Neonatology Fellowship Research Curriculum :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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Neonatology Fellowship Research Curriculum

The primary goal of the research component of the fellowship program is high quality, in-depth scholarly activity that lays the foundation for a career in academic medicine.  Fellows have broad opportunities to pursue a research project in basic science, clinical, or translational with a faculty mentor located either in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (one of the nation’s ten largest free-standing pediatric research centers) or on the campus of The Ohio State College of Medicine (including the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute).

Additional research opportunities include:

NICHD Neonatal Network- Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of 18 sites that participate in the network and clinical trials are always ongoing. The network has been internationally recognized for findings that have led to significant advances in neonatal patient care.

Vermont Oxford Network- Nationwide Children’s Hospital is actively involved in the Vermont Oxford Network database. This network is active in measuring comparative clinical outcomes and collecting data on all neonates weighing less than 1,500 grams at birth at many institutions throughout the world.

Ohio Perinatal Research Network- The division of neonatology runs the Ohio Perinatal Research Network. Through this network data and biospecimens are collected on patients less than 1500 grams for research study and analysis.

It is understood that fellows entering the program may have different levels of research experience; therefore, all fellows are given a structured timeline and support from the research subcommittee* to ensure success.

Timeline for Neonatal Fellow Research

Pre-arrival

  • Identify clinical and research interests of the incoming fellow (questionnaire).

  • Determine research experience/aptitude of incoming fellow (questionnaire).

  • Fellowship research subcommittee will identify potential mentors for incoming fellow.

Year 1

  • July:

    • Introduce fellow to potential mentors during orientation.

  • August-October:

    • One-on-one discussions with potential mentors.

    • Selection of research mentor.

    • Formation of SOC (to meet twice yearly throughout fellowship).

  • November-December:

    • 1st SOC meeting

  • January-April:

    • Create basic hypothesis for research project.

    • Begin to conduct studies in laboratory of research mentor.

  • April-June:

    • Submit abstract for Midwest Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting.

    • Present background & hypothesis to Division of Neonatology (15 minute presentation).

    • 2nd SOC meeting (June)

Year 2

  • July-December:

    • Conduct studies in laboratory of research mentor.

    • Attend Midwest Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting

    • Submit abstract to Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) Annual Meeting.

    • 3rd SOC meeting (December)

  • January-June:

    • Conduct studies in laboratory of research mentor.

    • Serve as judge at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at Ohio State University.

    • Submit abstract and present data at OSU Wexner Medical Center Annual Research Day.

    • Attend PAS Annual Meeting and fellow pre-meeting workshop.

    • Present background, hypothesis, and data to Division of Neonatology (15 minute presentation).

    • 4th SOC meeting (June)

Year 3 

  • July-December:

    • Complete studies in laboratory of research mentor.

    • Submit abstract to PAS and/or discipline-specific scientific meeting.

    • 5rd SOC meeting (December)

  • January-June:

    • Conduct studies in laboratory of research mentor.

    • Serve as judge at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at Ohio State University.

    • Submit abstract and present data at OSU Wexner Medical Center Annual Research Day.

    • Attend PAS and /or discipline-specific scientific meeting.

    • Present completed research project at neonatal works-in-progress seminar* (30 minute presentation).

    • 6th SOC meeting (June) to sign off on completed research project 

During the 3 years of fellowship all fellows will complete Responsible Conduct of Research on-line training.

Responsibilities of Research Subcommittee

  1. Facilitate placement of fellow into laboratory of appropriate and suitable mentor.

  2. Oversee formation of SOC (one research subcommittee member will serve on SOC for each fellow).

  3. Mediate any disputes between mentor and mentee and facilitate identification of new mentor (if applicable).

  4. Facilitate identification of new suitable mentor should fellow’s initial mentor leave the institution.

  5. Report progress of each fellow to Fellowship committee.

  6. Oversee creation and maintenance of neonatal works-in-progress seminar(s).

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