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Curriculum Overview

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at UMass Memorial Medical Center provides fellows with comprehensive clinical and academic training in the care of premature and complex neonates.

The curriculum is structured to foster educational and academic excellence as well as outstanding, high-quality patient care.  The clinical training allows fellows to have graduated, independent clinical management experience in a supportive training environment. 

The training focuses on all aspects of neonatal care including

  • Delivery Room Management
  • Management of Complex and Critically Ill Neonates
  • Procedural Skills
  • Transitions of Care
  • Transport Team Leader
  • Family Centered Care
  • Maternal Consults
  • Developmental Follow Up
  • Long Term Pulmonary Follow Up

Additional Areas of Training include:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Research Design and Scholarly Activities
  • Medical Education of Trainees
  • Community Outreach
  • Patient Safety
CLINICAL CURRICULUM

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

UMass Neonatal ICU 6 months 3-4 months 2-3 months
Continuing Care Nursery 1 month    
Elective   * *
Research / Master’s in Clinical Investigation 3-4 months 7-8 months 8-9 months
Vacation 1 month 1 month 1 month

*Fellows are encouraged to complete electives in areas of interest which complement their clinical and research training.  Previous electives include rotations with the ECMO team at Boston Children’s or Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Didactic Schedule

   
Core Fellow's Didactic Conference 
Mondays 
12:00-1:00
Faculty led and flipped classroom lectures on core topics in neonatal and perinatal medicine
Clinical Conference 
Biweekly
Mondays
2:00-3:00
Academic and clinical discussion of clinical care and complex case discussion
NICU Journal Club
Monthly 
Mondays
2:00-3:00
Fellow led evaluation of important publications in the field
Fellow Board Review
Monthly
Mondays
1:00-2:00
Interactive lecture on board review topics
Quality Improvement Core Lecture
Monthly
Mondays
2:00-3:00
Faculty led lecture and fellow led lecture of individual projects
Ethics
Monthly 
Fridays
12:30-1:30
Joint Conference with Maternal Fetal Medicine Division on ethical issues in the field of Perinatal Medicine
Prenatal Diagnosis
Monthly 
Fridays
12:30-1:30
Review of Complex Fetal Diagnoses Cases Joint presentation by NICU fellow and MFM fellow
Perinatal Grand Rounds
Monthly 
Fridays
12:30-1:30
Joint Grand Rouns by the Division of Neonatology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Surgery, and Genetics

M&M Review

Monthly
Fridays
12:00-1:00
Fellow Reviews any mortality or significant morbidity from the prior month as well as clinical teaching points