Malinda N. Harris, M.D.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
In completing my residency at Mayo Clinic, I was able to see firsthand what a top-rate medical institution like Mayo Clinic is able to provide.
I saw that not only would I become well-versed with "bread and butter" neonatology, but I'd also gain experience with rare conditions that you'll see only at a tertiary referral center.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship unique?
I think that the flexibility provided to fellows in achieving personal career goals is what's most unique about this program. While there are a certain number of clinical months and such that must be completed, the consultants work closely with you to make sure that experiences vital to your individual career goals are met.
Can you tell us a little bit about your research?
My main research interests are in evaluating neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants and the use of hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
During my residency, I've been conducting a population-based birth cohort study to evaluate the incidence of learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both late-preterm and -postterm babies using the Rochester Epidemiology Project. I've had three platform presentations as a result of this and am now working on the manuscript.
I'm also evaluating the data from another project that was done this year. To evaluate change and standardization in practice, neonatal intensive care units across the country were surveyed about their use of hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
During my fellowship, I hope to continue with a project that will stem from one of these interests and obtain an advanced degree in order to better meet my future research goals.
What's it like living in Rochester, Minnesota?
It's a medium-sized town with friendly and welcoming people. We're located close to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, so the benefits of a larger city are easily accessible.
What does your future look like right now?
I'd like to work as an academic neonatologist after completing my fellowship, hopefully somewhere back in the South.