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Program Description


The fellowship has a full five-year ACGME accreditation. The fellowship can accommodate up to three fellows.

Clinical Experience

  • Fellows spend a total of 12 months (divided evenly over the three-year training period) on clinical service at our 32-bed unit located at Meriter Hospital. This unit (opened 2007) accomodates sick newborns from communities within a 150-mile radius of Madison, and complicated cases from other Level III centers located in the state. This unit also supports referrals from outlying hospitals via a neonatal transport service. Fellows participate in the neonatal transports as part of their training.
  • In 2014 a second NICU will be supported at the American Family Children's Hospital and will be an integral part of the children’s hospital.
  • Fellows can choose elective experiences in high-risk maternal/fetal medicine, which includes attending a prenatal diagnostic and counseling clinic. St. Mary’s Hospital community NICU hosts an elective that models a private practice experience.
  • Fellows take in-house call on average of one night in six, distributed evenly over the three years, and have holidayand weekend schedules that are similarly distributed over three years.
  • Fellows participate in the neonatal follow-up program, representing a partnership between the UW Department of Pediatrics, Meriter Hospital, and Waisman Center.
  • Fellows interact with a complementary team of pediatric sub-specialists and surgeons. They work closely with obstetricians who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine and share courses with the MFM fellows.

Scholarly Activity

The program offers many opportunities for research experiences based either within the division or across the UW campus. Basic and translational research opportunities include genetic contributors to premature birth and its complications, chronic lung disease of prematurity, infection and inflammation, infant nutrition, iron metabolism, respiratory drive, vascular adaptations in pregnancy, placental biology, and vision research. Opportunities also exist for clinical research projects, including psychophysiological neonatal patterns, studies on patients returning to the follow-up clinic, and studies on models and methods of maternal-infant health care delivery. Ongoing projects in epidemiology use an extensive regional and statewide perinatal database to include all phases of perinatal health care, including neonatal follow-up. Because the Department of Pediatrics has a strong medical ethics program, trainees are afforded the option of pursuing perinatal medical ethics as a focus area.

Affiliated Research Programs

Education Components

  • Fellows have a scholarship oversight committee that provides mentorship and support in completing the scholarly activities.
  • Fellows will be trained in various aspects of the requirements for conducting clinical and basic science research, including statistical analysis, grant application, and presentation skils.
  • Fellows will present regularly and at all division conferences and journal clubs and participate in a didactic curriculum that provides a broad overview of neonatal medicine.
  • Fellows will become experts in the use of a state-of-the-art Neonatal Simulation Center that uses the Laerdal SimNewB computerized manikin. The center serves as both a learning laboratory and an avenue for neonatal education research.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to participate in Global Health projects and research within the Department of Pediatrics.

Last updated: 06/26/2015
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