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The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits two fellows per year.

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The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital provides physicians with unrivaled training in neonatology with a comprehensive, innovative educational curriculum, as well as an in-depth research experience individually tailored to each trainee’s area of interest.

The fellowship, ACGME-accredited since 1984, has a proud history of graduating successful neonatologists in both academic and private-practice settings. The academic curriculum provides training in clinical and basic science research methodology, quality improvement, educational methodology and multidisciplinary team leadership. Fellows receive protected learning time for didactic lectures, simulation and research.

As the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and referral center in central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has a full complement of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists. Specific therapies offered in the NICU include, but are not limited to:

  • High-frequency ventilation
  • Non-invasive neurally adjusted ventilatory assist ventilation (NAVA)
  • Total-body cooling for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

The neonatal program is consistently ranked one of the top neonatal programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 600 admissions annually, including an active transport team and an obstetrical service with more than 2,200 deliveries per year, the patient population has a strong combination of patient acuity, diversity and complexity. The Perinatal Center attracts a diverse mix of complicated pregnancies, and the new, state-of-the-art 56-bed NICU is scheduled to open in November 2020.

The medium-sized academic program offers fellows a combination of a personalized fellowship experience with all that an academic medical center has to offer. The group includes approximately 30 neonatologists and advanced practice providers and a sizable clinical and support staff. Program faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in many areas of clinical, basic, translational and quality improvement research in many areas, including autonomic regulation, neonatal hypoglycemia, neonatal neurology, neonatal abstinence syndrome and pulmonary immunology.

Fellows in the training program develop a strong foundation of medical knowledge in neonatal physiology and pathophysiology and learn to provide evidence-based treatment strategies within a family-centered care model. Faculty and co-fellows support each fellow through their training with one-on-one mentoring and supervision, allowing for increased independence as skills progress. At the end of three years, the program’s goal is for fellows to have the knowledge and skills to provide top-notch and compassionate neonatal care.

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Program Director’s Welcome Expand answer

Dear aspiring fellow,

Welcome! I invite you to explore this website to find out more about the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Please be sure to follow the links to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), faculty and fellow pages, and the Hershey area.

Why choose Penn State? As a medium-sized program with access to a nationally-recognized quaternary care medical center and medical school, our fellows obtain experience managing a wide range of neonatal pathologies while receiving individual attention from faculty. Our size also allows us to tailor fellow training based on their interests, skills and career goals. Our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship has a proud history of training successful academic and clinical neonatologists since 1984, and we are ranked one of the top Neonatology Hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought some changes and challenges, but our faculty and fellows rose to the challenge, finding innovative ways to continue to provide quality education and patient care. In November 2020, we moved into our new home, a 56-bed, state-of-the-art Level IV NICU on the eighth floor of the Children’s Hospital. While this year the recruitment and interview process will again be entirely virtual, we are excited to show you all that our program has to offer!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you.

Kristen M. Glass, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
kglass1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
717-531-8413

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COVID-19 Update for the 2022 Interview Season

In accordance with national recommendations and in fairness to all fellowship candidates, many of whom are under travel restrictions, in-person visits and interviews will be suspended again for the 2022 interview season.

General Application Information

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Pediatric Subspecialties Match, with typically two fellowship spots per year.

All application materials must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for fellowship applicants. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible once ERAS opens for the season.

All applicants must have completed a residency from an ACGME-certified training program.

Eligibility

Qualified candidates will be:

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
  • Board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics
  • Eligible for a Pennsylvania medical training license

Required Supporting Documents

The following documents should be uploaded to ERAS for review:

  • ERAS application, including current photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a neonatologist and one from the applicant’s current residency program director

International students

International medical graduates must hold a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for the match. The program accepts J-1 visas only.

Faculty Expand answer

A directory of clinical faculty is seen here. See research faculty and publications from Maternal-Fetal Medicine here.

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Fellow Spotlight: Dosalyn Thompson, DO Expand answer

About the fellow

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Dosalyn Thompson, DO

Name: Dosalyn Thompson, DO

Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.

Clinical interests: Neonatal abstinence syndrome, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, neonatal dermatology, neonatal nutrition, palliative care and simulation

Research interests: Quality improvement, neonatal nutrition, neonatal abstinence syndrome, palliative care, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and patient satisfaction

Why did you choose neonatology?

“I chose neonatology because I was fascinated by the physiology, rapidly evolving management and continued improvement in outcomes over the past several decades. I enjoy the variety of physiology, pathology and procedures involved as well. I’ll never forget the awe moment when I saw an extremely low gestational age newborn as a medical student and how amazed I was that something that looked so small and fragile could not only survive but even possibly thrive later in life.”

