Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

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The Division of Neonatology at Oregon Health & Science University offers a three-year fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The overarching goal of the OHSU Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program is to provide a rich environment where post-residency fellows develop expertise in the clinical, research, educational and quality improvement/patient safety skills requisite to become leaders in Academic Neonatology.

  1. To foster a collaborative learning environment in order to develop superb clinicians
    1. NPM fellows who train at OHSU will become superb clinicians with a strong backbone of clinical experience, physiology/embryology and evidence based medicine
    2. Graduating NPM fellows from OHSU will be able to excel in any practice setting (i.e. Level I to IV, primarily a delivery center to children’s hospital) and maintain the flexibility/curiosity to adapt and integrate new technologies to improve outcomes and advance quality and safety of care
    3. NPM fellows will develop skills as an educator that promote lifelong contribution to educating those around them
  2. To provide a rigorous scholarly experience during fellowship
    1. To align the experience with short term and long term career goals
    2. To capitalize on the plethora of research opportunities across the institution and its affiliates
    3. To use the combination of strong mentorship and career development that produces AT LEAST one contribution to the field at large
  3. To develop future leaders in Neonatology
    1. To provide NPM fellows with a comprehensive toolbox that would allow them to begin and continue to develop as regional/national/international leaders in Neonatology that spans the spectrum of Academics, Research, Education, Innovation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Public Health and Global Health as they move forward in their careers
  4. To capitalize on unique aspects of OHSU as an institution and Pacific Northwest as a region in order to enrich the fellowship experience and provide them with unique skills that may not be offered at other programs.
    1. Fellows receive their training at OHSU, a large referral center for fetal anomalies, and the only academic center for a larger referral region, including the state of Oregon
    2. Current examples that are part of all fellow experiences include telemedicine, simulation education, and Certificate in the Human Investigations Program
    3. Current examples that are optional for fellows to be involved with include Oregon National Primate Research Center, School of Public Health, Oregon Perinatal and Neonatal Network Regional Quality Improvement Collaborative
  5. To provide a rigorous experience in training while nurturing personal well being
    1. To be mindful and proactive about being a family friendly program, burnout prevention and work-life balance through use of institutional resources and skill building throughout training that helps to set the fellow on a lifelong path of well-balanced career
    2. To work in an environment that is supportive of diversity and inclusion

Overview of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Beginning in 1974, the OHSU Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program has been committed to individualizing educational and scholarly experiences to best meet the career goals of each of our fellows. Through a competency-based, needs-driven curriculum, we utilize didactic teaching, experiential learning, and simulation-based training to achieve the learning objectives set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics for NPM fellowship training. Our fellows graduate with the ability to manage infants with complex neonatal pathophysiology, including extreme prematurity, complex surgical problems, congenital heart disease, and diagnoses requiring extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation; to critically evaluate medical evidence relating to improving neonatal outcomes; to adeptly practice inter-professional teamwork; and to communicate with cultural and ethical sensitivity. The program provides structured, guided experiences for trainees to develop expertise in teaching the cognitive, technical, and behavioral skills essential in the practice of neonatology across disciplines.

The OHSU Division of Neonatology comprises 14 attending neonatologists, 6 fellows, and 14 nurse practitioners/physician assistants, covering in total 96 beds in one Level IV and two Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Oregon and Southwest Washington. OHSU/Doernbecher Children's Hospital Level IV NICU is the only academic NICU in Oregon. There are more than 45,000 deliveries a year in Oregon; our NICUs also care for patients from Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Hawaii, and Alaska, ensuring that fellows are involved in the care of many of the newborns requiring specialty care in the region. The OHSU/Doernbecher NICU admits about 600 neonates per year with approximately 20% being transported from the region.  The clinical care and opportunities for learning are outstanding.

Opportunities in research include investigation within and outside of the Division of Neonatology. The program provides comprehensive preparation for academic success and future contributions to the field of neonatology, whether in basic, translational, or clinical research, including epidemiology, health services research, quality improvement/patient safety and medical education. The research experience is rigorous, structured, and designed to provide young investigators with strong opportunity for success in academic neonatology. There are many ongoing research projects among the faculty and fellows in the Division, some supported with grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and private sources, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. OHSU/Doernbecher NICU is an active site for clinical research, that includes local/regional studies, as well as being part of large multi-center randomized controlled trials. We appreciate your interest in our program and invite you to learn more through this website.

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Emily Carter, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Fellowship Program Director

Dmitry Dukhovny, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Program Director

Sarah Nolte
Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Neonatology, 
Department of Pediatrics

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