Neonatology Education

Our commitment to education, along with research, justifies our division's excellence.

Medical Students

Provide a foundation of knowledge about normal fetal development, physiologic adaptations that take place during transition from intra- to extra-uterine life, and normal growth and development during infancy. This knowledge base can then be used to better understand the congenital anomalies and disease processes that occur in the newborn and to formulate appropriate treatment plans to medically support critically ill infants.

Interns & Residents

Teach the skills needed to recognize medical problems commonly encountered during the newborn period, and to formulate appropriate evaluation and treatment plans. Residents will also attain the skills necessary to evaluate and stabilize a critically ill infant and transport the child to a facility that can deliver an appropriate level of care.

Neonatology Fellows

Prepare an individual to be the leader of the health care team in a newborn intensive care unit. While clinical competence is an important part of this role, communication with other health care professionals, parents and referring physicians is a major factor in ensuring that appropriate care is provided. It is only through participating in these activities during training that these skills are learned. The division realizes that the diverse career goals and unique strengths and limitations of neonatology fellows must be recognized. However, the principal goal of this program is to prepare Neonatology fellows for careers in academic neonatology. This includes training in research design, collection and analysis of data, and manuscript and grant writing during two of the three years of the fellowship program.

Practicing Physicians

Provide the skills necessary to stabilize ill neonates and recognize those who may benefit from transfer to a newborn intensive care unit. A principal goal of the Division is to teach referring physicians the skills needed to provide ongoing care for those infants who can safely remain within their own facilities or, once stable, can be transferred back from tertiary care units.