The Pediatric Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic is intended to prepare you for an independent and productive career as a clinician-scientist. To help you achieve your goals, our faculty members are committed to supporting your pursuits in any area of academic interest to you. Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive range of research opportunities for its fellows, including studies in basic or translational science, clinical medicine and medical education. The possibilities are limitless. Early in your fellowship, our faculty works with you to identify an appropriate mentor for your research experience here, one whose interests and mentoring record give you the best chance for success.
Each fellow enrolls in the required research courses offered by Mayo Graduate School. This fulfills the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty requirement for research curriculum. Typical course work begins with an introduction to clinical research and statistics and includes a course in aspects of research in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. These courses aid in the development of a scholarly approach to patient care.
Participation in professional activities affords the fellow opportunities to present work/research done at Mayo while also providing a broader knowledge base and the opportunity to enhance an individual's reputation. A maximum of 10 presentation weekdays are supported in addition to travel expenses per Mayo guidelines. In addition, an attendance trip is available to the fellow for a recognized society meeting, elective course or workshop with Category 1 CME credit. This is limited to five consecutive days.
Your research activities and the above training qualify you to sit for the Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine subspecialty certification examination. The Scholarship Oversight Committee monitors your research progress, and a mentor is provided.
- Core 6000: Responsible Conduct of Research. This is generally held in the late afternoon on a weekly basis in the late summer and fall. This is a first-year requirement if the schedule permits. Otherwise, it is taken early in the second year of training.
- CTSC 5000: Introduction to Clinical Research. This one-credit master's course is held in the summer. It usually is held 2-3 days a week from noon-1 p.m. This year, it is an online course. This is a first-year requirement, schedule permitting (required attendance).
- CTSC 5240: Practical Aspects of Research with Pediatric and Adolescent Subjects. This course is directed by our chair of pediatrics, Robert M. Jacobson, M.D. This course is generally held January-March (required attendance).
There are additional resources available through Mayo Clinic to help you build a foundation of research knowledge.