Curriculum

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The University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics have a long track record and commitment to training clinician investigators. Clinical training is based on 1:1 interaction with faculty and a "hands-on" approach to learning. During the research training portion of the program, fellows receive training in either basic science or clinical investigation (or both). Trainees interested in clinical investigation may complete a 4th year of fellowship to complete a Master's degree in the field of interest. Trainees working in basic science research may take coursework that complements their educational objectives and work closely with a primary mentor.  

All trainees have a Scholarship Oversight Committee consistent with the ACGME/American Board of Pediatrics guidelines. 

During the first several weeks of the first year, fellows shadow the clinical team for orientation. In addition, during the first month of fellowship, fellows are oriented to:

  • Newborn Emergency Transport System (NETS)
  • ECMO
  • Skills fair for common and uncommon procedures done by the fellow

 

CLINICAL MONTHS

  • Supervise clinical care of NICU patients with attending guidance
  • Assume an active role in the supervision and teaching of housestaff, medical students and nursing staff in the NICU
  • Perform or supervise clinical procedures and attend high-risk deliveries when special expertise is required
  • Perform antenatal consultations
  • Organize and participate in neonatal and perinatal conferences
  • Organize and dispatch the Newborn Emergency Transport Team and participate in particularly complex transports
 
RESEARCH MONTHS
  • Pursue self-selected research project(s) with active guidance from Neonatology and basic science faculty
  • Required 2-week courses in statistics, epidemiology, and electives related to clinical or bench research
 
NICU HIGH-RISK FOLLOW-UP CLINIC
  • Evaluate medical and developmental progress of infants discharged from the intensive care nursery
  • Seen in conjunction with Neonatologists, Developmental Pediatricians, and Pediatric Occupational & Physical Therapists
  • Fellows are scheduled for approximately 30 half-day clinics across the three years of fellowship
 
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Weekly
  • Division Meeting - Discussions of clinical issues and management of the NICU
  • Perinatology Rounds - Discuss upcoming high-risk deliveries and management of current inpatients
  • Interdisciplinary Rounds - Clinical service team discusses inpatients with therapists, case managers, and social work
  • Neonatology Morning Report - Join Department of Pediatrics faculty in resident-led case conference
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds

Monthly
  • Journal Club - Fellow-led review of recent or sentinel publications in the field of Neonatology
  • Morbidity & Mortality - Fellow-led review of recent issues of care in the NICU often supported by Pediatric Pathologists
  • Neonatal Physiology - Three-year curriculum to prepare fellows for taking the Boards led by Neonatology and/or Sub-specialty attendings
  • Fellowship Oversight - Faculty development series for fellows in the Department of Pediatrics
 
NIGHT CALL
  • Taken in-house and rotated among all the neonatology fellows
  • Call schedule written by senior fellows