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Schedule Overview


Fellows start with two weeks of orientation to orient new fellows to key research and clinical aspects of our program. A major goal during the first months is to assist new fellows in beginning the process of selecting an area of research, a mentor, and a research project. During this period, first-year fellows shadow senior fellows in the NICU and in their research laboratories. First-year fellows are encouraged to spend two or three one- to two-week blocks of time with funded investigators in finding one that is "a good fit."


Clinical Care

Clinical service time is completed in either our high acuity 13-bed NICU1 or in our lower acuity 36-bed and 15-bed NICU2s. During clinical months, fellows' call is one night a week. All clinical activities take place in one hospital, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.


Non-clinical time blocks are devoted primarily to research, but also include other training-related activities, e.g., fellows' core curriculum seminar, journal club, physiology review, lectures/seminars, etc. A primary goal in the second and third years is to provide several contiguous, uninterrupted blocks of research time. During research blocks, fellows average one call night per week.


Vacation is included in the 3 weeks per year of paid time off.


On Call Schedule

The fellows' night and weekend call schedule is prepared by the fellows with approval and oversight by our faculty. On call days average one in every six over the course of the year and are done in house.