During the second year of training, fellows refine skills acquired in the first year, teach in a variety of settings and enhance their leadership skills through a number of avenues.
Teaching opportunities are present in all three NICU settings, as core pediatric residents rotate through the NICUs. Teaching opportunities in each unit vary, giving fellows a chance to cover a wide range of subjects.
Second-year trainees learn to identify high-risk pregnancies and evaluate fetal well-being and maturation. They also have the opportunity to become skilled in the preoperative and postoperative management of infants requiring surgery.
In the second year, fellows have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and their salary by “moonlighting” – taking more than four calls per month in the NICU.
In addition to clinical time, second-year fellows spend half of their year on research, advancing their research skills and making progress on their chosen projects.
Schedule for second-year fellows:
- Five to six in-house calls per month
- Two to four transport calls per month (from home)
- 15-18 weeks’ NICU service; one week Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) service
- Research for the remainder of the time