Neonatology : Neonatology Fellowship

Neonatology Fellowship

MESSAGE FROM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DIRECTOR


I am proud to introduce and provide you with information on our Neonatal Fellowship Program at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which has been in existence for almost 50 years. Because of the reputation of our division and educational opportunities, we are able to attract the most qualified and accomplished fellows from the US and around the world. Our program has trained over 120 fellows who now serve as program directors, division chiefs, academic and clinical neonatologists in the US and in countries around the world.

The general aim of the fellowship program is to provide well-balanced neonatal/perinatal training which will result in a combination of excellence in patient care skills, strong medical knowledge, proficiency in teaching, good interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism. Of great importance, on completion of training, fellows will be competent in performing basic or clinical research and advancing knowledge in the field. The ultimate goal of the training program is to prepare neonatologists who can succeed in an academic career or become role models and leaders in clinical neonatology.


CLINICAL EXPERIENCE DURING FELLOWSHIP


The inpatient clinical experience is obtained through neonatal services at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Health System.

* Jackson Memorial Hospital has a very active delivery service with a large proportion of high risk infants, cared for in a 126-bed, state-of-the-art internationally recognized level IV NICU facility
* Under the supervision of the neonatal faculty, the neonatal fellows develop expertise in the care of infants in the Neonatal ICU, including ECMO, pre-operative cardiac care, pre- and post-operative surgical management and the performance of the most complex procedures required by these patients
* While in the NICU rotation, the fellows make daily rounds with the neonatal attendings, pediatric housestaff, neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal clinical pharmacists. Fellows develop proficiency in teaching by participating in house staff and medical student education.
* Additional inpatient experience at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center involves rotations through the Obstetrical-Perinatal Service and perinatal consultation on high risk pregnancies
* Jackson North Medical Center provides additional clinical experience with its active delivery service and level I and II neonatal services. During this rotation fellows are exposed to a community hospital environment, learning to function more independently in a level II NICU setting.
* Outpatient clinical experience is obtained through involvement in the High Risk Developmental Follow-up Clinic.
* Because of the geographical location and reputation, the program attracts local and international neonatal transports that enable fellows to gain experience with transport of critically ill neonates.


EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES


The neonatal fellowship program provides extensive didactic and participatory teaching experiences which take place on a daily basis. Examples of fellowship educational experiences are listed below. Fellows attend lectures and conferences as well as present at grand rounds, case management conferences, journal clubs and morbidity and mortality conferences and research conferences.

The weekly conference schedule includes:
* Cardiology/CT surgery conference
* Morbidity and mortality conference
* Radiology conference (when on clinical rotation)
* Journal clubs
* Research Updates
* Pediatric grand rounds (neonatology presenting every other month)
* Fellows’ core neonatal lecture series (alternating with board review)
* Case Management conference

Other educational experiences involve:
* Neonatal resuscitation simulation laboratory experience
* NALS provider training
* Fellow initiating and/or participating in on-going or new quality improvement (QI) activities
* Visiting professor lecture series
* Opportunity for fellows to attend the annual International Neonatology Conference featuring world renown speakers, >1000 attendees from >50 countries and sponsored by the University of Miami



RESEARCH

Involvement in perinatal/neonatal clinical and translational/basic research is one of the most important activities of the fellowship program. It is a core requirement for completing the training successfully, and for obtaining appointments in academic institutions. Fellows learn the fundamentals of neonatal research including formulating a hypothesis, setting up a research project, conducting clinical or basic science studies, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting at scientific meetings and publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows’ research is performed under the close supervision and mentoring of one of the neonatal attendings or UM collaborators.

Research interests within the division include:

* Neonatal resuscitation and delivery room care
* Control of breathing, pulmonary mechanics, respiratory support and physiology
* Long term follow-up, growth and development
* Effects of maternal drug abuse on infants, perinatal infections
* Mechanistic pathways of normal and abnormal lung development, lung injury, BPD
* Perinatal epidemiology, nutrition,
* Pulmonary hypertension, mesenchymal stem cells


CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Eligibility

* M.D. (or D.O.) degree from accredited medical school
* Complete Pediatric Residency-US accredited training program
* USMLE certification
* ECFMG certification for FMGs
* 3 letters of recommendation from program directors, supervisors

Selection criteria

* Complete application and documents
* Reputation of medical school/pediatric residency program
* Scores on qualifying examinations
* Previous neonatal experience and motivation for neonatology
* Research interests
* Letters of recommendation
* Motivation for applying to UM/JMH program

Application Process

* Applications are sent to ERAS
* Applications are reviewed and ranked by neonatal faculty
* Selected fellows are interviewed and ranked
* Fellow applicants and program submit rankings to the NRMP matching program



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Detailed information on the Neonatology Fellowship Program is available on the Jackson Health System website. Please click here.



