Administratively, the goal of the program is to provide the fellow with organizational skills and the knowledge of how to set up and operate a NICU on a daily basis in regard to education, problem-solving, quality, regionalization and perinatal statistics, outreach programs, insurance, and billing. The fellow is a member of the multidisciplinary neonatal education committee for scheduling neonatal conferences and helping in selection of cases, topics and speakers. The fellow attends all multidisciplinary neonatal conferences (high-risk obstetrics, patient management, perinatal mortality/morbidity, pediatric grand rounds, neonatal neurology, neuropathology, ethics, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and developmental conferences). The fellow schedules patient management conferences with all the neonatologists which deal with basic science, pathophysiology, research and journal review. The fellow attends monthly nursery organizational meetings (when off service). The fellow participates in equipment/technique evaluation, researches neonatal care protocols (e.g. drug dosage guidelines) and helps to revise neonatal handouts for residents.
The fellow is the liaison between the UMass Memorial Health Care - UMass Campus and the Memorial perinatal center regarding readmission of NICU graduates. The fellow participates in the regional perinatal outreach program during the third year (neonatologist, perinatologist, neonatal nurse clinician and perinatal nurse specialist) by presenting data, discussing cases and presenting a perinatal topic to community hospital physicians and nursing. The fellow also has a session on financing/billing in Neonatology. The fellow works with Dr. Weisberger on regional perinatal statistics and performs neonatal quality assurance review (pneumothorax, NEC, low apgars, seizures, etc.) during the Continuing Care Nursery month rotation.