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Scheduled Educational Seminars

In addition to learning clinical neonatology from direct patient encounters, educational activities include:

Fellows Physiology Conference:  This three-year curriculum of fetal and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology is taught by neonatology and other subspecialty faculty from CHAM and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein). 

Maternal Fetal Medicine Case Discussion:  Maternal Fetal Medicine, obstetric, and neonatology faculty and fellows/residents participate in biweekly discussions of maternal fetal medicine physiology and pathophysiology and its impact on the fetus and neonate. The clinical presentation as well as the maternal and fetal management are reviewed.

The Perinatal Multidisciplinary Management Meeting is a biweekly interdisciplinary meeting that focuses on all high-risk pregnancies that are followed by the MFM faculty. Trainees participate in discussions regarding the prenatal diagnosis and management of complicated pregnancies with fetal disorders and anomalies and they gain valuable experience in the collaborative management of patients, including vital skills such as communication, weighing priorities, and formulating treatment plans for complex pregnancies and deliveries.

Simulation Training:  We utilize high and low fidelity simulation techniques (at Einstein’s Gottesman Simulation Center) to prepare our fellows to be leading educators in the field of neonatology.  Fellows participate in procedural training, neonatal and infant resuscitation in both the delivery room and in the NICU, and in non-technical skills training (communication, teamwork, leadership, crisis resource management, etc). Fellows also learn how to facilitate and debrief simulations and run mock codes for the pediatric residents. All fellows receive NRP instructor training so that they become hospital based NRP instructors by their 3rd year of fellowship.

Neonatology Board Review and Review of the Current Neonatology Literature:  Fellows participate in bi-weekly neonatology board review sessions that focus on high-yield reviews of topics covered by the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty examination in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  Every week, fellows receive a compiled list of the recently published neonatology focused articles for their review. 

Journal Club:  The Journal Club is a monthly seminar that supports the acquisition of biostatistical and epidemiologic tools necessary to critically appraise the literature and promote an evidence-based approach to clinical care.  A biostatistician attends journal club to help reinforce concepts in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and clinical study design.   

Practice Based Management Series:  Under the mentorship of the neonatology faculty, fellows learn to critically appraise a controversial topic or review existing practice using PICO format.  Fellows learn to develop a consensus statement based on their literature review and subsequent discussions that is used to institute changes in clinical protocols/guidelines.

Ethics and Professionalism:  Fellows receive instruction in topics relating to bioethics, professionalism and humanism. Fellows also participate in communication training using evidence-based approaches and simulation sessions to enhance communication skills in areas such as perinatal counseling and shared decision-making, communicating difficult news and disclosing medical errors.

Palliative Care Curriculum:  A robust divisional and departmental palliative care curriculum provides instruction to fellows on perinatal palliative care including palliative care services starting in pregnancy and continuing through birth, the newborn period, and the death of the infant, as well as perinatal hospice care. 

Clinical Conferences: Multidisciplinary fellow-led clinical case conferences are held bi-monthly and alternate between case review and Mortality and Morbidity.  During the Mortality and Morbidity conference, the pathology findings are presented and discussed by a pathology resident and a pediatric pathologist.

Research Seminar Series:  Neonatology Research Seminar is a monthly seminar serving as an official forum for fellows and neonatology faculty to present their research. Each fellow will present their research and QI projects once a year.  The departmental research rounds take place weekly on Thursday afternoons starting in the fall and ending in the spring; this is an official forum for faculty from within the department, the medical school as well as visiting faculty to present their research.

Pediatric Grand Rounds:  Departmental Ground Rounds occur every Wednesday morning.

Professional Development Curriculum:  Fellows are encouraged to attend the comprehensive program of free-standing workshops, workshop series, and seminars offered by the Office of Faculty Development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. These seminars and workshops are designed to assist faculty and fellows in improving their educational and professional skills and furthering their academic careers. 

Additional meetings:  Fellows also attend the following:

  • Monthly Performance Improvement and Patient Safety meeting
  • Bi-monthly meeting with program leadership