Contact Information

Ilene R.S. Sosenko, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Training Program
Department of Pediatrics (R-131)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
PO Box 016960
Miami, Florida 33101
Phone: 305-585-6408
Fax: 305-545-6581
E-mail: "isosenko@miami.edu":mailto:isosenko@miami.edu



NEONATAL FACULTY


Eduardo Bancalari, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn; Director, Division of Neonatology
Medical School: University of Chile
Residency: Mackenna and El Salvador Hospital, University of Chile School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hospital M. Ferrer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Research Interest: respiratory support, respiratory failure, BPD



Emmalee Bandstra, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham University Hospital
Research Interest: Antenatal cocaine exposure, Zika infection



Charles Bauer, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn, Director Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Program
Medical School: West Virginia University
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Montreal Children’s Hospital
Research Interest: developmental follow-up



Merline Benny, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: T. D Medical College, Kerala, India
Residency: Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Fellowship: Women and Infants Hospital/ Brown University, Rhode Island
Research Interest: stem cells, cardiopulmonary diseases



Maria Buch, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: nutrition



Nelson Claure, MSc, PhD
Research Associate Professor/Director, Respiratory Physiology Laboratory
Florida International University, Miami, FL (MSc)
University of Miami, Miami, FL (PhD)
Research Interest: control of breathing, respiratory failure, lung injury, neonatal respiratory support



Teresa del Moral, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Granada
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: lactation, microbiome



Shahnaz Duara, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn, Director of Neonatal ICU
Medical School: Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Residency: Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St Louis University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interest: infection



Tania Fontanez, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Residency: NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
Fellowship: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Research Interest: quality improvement



Marta Grisel Galarza, MD, IBCLC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine
Residency: University of Florida
Fellowship: Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Research Interest: lactation



Deepak Jain, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: Vijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Maimonides Infants and Children Hospital
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: respiratory support of preterm infants



Safdar Khan, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
Fellowship: University of Kentucky, Lexington
Research Interest: PDA, cardiopulmonary physiology



Cristina Navarrete, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: growth, prediction of infection



Ilene Sosenko, MD
Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Fellowship Training Program; Associate Director for Clinical Development & Outreach; Medical Director, Newborn Services Jackson North Hospital
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency: Boston Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Joint Program in Neonatology/Harvard
Research Interest: PDA, BPD



Jose Tolosa, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Uruguay
Residency: Texas Tech University
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interest: nutrition, body composition, obesity



Maritza Torres, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico
Residency: Elmhurst Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Research Interest: quality improvement, nutrition



Shu Wu, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Director, Neonatal Developmental Biology Lab
Medical School: Bethune University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: lung development, injury, repairs, PH



Karen Young, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Associate Director, Neonatal Fellowship Program
Medical School: University of West Indies
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Research Interest: stem cells, PH, BPD



CURRENT FELLOWS



Anum Ali, MD
Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College
Residency: Case Western Reserve/MetroHealth
Research Interest: Mechanisms of lung and brain injury



Salma Asad, MD
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College
Residency: Brookdale University Hospital
Research Interest: Mechanisms of lung injury



Sunil Batlahally, MD
Medical School: J.S.S. Medical College
Residency: University of Miami
Research Interest: Mechanisms of lung injury and repair



Benjamin Courchia, MD
Medical School: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Residency: Mt. Sinai/Elmhurst
Research Interest: Neonatal neurology and neonatal developmental outcome



Andreas Damianos, MD
Medical School: University of Athens
Residency: Monmouth/Drexel University
Research Interest: Stem cells/neonatal cardiopulmonary diseases



Fredrick Dapaah-Siakwan, MD
Medical School: University of Ghana
Residency: Albert Einstein/Philadelphia
Research Interest: Hyperoxia-induced lung and brain injury
Honors/Awards: 2018 SPR Fellow Basic Science Award



Keyur Donda, MD
Medical School: B.J. Medical College
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Research Interest: Pulmonary hypertension and BPD
Honors/Awards: Invited to present his research at the 121st annual meeting of the Japan Pediatric Society (JPS)



Katherine Horan, MD
Medical School: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Residency: Tufts University/Bay State
Research Interest: Global neonatology, nutrition, perinatal infections



Waleed Kurtom, MD
Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: Eastern Virginia/Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Research Interest: Respiratory support and physiology