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Scholarship Education

In addition to our emphasis on developing strong clinicians, we are dedicated to our fellows’ research, scholarship and quality improvement activities.  Fellows have ample protected time throughout their fellowship to participate in rewarding academic experiences. 

  • The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Science Course (3-year curriculum based on ABP specifications) for all pediatric subspecialty fellows. This core curriculum includes relevant aspects of statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement, ethics and palliative care.
  • To assist fellows in building the tools necessary to embark on a career based on their chosen academic focus, fellows participate in individualized professional development activities which are personalized to meet each fellow’s unique academic interests.  These activities can accommodate fellows interested in Basic Science, Clinical Research, Translational Research, Bioethics, Medical Education, NICU Follow-Up, and QI/Patient Safety/Implementation Science.  Mentors within the Division of Neonatology oversee fellow’s professional development and progress along their chosen academic path that aligns with their scholarly interests.
    • Fellows have access to a variety of pediatric subspecialty and other basic science laboratories at Einstein. The greater Montefiore-Einstein academic community provides a rich, diverse and rigorous research environment with many opportunities from clinical to laboratory-based research.
    • Fellows are required to develop an active research platform and present their research at “research-in-progress” meetings both within the Division of Neonatology as well as at regional and national meetings.
    • Fellows may choose a more in-depth learning experience, if they so desire, and obtain a Master’s degree in Bioethics or the Clinical Research Training Program, as provided by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
    • Fellows receive essential training in quality improvement and patient safety through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement training modules, thus acquiring critical skills needed to become leaders of change in health care.

Past research projects completed by our fellows have included:

  • Utility of intramuscular antibiotics for secondary prevention of early onset, asymptomatic ‘suspected’ neonatal sepsis.
  • Utility of Regional Splanchnic Oxygenation using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Very Low Birth Weight Infants with Abdominal Distension.
  • High fat diet exposure at different developmental stages of pregnancy and the consequences in the offspring.
  • Anti-GBS activity of various recombinant defensins in female genital secretions from pregnant females with or without preterm labor.
  • Early feeding tolerance in IUGR infants with normal versus abnormal doppler flow indices.
  • Biomarkers for acute kidney injury in preterm infants.
  • Association of platelet count with patency of the ductus arteriosus.
  • Refeeding syndrome in preterm infants.
  • Impact of a Neonatal Surgical Procedure on Maternal Milk Cytokine Production.
  • Biomarkers as predictors for NEC, systemic inflammation and sepsis in the preterm neonate.
  • The effects of hemodynamically significant PDA and its therapy on acute kidney injury in extremely low gestational age neonates.
  • Relationship between high risk APOL1 gene mutations and preeclampsia and prematurity.
  • Relationship between antibiotic exposure and growth velocity in preterm infants.
  • Incidence of hypoglycemia in the newborn nursery after passing the AAP hypoglycemia screening guidelines.
  • PPAR activation enhances myelination and reduces gliosis in preterm rabbits with intraventricular hemorrhage.
  • Optimism bias in understanding neonatal prognoses