Didactic Program

Case-Based Neonatal PhysiologyNeonatology Fellows at Didactic Lecture

The Physiology Conference meets twice per month in didactic session.  A faculty facilitator works with individual fellows to prepare presentations which emphasize medical knowledge competencies as described by the ABP.  Presentations are didactic in nature but with ample opportunity for interaction.


Foundations in Neonatology


This board review and more  conference  occurs  weekly  and  is   comprised of interactive discussions among fellows and a facilitator.  The process begins by the identification of reading material before sessions which emphasize medical knowledge competencies as described by the ABP.

Quality and Safety Case Conference (Q’n’S)

The Q’n’S Case Conference serves as a multidisciplinary forum at which presentations and discussions will occur that support an atmosphere of practice assessment and improvement.  The goals of this conference are to review care offered to patients in the nursery system and identify opportunities for improvement. A summary of points pertinent to the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s goals for patient care and the AAMC competencies addressed during the meeting are maintained during each conference. Systems issues identified may be referred to nursery interdisciplinary teams, such as the practice guideline committee and the newborn medicine QA committee, for consideration. Practitioners who identify opportunities for personal improvement or advancement will be encouraged to pursue these through independent study.

Fetal Board

Fetal Board is a monthly multidisciplinary conference whose goals are to provide coordination of antenatal and postnatal care of patients with fetal anomalies between multiple pediatric and adult specialties.

Neonatology Evidence-Based Journal Club

Neonatology Journal Club consists of monthly multidisciplinary meetings that serve as a forum to discuss emerging practices in neonatology. The forum supports a professional atmosphere in which medical literature is evaluated. The framework for this evaluative process follows the principles of evidence-based medicine.

Pediatric Fellows’ Core Retreat

The Department of Pediatrics Fellows’ Core Retreat is designed to both facilitate interactions among fellows of all pediatric programs and address those elements of fellow education common to all training programs.

Evidence & Value Conference

The Evidence and Value Conference is a multidisciplinary quality and safety conference used to design and implement practice protocols in neonatal medicine. The goal of this conference is to improve clinical care through the application of evidence or best practices. Participants learn the basic principles of practice improvement: scientific analysis of practice patterns and improvement cycles, the application of principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice, and the application of best practices (potentially better practices) to clinical care.

Research and Scholarly Activities Meeting

The Research and Scholarly Activities Meeting serves as a forum at which presentations and discussions occur that support an atmosphere of inquiry and scholarship. Participants in this conference include fellows, faculty, and invited guests as appropriate.

Clinical and Scholarly Activities Boot Camps

During Boot Camp, fellows gain an overview of neonatology through a series of didactics, discussions, simulation labs, and readings.  We cover the basics of practice as a fellow—from how we round, the layout of our clinical days, census and transport management, and our management of our perinatal region to the basic pathophysiology and our approach to common disorders encountered in a Level IV NICU. 

Through participation in the research portion of boot camp, fellows develop the skills to independently develop, design, carry out, interpret, and disseminate research and other forms of scholarly activities.

Attending Lecture Series

The series occurs twice monthly. Fellows identify topics that require more in-depth review to supplement material covered elsewhere in the curriculum.  Fellows invite faculty they see as experts in the topic to be discussed.  The meeting is small-group based and interactive.