To summarize, the objectives of the fellowship program are:
- to recognize a sick newborn and develop clinical skills to assess, interpret and manage all aspects of neonatal care (normal, growing premature and sick newborn)
- to acquire a broad knowledge base of neonatal/perinatal medicine including routine care, normal development and pathophysiology of diseases of both the fetus and the newborn
- to acquire skills for successful performance of all neonatal procedures
- to develop administrative skills including organization, communication and general knowledge of finance, regionalization and team approach
- to acquire skills to be able to carry out independent clinical or laboratory research
- to develop good teaching techniques
The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship becomes involved with other pediatric subspecialty trainees primarily during consultations through communication of diagnosis, management, and treatment. There is also contact during didactic lectures, cardiology rotation at Boston Children's, and at pediatric neurology, neuropathology, and developmental conferences. The fellow attends the NICU developmental conferences. The fellow attends the NICU developmental follow-up clinic, high-risk OB clinic, genetics clinic, and pulmonology clinic.
The fellow during his research may work with fellows and residents from other fields such as cardiology. The fellow also attends the medical research forum where other fellows or staff from other departments present their research. The fellow also comes in contact with obstetrics, family practice, and emergency room residents during their NICU rotation.