Fellow Program

Neonatology Fellow Program
Postdoctoral Training Program in Neonatology Emory University School of Medicine

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The curriculum is structured around a three-year fellowship program. One-third of this time is devoted to clinical training. Our commitment to “education-based”, rather than “service-based” fellowship structure is made possible by the in-corporation of 34 masters-trained neonatal nurse practitioners, 27 MD & 5 PhD Faculty Members. Our state-of-the-art clinical service provides on-site exposure to the use of high-frequency ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and inhaled nitric oxide. Cross training in other related clinical arenas is encouraged through electives in maternal-fetal medicine, cardiology, etc. A well-structured postdoctoral education program forms the backbone of our fellowship program providing a solid background in research methods and design, statistics, epidemiology, critical review of literature, and laboratory methods. An ongoing series of seminars in basic sciences/advances, journal clubs, and lectures by nationally-renowned visiting faculty keep trainees up to date with the latest scientific and clinical developments.

Research training is a major component of our fellowship program with nearly two-thirds of the fellowship time dedicated to research pursuits. A wide range of research opportunities are offered within the division and elsewhere throughout the Medical School. The recently established Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center provides unprecedented opportunities for the fellow in training. Home to 13 research centers of excellence and 10 core facilities, the Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center has collaborative cutting edge research initiatives by investigators from Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The Division of Neonatology has 5500 sq ft of bench research space with ongoing projects utilizing a variety of research methods. Faculty and fellows have access to the Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center as well as several other research institutions in Atlanta, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Kidney Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, and Yerkes Regional Primate Laboratory. Emory is a member of the National Institutes of Health Neonatal Network, which is involved in a number of multi-center clinical trials.

Service Rotations

July: Every July, we hold a special Boot Camp month for our incoming fellows. This time also serves to provide a refresher for our current fellows. Our Boot Camp schedule includes:
  • Wet Labs
  • Essentials of Neonatology lectures, provided by Neonatology Faculty
  • CITI Training
  • ECMO certification and recertification
  • NRP certification and simulations
  • Buddy Calls
Breakdown of Service Time:
  • First year of fellowship: 5 service months + 4 weeks of required elective time (Maternal Fetal Medicine and Developmental Progress Clinic)
  • Second year of fellowship: 4 service months + 4 weeks of required elective time (Maternal Fetal Medicine and Developmental Progress Clinic)
  • Third year of fellowship: 3 service months + 4 weeks of required elective time (Cardiology)
By the end of fellowship, the graduating fellow will have completed 12 service months, including 5-6 months at Grady Memorial Hospital, 4 months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and 2-3 months at Emory University Midtown Hospital. There are additional opportunities to participate in elective rotations, including spending time with the transport team, at the bedside of a patient on ECMO, nutrition, or learning how to manage step-down patients.

Educational Activities:
  • Combined Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Neonatology Conferences – Once a month
  • Combined Surgery and Neonatology Conferences – Once a quarter
  • Text Review – Twice a month
  • Case Pearls (bedside clinical cases) – Once a month
  • Faculty-led Conferences (physiology lectures, pertinent to neonatology board contents) – Twice a month
  • Radiology Rounds – Once a month
  • Journal Club – Once a month for 8 sessions in the academic year
  • Research Roundtable (fellow presentation of research project) – Once a year
Departmental Fellows’ Series:
  • First Year Fellows: Fellows Introduction to Research Training, Ethics Seminar
  • Second Year Fellows: Teaching Symposium
  • Second Year Fellows: Quality Improvement Seminar
  • Third Year Fellows: Career Development Seminar