Didactic Program


Didactic education includes scheduled lectures, supervised self-guided learning activities and case-based discussions. Formal instruction in evidence-based medicine and biostatistics-clinical epidemiology is offered through supervised on-line activities. Additionally, further training in the use of evidence-based medicine and best practices to address clinical issues in quality and safety is accomplished through an integrated series of conferences including Q’n’S Conference (quality and safety case conference), Evidence and Value Conference (our practice management conference), EBM Journal Club, and QA conferences. Clinical conferences also are important aspects of our training program. In addition to case conferences and joint conferences with OB, related meetings, including Cath Conference, Surgery Conference and Cardiac Surgery Conference, are also available.

Training in Neonatal-Perinatal Sciences

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic curriculum includes educational conferences that focus on the science of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and prepare fellows for practice by developing a strong understanding of the basic sciences underlying clinical practice.

Neonatal Physiology
This conference serves as the program's core educational tool for instruction in basic sciences related to neonatal-perinatal medicine.  Fellows lead in-depth discussions of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, embryology, and biochemistry of a disease process.

  • Neonatal Physiology (PDF)

Board Review
Board review conference compliments Neonatal Physiology and follows the ABP content specifications for certification in neonatal-perinatal medicine.  The conference is attending led but designed to be interactive.

  • Neonatal Board Review (PDF)

Neonatology Core Conference
The Core Conference supplements other didactic conferences and serves as an administrative conference during which fellows and the director can discuss issues related to training.

  • Neonatology Core Conference (PDF)

Pediatric Fellowship Core Curriculum

The common curriculum spans all fellowship training programs in the department. Essential training I Evidence-Based Medicine, ethics and other ACGME and ABP topics are covered through on-line tools and departmental or university conferences. The curriculum may be modified to meet the specific needs of specific individuals.

Clinical Didactic Curriculum

The Clinical Didactic Curriculum allows for discussion of clinical management of specific patients, ranging from diagnosis through treatment.

Clinical Case Conference
Presentations of current or recent patients encountered in the intensive care nurseries or on obstetrics are presented and discussed. Discussion includes the basic science of the case as well as clinical decision making.

  • Clinical Case Conference (PDF)

ECMO Conference
Presentations and courses of neonatal and pediatric patients who were treated with ECMO are reviewed in ECMO Conference.

Quality, Evidence, and Safety Curriculum

The Quality, Evidence, and Safety curriculum in an integrated series of meetings that provides training in the use of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement techniques, and practice review.

Quality and Safety Case Conference
Situations, usually case-based, are discussed from a quality and safety viewpoint. Systems that work are identified and systems of care that might be improved are identified. Referrals to other quality improvement committees are made as needed. This is a multidisciplinary conference. Recent attendees include: pediatric subspecialists, translators, minority representatives, social workers, representatives from the ethics committee, NNPs, RNs, RTs, and representatives from the hospital legal section.

  • Quality and Safety Case Conference (PDF)

Neonatology EBM Journal Club
Journal club is designed as an evidence-based medicine conference. A team of presenters moderate each discussion, usually including an NNP, a fellow and an attending. Usually clinical in nature, the basic science of the topic is reviewed then evidence is reviewed and classified. Critically appraised topic (CAT) summaries are distributed. After the discussion, CATs are revised and posted on line. Referrals to our practice guideline or quality & safety groups may be made as needed.

  • Neonatology EBM Journal Club (PDF)

Fetal Board
Fetal Board and Perinatal M&M conferences are traditional in nature. These conferences are both clinical and educational in nature and are jointly produced by Perinatology and Neonatology.

  • Fetal Board (PDF)

Research / Scholarly Activities Curriculum

The research curriculum is our structured introduction into research and other scholarly activities in neonatology. It is through this curriculum that fellows undergo training in research ethics, the development of research questions, the writing of proposals and mechanisms of approval from human or animal research committees. The curriculum includes the opportunities for experience in laboratory and translational settings as well as quality-based research and epidemiological investigations.

Mentored Clinical & Translational Research Course
This introduction to clinical and translational research course is offered to incoming fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine as well as other fellowships at MUSC. The course is designed to introduce fellows (and others) with principles of research and grant writing. This serves as incoming fellows’ opportunity to approach investigation in an organized supervised manner.

  • Mentored Clinical & Translational Research Course (PDF)

Research and Scholarly Activities Meeting
The Research and Scholarly Activities Meeting will serves as a forum at which presentations and discussions will occur that support an atmosphere of inquiry and scholarship.  Presentations include interactive sessions during which research processes are covered, opportunities for fellows to present research in progress or prepare for presentation/publication. 

  • Research and Scholarly Activities Meeting (PDF)

Education Curriculum

The Education Curriculum includes instruction about and opportunities for small group teaching. This is accomplished through interactive didactics as well as small group teaching in the NICU and College of Medicine.