Schedules will be individualized with particular attention to the needs of each fellow and the availability of institutional resources, but will in all cases meet the requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics. In general, fellows are on clinical service for a total of 50 weeks over three years and are assigned in-house call an average of 50 days per year.
Year 1: The first year will be fairly uniform for fellows with an emphasis on basic clinical neonatology. Four to six months of these 12 are typically spent in clinical care. Fellows will be expected to initiate a research/scholarly project within the first year.
Year 2: The second year will be individualized with less emphasis on clinical neonatology and more emphasis on scholarly activities. The fellow will be expected to make significant progress on his/her chosen scholarly project and may take advantage of increased teaching opportunities. Fellows interested in clinical/epidemiology research may have the opportunity to take this year to complete an MPH at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Year 3: The fellow’s third year will be completely customized to his/her specific goals and will additionally include one month as acting attending in the NICU.
A sample daily schedule in the NICU
7:00 Sign Out / Pre-round
7:50 Board Rounds / Unit “Huddle”
8:00 Lecture for NCCC Housestaff / Grand Rounds (Thursday)
8:30 NICU Radiology Rounds
8:45 Work Rounds
11:00 Patient Care Activities
12:00 (WEDNESDAYS) Fellow’s Conference (journal club, pathophysiology, board review)
2:30 (WEDNESDAYS) Division Meeting (research, administrative issues, M&M)
4:00 Sign out to night fellow
4:15 (MONDAYS) Center for Maternal and Infant Health multidisciplinary conference