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Perinatal-Neonatal Fellowship

Introduction

The Division of Neonatology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital offers a fully-accredited three-year fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine aimed at training academically-oriented neonatologists who are comfortable managing a wide array of clinical conditions and aspire to be future leaders in the field of neonatology.   The NICU admits approximately 800 high-risk patients per year, giving our fellows exposure to a large volume of clinical cases including infants with rare surgical conditions, genetic disorders, and prematurity.

As the regional perinatal center for the counties of the Lower Hudson Valley --  a region with over 23,000 annual births -- our NICU is the only unit in the area offering head cooling for patients with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, all facets of mechanical ventilation including high frequency jet ventilation, oscillation, volume/pressure controlled ventilation, patient triggered ventilation, bronchotron, Bipap/ Sipap as well as helicopter/ ground transport and a host of other cutting-edge technologies.  Training at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital will prepare you for every aspect of a clinical or academic career in neonatology.

The fellowship is directed by Dr. Edmund La Gamma, MD FAAP, a well-recognized, academic neonatologist with over 35 years of experience whose research interests include thyroid hormone regulation in preterm infants, mechanisms of hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure and prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis.

Boriana Parvez, MD FAAP, former division head of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a leader in the use and distribution of donor human milk for preterm infants, serves as the Associate Fellowship Director.

Drs. La Gamma and Parvez ensure all fellows receive clinical and research mentoring tailored to their ultimate career goals.  The fellowship participates in the national matching program for neonatology ACGME PROGRAM ID# 3293521077.

The program accepts 4-5 fellows per academic year, at 13 total, making it the second-largest in the nation.  Competition for spots is competitive.  The IDEAL applicant has excelled in his/her residency, participated in medical research resulting in either publications or presentations at national meetings and is a highly-motivated independent learner.  Our Neonatal-Perinatal Board passage rate is 96% since 1999 (45/46 trainees).  Applications from J-1 and H1-B Visa holders will be considered.

We provide a thorough two-month orientation at the onset of the first year to properly acquaint incoming fellows with the practical tools and specialty knowledge they will need to feel comfortable and confident as they begin the next phase of their career as a NICU Fellow.

If you have further questions about the fellowship program at MARIA FARERI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL- NEW YORK MEDICAL COLLEGE, please contact the Division of Neonatology at (914) 493-8558. 

FELLOWSHIP STRUCTURE

The first year is more heavily weighted toward clinical experience in the NICU.  There are three clinical teams which provide ample learning opportunities.  The RED TEAM includes residents and a fellow, supervised by a senior attending physician.  The GREEN TEAM is led by a senior attending physician, assisted by a neonatal fellow and nurse practitioners.  The GOLD TEAM focuses on convalescent care and transition to home and is primarily fellow-driven, with an attending physician available for rounding and consultation. 

FIRST YEAR

Fellows spend six months on service in the NICU as part of a team caring for 20-25 patients on these respective teams.  Fellows also rotate through the Level I service at Phelps Hospital to provide a dramatic contrast in community hospital neonatal medicine along with our attending staff.  Fellows provide a month of cross coverage for post-call fellows during which they also gain exposure to the outpatient High Risk Infant Developmental Clinic.  The remainder of the year is devoted to research.

A Schematic Diagram of the Fellowship:

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The fellowship’s second year increases the time spent in research to six months, with three NICU service months, one month at Phelps Hospital and another in cross coverage.  Fellows participate in all aspects of the NICU’s program to improve quality in healthcare delivery. 

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THIRD YEAR

The third year builds upon skills and experience learned in the first two years of fellowship and includes two months of clinical service, seven months of research, a month at Phelps Hospital and a final month of cross coverage. 

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Research

As a university-based academic medical center, the division’s senior physicians have many basic science and clinical research interests.  Basic science research focuses on single nucleotide polymorphisms, stem cell biology, hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure, the pathogenesis of intraventricular hemorrhage, nutrition and population health.  Fellows have also collaborated with post-doctoral students, medical students, master’s students and technicians in the laboratory. 

Clinical research programs include participation in several national multicenter trials, and studies related to data obtained at the Regional Perinatal Center Database.

Highly-motivated fellows may design a specific research project based on their interests in conjunction with an appropriate faculty mentor.

Research Responsibilities

The fellowship strictly adheres to the ACGME guidelines for participation in fellowship scholarly activity.  Within 6 months of beginning fellowship, fellows are expected to identify a mentor for scholarly activity and a potential research subject area and plan to design over the next 6 months.  Fellows are responsible to their personal Scholarly Oversight Committee (SOC) to report on research progress, at least every 6 months throughout the three-year fellowship period.  Fellows are encouraged to submit their work for peer-reviewed, national meetings and a draft of a scholarly manuscript is mandated by the end of fellowship.  Past Fellows have received Travel Awards to attend the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research and the Pediatric Academic Societies National Meetings. 

