Example of 3-year Neonatal/Perinatal Fellowship Monthly Assignments:
Designates the initial one-month block devoted to orienting new fellows to key
research and clinical aspects of our program. A major goal during this month is
to assist new fellows in beginning the process of selecting an area of research, a
mentor, and a research project. During this period, first-year fellows shadow
senior fellows in the NICU and in their research laboratories. First-year
fellows are encouraged to spend 2 or 3 one- to two-week blocks of time in the
laboratories of funded
investigators in finding one that is "a good fit."
(Clinical Care) Designates clinical service time done in either our high acuity
13-bed NICU1 or in our lower acuity 36-bed and 15-bed NICU2s. During clinical
months, fellows' call is 2 nights a week. All clinical activities take place in
one hospital, University
of Iowa Children's
Designates time blocks devoted primarily to research, but also includes other
training-related activities, e.g., fellows' core curriculum seminar, journal
club, physiology review, lectures/seminars, etc. A primary goal in the second
and third years is to provide several contiguous, uninterrupted blocks of
research time. During research blocks, fellows average 1 call night per week.
Vacation is included in the 3 weeks per year of paid time off.
The fellows' night and weekend call schedule is prepared by the fellows with
approval and oversight by our faculty. On call days average one in every six
over the course of the year and are done in house.
at outside institutions is allowed only with approval of the Program Director.
Elective opportunities for enhanced clinical training (in which fellows are
compensated) are available within our program. Time devoted to either of these
activities is included in the ACGME's weekly 80 duty hours.