinical and research advances, and new programs and services for neonates at CHOP and throughout our affiliate hospitals. Please contact us if you'd like to receive a copy of our latest newsletter or subscribe to future issues.

Our e-newsletter, Neonatology News, offers short, timely updates about programs, personnel and milestones.

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Conferences

The Division of Neonatology at CHOP sponsors several conferences that are open to healthcare professionals on a regular basis. They include:

  • Neonatal clinical conference: A weekly neonatal clinical conference is held with the purpose of discussing patient management issues related to medical/surgical care, ECMO therapy or transport issues. The fellow involved in the care of the patient presents the case and identifies topics for discussion. Teleconferencing allows for the participation of referring physicians and are included whenever possible. Once a month, the conference is a neonatal morbidity and mortality presentation.
  • Consensus conference: Four to five times a year, a two-hour conference is held during which one fellow and one faculty member 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.

Neonatal research

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a leader in the advancement of basic and clinical research. We have one of the nation's largest pediatric research programs, spanning virtually every area of pediatric medicine. The new knowledge that is gained from our studies will lead to improved healthcare for children worldwide.

In collaboration with CHOP’s Research Institute, we oversee the work of more than 150 investigators who are pursuing hundreds of active research projects at any given time.

Visit our research page to find a sample of current clinical studies underway by investigators in the Division of Neonatology.

Case study

Learn how clinicians from the Division of Neonatology diagnosed and treated a baby with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and other conditions in this case study.

Additional resources and care guidelines