Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Fellow Lecture Series

The Department of Pediatrics at UTHSCSA has developed a didactic lecture series to cover the required core curriculum materials. Topics covered in the lecture series include: teaching skills, delivering difficult news, professionalism, medical ethics, sleep and fatigue, cultural diversity, quality improvement, clinical research, statistics, and personal statement and CV writing workshops. The lectures are required for all Pediatric subspecialty fellows and are given throughout the 3 years of fellowship.

PGMEC Training Seminars for First Year Fellows
All first year fellows are required to attend the Fellow Orientation Lectures provided by UTHSCSA, usually scheduled during the first week in September. Fellows will be excused from clinical duties to attend these lectures. The goal of this orientation week is to provide a forum for all of the fellows in the Department of Pediatrics to receive uniform information about the scholarly oversight process and participate in a core set of didactics required by the ACGME.

The topics covered in the orientation week include:

  • American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification
  • Orientation to Scholarly Activity
  • Career Development
  • Overview of Laboratory Research and Finding a Mentor
  • Teaching Skills
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Delivering Difficult News
  • Professionalism and Medical Ethics

Online Learning (self study)
In the first 6 months of training fellows are required to complete Sleep and Fatigue Module on Blackboard as well as Cultural Diversity: Cross Cultural Health Care—Case Studies online. The Program Coordinator tracks completion of these modules.

Introduction to Clinical Investigation (ICI) Course
In the spring, first year fellows are also required to attend the ICI Course sponsored by UTHSCSA, unless enrolled in the MSCI course. First year fellows will be excused from clinical activities to attend the course, which is usually held the first two weeks in February. The topics of the ICI Course are mentoring, clinical research design, statistical methods in clinical research, institutional review board/human subjects research, informed consent, literature reviews and searching the medical literature, writing skills, data collection and management.

Continuous Quality Improvement Lecture
Second-year fellows participate in a 2-hour didactic on continuous quality improvement, usually offered in mid-September. The didactic provides fellows with a foundation in understanding CQI to aid in the development of their own quality improvement projects.

Health Care Economics and Practice Management
During the spring of second year, a one-day seminar is given introducing fellows to health care economics and practice management. The topics in this seminar are practice management, contracts, financial planning, billing and coding, and health care economics and management