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 the freedom to pursue rigorous research in any field along the full range of scholarship and in accordance with American Board of Pediatrics requirements. A few examples of our fellows’ scholarly projects include: basic science investigations related to pulmonary hypertension, translational research on neonatal urinary tract infections, clinical research on perinatal stroke, medical education research in delivery room resuscitation, quality improvement research on the “Golden Hour” of neonatal resuscitation, and clinical/education research on counseling at periviability.

Our fellows benefit from mentorship and funding resources provided by the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Graduate Medical Education. We have expert, nationally funded mentors both within our division and across our institutions to support our fellows in their scholarly work. Our fellows all present at multiple national and regional research conferences such as the annual meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies, American Academy of Pediatrics, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, and many other specialty-specific conferences. Many of our fellows choose to pursue advanced degrees such as the Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research and Master of Bioethics and have been successful in competing for funding to cover the associated expenses.

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 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.

    • Learn foundational skills in chosen area of research, begin to conduct studies related to their own project.

  • 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 related to fellow’s project.

    • 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 related to fellow’s project.

    • 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 (45 minute presentation).

    • 4th SOC meeting (June)

Year 3

  • July-December:

    • Complete studies related to fellow’s project.

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

    • 5rd SOC meeting (December)

  • January-June:

    • Conduct studies related to fellow’s project.

    • 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 Academic Seminar (60 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 online training.