Why did you choose Penn State for your fellowship training?

“I chose Penn State because I was impressed by the program and facility on my interview and enjoyed talking with everyone I met here. One interviewer in particular stood out to me because she casually took me to the cafeteria to get coffee and chat. It felt very laid back and welcoming. Also, PA is my home state and I enjoy the Hershey area for all the activities and beauty it has to offer without heavy traffic or a long commute.”

What are your thoughts on fellowship so far?

“Fellowship, like each previous level of education I’ve had, is more difficult but yet more enriching than I anticipated. I am learning more than I could have ever imagined. There is still so much to learn in just three years. I am just trying to soak it all in and seize every learning opportunity.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? How is life in Hershey, Pa.?

“My husband and I enjoy going to Hershey Park, going out to eat, watching movies and exploring new walking/hiking trails with our three dogs. I also enjoy visiting with family when I have time. I am looking forward to enjoying some pool time this summer since the house we bought here came with a pool. We are also hoping to get kayaks so we can take advantage of the river near our house.”

Fellow Spotlight: Lynnlee Depicolzuane, DO Expand answer

About the fellow

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Lynnlee Depicolzuane, DO

Name: Lynnlee Depicolzuane, DO

Hometown: Medford, N.J.

Clinical interests: Delivery room management, late prematurity, ventilator management, resident and medical student education

Research interests: Surfactant proteins, management of hemodynamics in ELBW infants, human milk provision

Why did you choose Neonatology?

“Neonatology combined all of the aspects of medicine I most enjoyed as a medical student – the excitement of deliveries, the fast pace of critical care, keeping track of the details and continuity of care with patients and their families. I couldn’t imagine another specialty that fit my personality and interests more. The NICU is a special place and it is truly a privilege to be a part of this team.”

Why did you choose Penn State for your fellowship training?

“We are… Penn State! I’m a proud Penn State alumna and the university means a lot to me. When I interviewed here I felt as though everything I was looking for in a program could be fulfilled here. We have a diverse patient population with a large referral base, an excellent team of consultants, a great relationship with our advanced practice provider group, a strong group of attending neonatologists with a wide variety of interests, and many opportunities for education and teaching.”

What are your thoughts on fellowship so far?

“The fellow role has been an exciting and challenging one to step into. I bonded easily with the other fellows and have also formed relationships with other members of our advanced practice provider group, nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy and dietary teams who have really made this hospital feel like home. I feel well-supported here in all aspects of my education and as a member of the team. I’m excited to see what the next years have in store.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? How is life in Hershey, Pa.?

“I enjoy exploring local restaurants searching for the best food and beverages; there is a surprising variety of both in this area! I also like to exercise and our hospital’s gym on campus is accessible, as well as affordable. We have several area theaters that showcase a wide variety of talent and there are many local music venues that host well-known artists. Hersheypark is a lot of fun, especially in the fall when the crowds die down! If you are into outdoor activities, there are many options locally and within a small radius. I lived in Baltimore during residency and I do not feel as though I am missing out living here to central Pennsylvania. It’s a short drive to visit friends and family in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. The beaches in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland are close by and Harrisburg International Airport is only 10 minutes away for those longer journeys!”

Past Fellows Expand answer

Testimonials from Graduates of Penn State Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Tracey Harris, DO
Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Penn State NPM Fellow 2016-2019

As my June 2019 graduation approached, I was frequently asked if I was nervous to embark upon my new role as an attending neonatologist. The simple answer was no, because I was extremely well-prepared by my fellowship training at Penn State. Not only is there an abundance of pathology in the NICU at Penn State, ranging from extreme prematurity to complex congenital conditions, but the faculty and staff are extremely invested in education. After practicing in a busy Level 3 NICU since leaving Hershey, I am even more thankful for my fellowship experience and would highly recommend the program at Penn State to anyone beginning their training in Neonatology.

Payal Trivedi, DO
Temple University Hospital/St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Penn State NPM Fellow 2015-2018

I have had the opportunity to work in both private practice and academic settings. The training I received at Penn State helped me to develop adaptability, which was critical in transitioning between these two work environments. As a fellow, I gained confidence leading a team in the delivery room and while on transports of critically ill infants. I am particularly grateful for the experience as an acting attending during my third year fellowship, which made the transition to being a new attending much less daunting. I have received positive feedback on multiple occasions from colleagues, mid-level staff, and nurses about my approach to providing updates or having difficult conversations with families. I would choose Penn State again over other programs because the fellowship training provided me with a very broad experience in neonatology, from extremely low birth weight infants to full term babies with rare anomalies. Everyone has a stake in education, from the faculty to the respiratory therapists and clinical pharmacists, making multidisciplinary family-centered rounds insightful and educational. During my training at Penn State I developed long-lasting relationships with people whom I can reach out to for advice even after fellowship.

