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Neonatal care at UNC Children'sFellows in the Newborn Critical Care Center will fulfill the clinical role of consultant or “junior attending,” with a level of responsibility between the attending physician and the senior resident. It is expected that the fellow will be intimately familiar with all infants admitted to the Newborn Critical Care Center and their care plans while on service. The fellow will become involved as a teacher and supervisor and will contribute to the care of high-risk infants without usurping the responsibilities of the pediatric house staff. UNC’s pediatric residents are responsible for direct patient care (i.e., writing orders, performing routine procedures, updating the families of patients, etc.) within the Department of Pediatrics. It is assumed that fellows in neonatal-perinatal medicine will have already had this kind of experience, and the fellowship program will not attempt to duplicate it.

In addition to clinical training in the Newborn Critical Care Center, fellows have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills through a number of electives, including

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine (including prenatal ultrasound, genetic counseling)
  • Rex Special Care Nursery
  • Complex Care Elective
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • ECMO (in conjunction with the UNC PICU)
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Transport

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