Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Clinical Rotations

Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU Rotation)

Neonatal Cardiology (CARDIO Rotation)

          High Risk Follow-Up Clinic (HIGH RISK FOLLOW-UP Rotation)


 Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Curriculum

Our rigorous curriculum includes a variety of academic activities, including:

NICU RoundsWork/teaching rounds with attending faculty.  Fellows gradually increase responsibility for leading rounds.Faculty and FellowsDaily
Pediatric Grand RoundsPresentation of new trends and updates in Pediatric Cardiology, Pulmonology, Adolescent Medicine, and Pediatric Intensive Care.UIC and/or Outside FacultyWeekly
Multi-disciplinary Discharge RoundsTeam of multi-disciplinary specialists review issues of high-risk infants and plan for discharge.Faculty and SpecialistsWeekly
Professor RoundsFellows receive direct instruction on clinical assessment and clinical management.Dr. Usha Raj,

Department Head and Interim Chief Neonatology

Didactic LecturesLectures by Neonatal and Perinatal faculty, covering all the basic physiology topics, formally scheduled. Specific Board Review questions may also be covered in these sessions.FacultyTwice a month
Neonatal Case ConferenceFellow on service presents a neonatal Case Study to neonatal fellows. Ethical elements are included, when relevant.FellowWeekly
OB/NEO Case ConferenceFellow on service presents a maternal neonate case. OB faculty and fellows attend these sessions.FellowWeekly

M&M Case Conference

Fellow on service presents a maternal neonate case. OB faculty and fellows attend these sessions.FellowMonthly
Fellow’s Journal ClubFellow is assigned a relevant article to present. Faculty provide guidance as to proper methods of gathering statistics, etc.FellowBi monthly
Pediatric Research ConferenceVCutting edge research in all sub-specialties of pediatrics.Faculty/ FellowMonthly
Ethics TrainingEthics training is required and offered through a variety of presentations, online modules, and seminars. Faculty Supervisor maintains schedule and documentation of speakers/ conferences/ specific topics/dates/times/locationsFaculty or SpecialistVaries

(Minimum of 12 sessions required)

In addition to the academic conferences listed above, the fellowship offers protected research time and four (4) clinical rotations:

1.) Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU Rotation)
2.) Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM Rotation)
3.) Neonatal Cardiology (CARDIO Rotation)
4.) High Risk Follow-Up Clinic (HIGH RISK Rotation)

A typical Rotation Block Schedule  provides fellows with 50% protected research time during the first year of fellowship (Program Year 4), 75% research time during the second year (Program Year 5), and 75% during the third and final year of fellowship (Program Year 6).

Clinical Experience – 13-15 months minimum time in the NICU (depending on track & clinical competency).

High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic (HRIF): All fellows attend the HRIF clinic. Fellows interested in outcome research may also participate in Developmental Clinic which is run by our Developmental Pediatrician

Available Electives –  Cardiology, and Neurology

ICN – Junior Attending Month in ICN for 3rd-year Fellows

Research –  18-21 Months (depending on track)

Vacation – 3 Months

Optional Masters Degree Offered to Fellows – Free of Charge
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers tuition-free waivers to fellows who wish to fulfill their Scholastic Research requirement by pursuing a specialized masters degree.  Fellows who choose this option will be assigned a Research Mentor who will provide guidance and tutorship, in regard to the chosen research project.  Fellows will present their research progress at Scholarship Oversight Committee meetings, on an annual basis.  After completing his/her masters research paper, the fellow will present and defend his completed research project at a final Scholarship Oversight Committee meeting.