Richard Jack, MD
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI
Penn State NPM Fellow 2014-2017

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a strong program with an excellent environment for learning. The attendings, NNPs and PAs are all a pleasure to work with. There is a nice balance of clinical and research exposure. As a referral center, the NICU sees a vast range of pathology and acuity which is excellent for training. The fellows are well respected and given appropriate autonomy for patient care. The nurses and respiratory therapists are knowledgeable and I learned a lot from them as well. I especially enjoyed my experiences with neonatal transport and ECMO. I would strongly recommend this program as I feel that it has prepared me well for attending life.

Jeffrey Meyers, MD
Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Penn State NPM Fellow 2009-2012

I loved my experience at Penn State. There is a diverse exposure to complex pathophysiology from a large catchment area in PA. I benefitted from exposure to ECMO, complex congenital heart disease, and rare genetic disorders. The faculty provided excellent bedside teaching, and supported the development of independence and autonomy among the fellows. There was also a structured approach to supporting fellowship scholarly activities. Hershey, PA is a beautiful place to live and raise a family! I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience or where I trained.

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Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

Learn more about Penn State Health

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital (left), Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (center) and Penn State Cancer Institute (right)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

Learn more about Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

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Wellness Initiatives Expand answer

Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

Institutional resources

Graduate medical education resources

Department and Division Resources

The division recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Throughout the year, the division hosts celebrational gatherings, including an annual new fellow welcome picnic as well as a holiday party and fellow graduation picnic.

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Wellness activity

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Wellness activity

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Graduation celebration

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Institutional Resources

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through Inclusion Academy
  • Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
  • Many affinity resource network groups, including:
    • Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
    • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
    • NextGen

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Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education

The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.

Learn more about the Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education

Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

Learn more about the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

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Mailing Address

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850
Mailcode H085
Hershey, Pa. 17033

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-5458

Email: jgebhart1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Curriculum Details

Training Overview Expand answer

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship is a three-year, ACGME-accredited training program. Fourteen months are dedicated to subspecialty clinical training, designed for the trainee to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for the practice of neonatology. These months include two required rotations in pediatric cardiology and maternal-fetal medicine. The curriculum is structured to give fellows more responsibility and independence as they gain experience and skill. During their third year, fellows on clinical service are placed in the role of acting attending with appropriate supervision from attending physicians.

Also, 19 months of the fellowship program are dedicated to clinical or basic science research training. The goal of research training is to provide fellows with a skill set to support career-long investigation and scholarly contribution to the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Fellows in the program are trained in providing prenatal consultation during clinical rotations under faculty supervision. They also see patients in neurodevelopmental clinic throughout all three years of their training, where they learn to evaluate for developmental delays in the most at-risk patients.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows supervise and teach medical students, residents and learners from allied health professions on clinical rotations. Throughout all three years of training, fellows are expected to prepare and present formal lecture topics and clinical cases at divisional conferences.

Rotation Overview Expand answer

The rotation schedule for each of the three years of fellowship is listed here. Schedules are customizable based on trainee interests, skills and goals. Fellows receive one month (four weeks) of vacation per year.

Year 1

  • Orientation to service in the NICU – one month
  • Service in the NICU – five months
  • Neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic sessions – six half-days
  • Research – five months
  • Vacation – one month (four weeks)
  • In-house calls – approximately 55

Year 2

  • Service in the NICU – four months
  • Maternal-fetal medicine – one month
  • Neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic sessions – six half-days
  • Research – six months
  • Vacation – one month (four weeks)
  • In-house calls – approximately 55

Year 3

  • NICU as acting attending (with supervision) – three months
  • Cardiology – one month
  • Neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic sessions – six half-days
  • Research – seven months
  • Vacation – one month (four weeks)
  • In-house calls – approximately 55

Summary over all three years of fellowship

  • NICU service – 12 months
  • Maternal-fetal medicine – one month
  • Cardiology – one month
  • High-risk neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic sessions – 18 half-days
  • Research – 19 months
  • Vacation – three months (12 weeks)
  • In-house night calls (approximately one night in six, averaged over three years) – approximately 160

Typical day in the life of an on-service fellow

  • 7 a.m. – Sign-out
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m. – Patient care
  • 9 a.m. – Team huddle, followed by family-centered multidisciplinary rounds
  • Noon – Conference
  • 1:15 p.m. – Radiology rounds with pediatric radiologist
  • 2 to 4 p.m. – Patient care, family meetings and resident education
  • 4 p.m. – Sign-out

The program’s size allows for flexibility for fellows to customize their training with additional experiences in the second and third years, including, but not limited to, an elective in palliative care medicine and medical education courses. Through partnership with Penn State College of Medicine, the program offers graduate certificates and advanced degree programs.