Academics

Throughout their three years, fellows participate in different conferences aimed at increasing their ability to manage neonatal cases, effectively read and interpret the medical literature, improve their skills at understanding controversial topics in neonatal care, and navigate ethical issues in neonatology.  At these conferences fellows present a talk mentored by an attending physician.

Weekly physiology-based case conferences cover topics in respiratory and cardiac physiology as well as genetics, endocrinology, infectious disease, and many other topics.  These lectures serve to increase the trainees’ fund of knowledge and also provide assistance for passing the board examination. 

Fellows also attend conferences which improve their knowledge of statistics, and obtain practical exposure to the administrative aspects of neonatal care in monthly joint practice and quality assurance conferences.  A joint perinatal medicine conference with Obstetrics occurs weekly.

Academic Schedule for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows*

Clinical Schedule for Inpatient Rotations*

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 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-round and Sign out

 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-round and Sign out

 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Attending Rounds and Patient Care 

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

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RECENT FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI

IMMEDIATE POST-GRADUATE APPOINTMENTS OF THE MARIA FARERI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEONATOLOGY FELLOWHIP PROGRAM

FELLOW

YEAR GRADUATED

POSTION

Meenakshi Singh

2016

Assistant Professor, Penn State School of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Abigael Maxwell

2016

Private Practice, Locum Tenens

Lyndsey Garbi

2016

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hofstra University School of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital

J. Lena Kim

2016

Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, CA

 

Alexander Feldman

2015

Assistant Professor,
Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine,
Newark, NJ

Usama Younis

2015

Trinity Medical Center,
Fort Dodge, IA

Brian DeBenedictis

2015

Private Practice, Locum Tenens

 

Sri Narayana

2014

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Clinton, MI

Anita Mohan

2014

Assistant Professor,
Metropolitan Medical Center
New York, NY

Arslan Ashad

2014

Sandford Medical Center
Bismarck, ND

Jenda Arawiran

2014

Texas Tech University Health Center,
Amarillo, TX

 

Umesh Paudel

2013

Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Assistant Professor  at New York Medical College

Irina Kaminyar

2013

Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, NY

Uduak Akpan

2013

Assistant Professor,
Vibrant Medical Center,
North Carolina

 

Joanathan Mintzer

2012

Assistant Professor,
State University of New York @ Stony Brook,
Stony Brook, NY

Sabrina Malik

2012

Hackensack University Medical Center, Neonatologist
Hackensack, NJ

Sharon Schell

2012

Mercy Medical Center,
Neonatologist, Toledo, OH

Narendra Dereddy

2012

Assistant Professor,
University of Tennessee, Nashville, TN

 

Jonathan Blau

2011

Assistant Professor,
Staten Island University Hospital-Director of Neonatology

Divya Chhabra

2011

Assistant Professor,
University of California,
San Diego

Kiran Dwarakanath

2011

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

Necla Kirtok

2011

Assistant Professor,
New York Medical College-Basic Science Research,
Valhalla, NY

Venkata Majjiga

2011

Assistant Professor,
SIU School of Medicine, St. John's Children’s Hospital,
Springfield, IL

Raja Senguttuvan

2011

Assistant Professor,
Tufts University Medical Center-Neonatal Follow-Up Program

 

Vadim Bronshtein

2010

Assistant Professor at State University of New York
Brooklyn, NY

Johanna Calo

2010

Assistant Professor,
University of New York
Brooklyn, NY

Krishna Dummula

2010

Assistant Professor,
University of Kansas Medical Center-Clinical Neonatologist
Kansas City, KS

Dumitru Turcanu

2010

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
Plainsboro, NJ

 

 

 

Portia Groening

2009

Assistant Professor at New York Medical College-Clinical Research,
Valhalla, NY

Caroline Chua

2009

Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, FL

 

Joie Fisher

2008

Reading Hospital and Medical Center
West Reading, PA

Hima Maramreddy

2008

Pediatrix Medical Group

Sulaiman Sannoh

2008

Lehigh Valley medical Center
Lehigh, PA

Xinmei Li

2008

Assistant Professor,
Cornell University School of Medicine,
New York Hospital, Queens,
Valhalla, NY

Amrita Nayak

2008

Assistant Professor,
State University of New York
Winthrop University Hospital-Mineola, NY

Jessica Kalia

2008

Pediatrix Medical Group

 

Vanessa Mercado

2007

Phelps Memorial Hospital-Assistant Professor at New York Medical College-Education & Administration,
Valhalla, NY

Tania Mangones

2007

Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

Aryeh Simmonds

2007

Sanz Medical Center- Kiryat Sanz, Netanya, Israel

Reeja Vembenil

2007

Assistant Professor at New York Medical College,
Valhalla, NY

Antoni D'Souza

2007

Assistant Professor at State University of New York,
Brooklyn, NY

Vicky Georgiadis

2007

Baylor University Medical Center,
Dallas, TX

 

Mana Dejhalla

2006

Mercy Medical Center,
Rockville Center, NY

Nadine El-Khoury

2006

Assistant Professor, State University of New York,
Brooklyn, NY

 

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