Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship
Scholarly Activity

Fellows choose their scholarly focus and type of scholarship (e.g. neonatal neuroscience, global health, clinical research, ethics, public health, education, etc.) early in their first year. To choose an area of scholarship, fellows spend their non-clinical time meeting with the fellowship program's Research Director and with selected division and non-division faculty members to discuss potential projects. By October, fellows should have identified their scholarly focus and mentor(s). This will determine the composition of their Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) and will shape the content and direction of their 2nd and 3rd years of training. Scholarly activity generally includes the formation of a hypothesis-driven research question, planning and execution of the project including IRB or IACUC submission as appropriate, data analysis, and publication of the work. During their research time, fellows learn to critically evaluate the relevant literature and can take relevant coursework, including biostatistics. For fellows choosing a basic science or clinical research focus, grant preparation will be emphasized in the 2nd and 3rd year so that funding is likely to be available for an optional 4th year.