Electives Expand answer

Cardiology and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) are two required rotations in the educational curriculum.

MFM is a one-month rotation completed in the second year of fellowship. During this rotation, fellows spend two weeks on the MFM inpatient service and outpatient clinic, where they are exposed to fetal testing and monitoring modalities. For the remainder of the month, fellows participate in outpatient prenatal consultations referred by the Perinatal Center and the obstetric service.

The cardiology rotation is a one-month experience during the third year of fellowship on the inpatient cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery service in the cardiac intensive care unit. During this rotation, fellows also follow patients with congenital heart disease in the NICU, observe cardiac surgeries and see patients in fetal cardiology clinic.

First-Year Fellow Boot Camp Expand answer
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Boot Camp participants

Incoming first-year fellows in our program participate in the Regional First-Year Fellow Boot Camp at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Penn State has participated in this program since 2010. Originally developed and hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, it was adapted to a virtual format for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. The event hopes to return to an in-person format in 2022.

The course provides two days of didactics, simulation training, and networking with other new first-year fellows in neonatal-perinatal medicine from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. Registration, travel and meal costs are covered by the program and the sponsoring institution.

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Weekly or Every Other Week

Pediatric Grand Rounds (Tuesdays)

Starting Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m., Pediatric Grand Rounds covers core topics in pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. Speakers include local and nationally-recognized faculty and researchers. Pediatric fellows also have the opportunity to speak at Grand Rounds during their third year of fellowship.

Journal Club (Wednesdays)

Twice monthly, the division meets from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss recent literature in order to inform best practice. Fellow and faculty discussants lead the critical appraisal of one to two recent articles per session.

Fellows’ Physiology Lecture Series (Wednesdays)

Every other Wednesday, fellows and faculty facilitators meet from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss physiology topics relevant to the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Board Examination. Each session concludes with a review of board-style questions. The curriculum is currently undergoing a transition from a traditional didactic model to a flipped-classroom model using content from the Organization of Neonatal-Training Program Directors (ONTPD) NeoFlip curriculum. Faculty from other specialties, including surgery, cardiology, pulmonology and maternal-fetal medicine, also present on relevant topics.

Morbidity and Mortality (Thursdays)

Morbidity and Mortality is a multidisciplinary team discussion aimed at improving patient care, held every Thursday at noon. Fellows are responsible for preparation and presentation of the case(s), including literature review, and discussion of systems improvements.

Perinatal Conference (Fridays)

Perinatal Conference is the multidisciplinary meeting between maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal-perinatal medicine groups to discuss recent and upcoming deliveries, held at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays. Faculty and fellows from both specialties discuss cases as well as physiology and management of high-risk pregnancies. Topics relevant to both sides of the mother-fetus dyad are discussed with the goal of improving understanding and communication between members of this special care team.

Division Meeting (every other Friday)

On alternate Fridays at 2 p.m., the faculty, advanced practice providers and fellows gather to discuss relevant topics in neonatology in order to inform best practice in the NICU.

Monthly

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Scholarly Curriculum (second Wednesday)

The Scholarly Curriculum Series is held every second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. and is a fellow conference facilitated by a core group of faculty on topics including: biostatistics and epidemiology with hands-on experience using statistical software, research methodology, quality improvement, medical and research ethics and education methodology.

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Trainees in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship are seen with one of the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital visiting therapy dogs during a core curriculum event.

Fellows’ Core Curriculum Series (second Monday)

Fellows’ Core Curriculum is a set of structured didactic sessions held from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Monday of the month addressing aspects of the ACGME’s core curriculum required for all pediatric subspecialty training, as well as some life-after-fellowship topics. This innovative learning program brings together fellows from across the Department of Pediatrics and provides instruction on topics such as research methodology and study design, grantsmanship, manuscript writing, financial advisement, work-life balance and physician wellness, CV preparation and negotiating employment contracts.

