Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Our Program

Fostering the development of outstanding neonatologists with solid backgrounds in physiology, pathophysiology and evidence-based care in neonatology, with a strong program in scholarly activity.

Mission of the Fellowship Program

We are committed to...

  • Developing outstanding clinicians with solid backgrounds in physiology, pathophysiology and evidence-based care in neonatology
  • Fostering the continuation of a high-quality scholarly experience that contributes to the scientific community
  • Promoting the choice of an academic career in neonatology, while honoring and respecting the career desires of our graduates
  • Promoting and mentoring quality improvement projects (one or more projects in each fellow class)

Our mission is accomplished through comprehensive and highly esteemed clinical training in caring for sick neonates in both the inborn and tertiary settings. We provide:

  • A well-established educational curriculum in fetal and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology, biostatistics and epidemiology, neonatal follow-up, as well as academic development and evidence-based practices.
  • A research experience in either clinical or basic science, under the tutelage of accomplished mentors at Women & Infants Hospital and the Brown research community-at-large. The desired outcome of fellows’ research is a manuscript submission and ultimate publication in a peer-reviewed journal or a work product, both of which fulfill the scholarly activity requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics.
  • Upon successful completion of the fellowship, trainees are certified eligible to sit for the neonatal-perinatal medicine boards via the American Board of Pediatrics.

More specifically, our NICU functions with four teams, of which the fellows are the team leaders for 3 teams. They work in conjunction with an attending physician, pediatric residents from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, nurse practitioners, assistant nurse managers, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, et al. We encourage family-centered rounds.

Third year fellows spend one month serve as a "pre-attending," affording them to function more independently while under the supervision of their attending physician. Our fellows have appreciated this time to practice with greater autonomy, preparing them for practice after fellowship. As a tertiary care provider to surrounding newborn nurseries, our fellows routinely provide medical care to infants during transportation from the tertiary hospitals to our NICU at Women and Infants Hospital.

Our neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows spend two weeks per year in the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, under the directorship of Dr. Betty Vohr and assistant directorship of Dr. Elisabeth McGowan.

A diverse patient population and a robust complement of medical diagnoses makes for well-rounded clinical training.
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