Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

What Makes Us Unique

National Recognition

Fellows work in a medical center that is nationally-recognized in patient care, research and education.

baby-holding-finger-72webOur NICU is ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Fellows are involved in the planning and design of the future NICU in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open in 2015. The hospital is steadily moving up the list of best children's hospitals and ranked nationally in four pediatric specialties—gastroenterology, neonatology, orthopaedics and neurology/neurosurgery.

The Division of Neonatology is one of 20 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network Centers in the United States. We continue our tradition of performing landmark research with an important impact on patient care. Past research includes the development of surfactant replacement and therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

The University of Rochester is one of 60 institutions in the nation recognized and supported by the NIH with funding to lead the emerging field of clinical and translational research. The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) promotes multidisciplinary and team-based research and the development of the next generation of translational researchers.

Professor Gloria Pryhuber, M.D. is the principal investigator of the Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP); the primary goal of the PROP studies (single center and multicenter protocols) is to identify biomarkers (biochemical, physiological and genetic) and clinical variables that are associated with and thus potentially predictive of pulmonary status in preterm infants up to 1 year corrected age.

The Department of Pediatrics has many experienced, established mentors in a wide range of subspecialties. The Division of Neonatology has nationally known NIH-funded research mentors who readily mentor fellows’ research projects. Additional research support for fellows’ projects is available through several T32 NIH training grants, other institutional grants and foundation grants.

Strong Faculty Mentorship

Fellows receive strong mentorship by faculty who are successful in their own careers while maintaining good work-life balance.

Achievements of our fellows through successful mentorship include the following:

  • Our fellows are recognized by the medical center for their excellence in family-centered patient care.
  • For the 2012-2013 academic year, 100% of our fellows’ scholarly research projects are grant-funded through NIH training grants, national foundations, a URMC dean’s fellowship, or the Strong Children’s Research Center.
  • After fellowship, our fellows’ diverse interests and career goals lead them to positions as clinical and academic leaders, such as medical directors of NICUs, neonatology division chiefs, pediatric department chairs and an NIH scientific program director.
  • All our board-eligible graduating fellows since 2008 have passed their boards in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on their first attempt!

Continuous Quality Improvement

Fellows play an integral role in ensuring that patient care is evidence-based. Fellows lead quality improvement projects that result in changes in patient care. 

Examples of fellow-led patient care changes include:

  • Implementation of a pulmonary bundle of evidence-based practices to reduce BPD
  • Implementation of a delivery room screening tool to assess infants born to diabetic mother for the potential need for IV dextrose and admission to the NICU
  • Optimization of nutrition for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants
  • Optimization of parental communication and understanding of the NICU experience

Diverse Educational Opportunities

Fellows work in an institution that has a well-established tradition of promoting interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration within the medical center and also across the various campuses (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, medical and nursing schools) of the University of Rochester and other local, regional and national educational institutions.

Fellows are actively involved in developing their own educational roadmap and participate in structured educational programs that utilize diverse teaching methods, including simulation-based learning.

Fellows’ unique interests and future career goals are fostered by engaging in scholarly activities through performing clinical or laboratory-based research and/or obtaining a master’s degree (Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Business Administration, Master of Medical Management and Master of Health Professions Education).

Within the Division of Neonatology, fellows learn from and collaborate with a diverse faculty group consisting of clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists. All faculty are committed to the education and successful development of our fellows. Faculty achievements include:

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Consistent clinical, translational and basic science research grant funding
  • Elected leadership positions of national organizations
  • Lifetime achievement awards
  • Mentoring and teaching awards

Fellows develop proficiency and confidence in providing excellent family-centered patient care to a diverse patient population from the 15 counties of the Finger Lakes Region in NY State. Our NICU is a level IV Regional Perinatal Center with extensive technical capabilities including ECMO and subspecialty support including pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric ENT, pediatric urology and pediatric neurosurgery.

Fellows have graduated, mentored autonomy in performing patient care. During their 2nd year, fellows are the “acting attendings” in a Level II Special Care Nursery at Rochester General Hospital. During their 3rd year, fellows are the acting attendings in the Level IV NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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Neonatology Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The Neonatology program at Golisano Children's Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report (2011-2012). Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for more than 1,100 babies a year.