Perinatal Program Meeting (first Tuesday)

The multidisciplinary Perinatal Center meeting is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss upcoming deliveries of patients in the Perinatal Program. These patients include mothers carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease and other congenital malformations, as well as twin-twin transfusion. Facilitated by the maternal-fetal medicine perinatal coordinators, the meeting includes a brief review of each maternal/fetal case currently cared for within the Perinatal Program, with in-depth multidisciplinary commentary and discussion as appropriate. Postnatal case correlation is also included.

Fellow Simulations (last Wednesday)

On the last Wednesday of the month, fellows participate in simulations focusing on the practice of clinical skills, as well as the development of communication and leadership skills. Scenarios range from management of congenital anomalies in the delivery room, to emergency situations in the NICU and delivery of difficult news to families.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Research Conference (last Friday)

This conference is a divisional meeting typically held on the last Friday of the month at 2 p.m. to showcase both fellow and faculty research. The purpose of the conference is to provide updates on research projects going on within the division, to give feedback to the investigators to strengthen their projects as well as to provide inspiration and foster collaboration between researchers.

Simulation Expand answer

Fellows have opportunities throughout their training to participate in simulation-based education both in the NICU and in the nationally recognized and accredited Clinical Simulation Center.

Simulation is used regularly throughout the curriculum and is taught by faculty and staff trained in simulation education. Recurring simulations include procedural simulations such as exchange transfusion, thoracentesis and chest tube placement, quarterly ECMO simulations and monthly in-situ mock codes.

Fellows are encouraged to serve as facilitators for simulations held as part of medical student and pediatric resident education. These programs provide fellows with experience running simulation scenarios and facilitating educational debriefing sessions. Fellows are encouraged to obtain their certification as NRP instructors and to participate in NRP education for the NICU and obstetrical teams.

Additional training is available through the Teaching with Simulation instructor certificate course.

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ECMO simulation

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ECMO simulation

Research Expand answer

The fellowship curriculum provides fellows with a toolbox of skills and a solid knowledge base in research methodology, study design, grantsmanship, manuscript writing and statistical analysis.

The training program is structured with dedicated research time throughout the three years of the program, which allows fellows to develop a well-rounded, longitudinal research project. A faculty research mentor is identified based upon fellow interests and career goals. Research options include both clinical and basic science research, as well as educational research. Fellows will work with their mentor to develop a clinical question and review the relevant literature to develop a research protocol.

Fellows are encouraged to write IRB applications and apply for internal and external grants as applicable to their research project. Fellows then participate in data collection and statistical analysis with the goal of developing at least one peer-reviewed manuscript for publication.

The program highly encourages fellows to attend national, regional and local conferences to present their work and to interact with researchers and fellows from other institutions for inspiration, continuing education and initiating professional collaborations.

Mentoring Expand answer

Mentoring is an essential part of professional development during fellowship and beyond. The training program starts fellows off on the right path with an onboarding mentorship program developed by the fellowship director, Dr. Kristen Glass.

This program, now entering its third year, pairs an incoming fellow with a faculty member who meets regularly with the fellow throughout the first four months of fellowship to provide advice on adjusting to the fellow role, the medical center and life in Hershey. The onboarding mentor also helps the fellow explore interests and goals and orient the fellow to opportunities for involvement in committees, quality improvement teams and research.

At the end of the onboarding mentorship commitment (October of the first year of fellowship), the fellow selects an academic mentor from among the faculty. Academic mentors meet with fellows at least semi-annually to provide feedback on fellow evaluations and aid in the development of fellowship and career goals. Research mentors are also an important part of the fellow mentoring team. These mentors, selected based on fellow research interests and career goals, guide the fellow through a longitudinal research project along with the Scholarly Oversight Committee.

Fellow Honors and Recognitions

Exceptional Teachers Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

Previous nominees from the Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellowship are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.

Pediatric Research Day Presentations Expand answer

Pediatric Research Day is an every-other-year event that highlights the research of junior faculty and trainees at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, the conference was not held in 2021. This event is an opportunity for researchers and caregivers at Penn State College of Medicine, other Penn State campuses and in the community to discover new applications for their work or to talk about potential areas for collaboration.

Finalists for the Clinical Young Investigator Award are selected from abstracts submitted by medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Previous presentations from the Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellowship are listed here, along with any honors or awards received.

Resident/Fellow Research Day Presentations Expand answer

The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, Pa.

The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.

Learn more about Resident/Fellow Research Day here.

Previous presentations from the Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellowship are listed here.

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