Neonatal Fellowship Program

Overview

The Neonatal Fellowship at the University of Louisville is a three-year ACGME accredited program divided into clinical service rotations and research. Clinical service rotations are split between Norton Children’s Hospital level IV NICU and the University of Louisville Hospital level III NICU. Fellows have the opportunity to see patients in the Neonatal High-Risk Follow-Up outpatient clinic in the state-of-the-art Novak Center for Children's Health, and they also accompany the "Just for Kids" Transport Team during the transport of critically ill infants.

Time is dedicated to clinical and laboratory research and outcomes research.  Fellows in the Neonatal Fellowship Program will use this time for reading, independent study in the sub-specialty area, and preparing for lectures and teaching. The Neonatal Fellowship's link to basic sciences is considered a crucial and mandatory element of training.

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

NeoCCAN* Fellowship Curriculum Series

Q1 (July-Sept)Q2 (Oct-Dec)Q3 (Jan-March)Q4 (April-June)
Core Neo KnowledgeEvery TuesdayEvery TuesdayEvery TuesdayEvery Tuesday
Jul - Heme-Onc/BiliOct - CardiologyJan - Nutrition/RenalApril - Maternal Fetal Medicine
Aug - RespiratoryNov - EndocrineFeb - ID/ImmunologyMay - Genetics/Dermatology
Sept - NeuroDec - ENT/OphthamologyMarch - GI/Pharm BasicsJune - IEM/Thermo
Research Training Series- IRB Writing- Statistics/Epidemiology- How to write your paper (3-part series)- Research Collaboration
- How to write an Abstract- End Note

QI & Safety Curriculum

(Monthly Lecture Series/3-year cycle - See chart below)

Evidence Based Medicine2 Fellow Journal Clubs per Quarter2 Fellow Journal Clubs per Quarter2 Fellow Journal Clubs per Quarter2 Fellow Journal Clubs per Quarter

Joint UK/UL Fellows Conferences


NeoPEP (Professional Enhancement Program) Series
(3-year cycle)

Ethics in Neonatal Medicine
(3-year cycle)

Intro to BioEthics
(Quarterly lecture)

NICU surrogate decision-making
Genetic testing & Neo Research
End of life decision-making
(Quarterly lecture)

Peri/Previability
Bioethics & Law
Palliative Care
(Quarterly lecture)

3rd year fellow case presentations

Advocacy Training Series
(Quarterly lecture)

Wellness Workshops
(Quarterly)

- Identifying/Addressing Burnout
- Well-being Promotion

- Emotion & Psychological Distress
- Depression & Suicide

- Physical Wellness
- Substance Abuse Disorders

- Coping with Tragedy & Stress Management

Safety Seminars
Monthly M&M
1st Year joint Morbidity, 2nd Year Morbidity, 3rd Year Root Cause Analysis

NeoCORE Wednesday Conference
(Clinical Care, Outreach & Advocacy, Research & QI, Education)
Monthly - Guest Speakers, Neonatal Faculty

Multi-Disciplinary Conferences
Monthly (1st Friday 7 am) - CV
Pediatric Grand Rounds (Friday 8 am)
Resident Case Conf (Thursday 12 pm)

MFM-NICU Conference
UofL OB/NICU fellow case discussion (6-8 per year)

NCH Teaching Rounds
Monday-Friday NCH Daily Teaching Rounds
(Neurology, Pediatric Surgery, Cardiovascular)

Dr. David Adamkin NAN Lecture Series
(Neonatal Advanced Nutrition) Quarterly

ECMO Training Series
New Fellow Simulations, Fall Conference with PICU, Peds Surgery, and NICU

*NeoCCAN (Core knowledge and Clinical Applications of Neonatology
QI and Safety Curriculum
Cycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3
JulyQI & Safety Orientation and Error Prevention Training-Reaching for ZeroQI & Safety Orientation and Error Prevention Training-Reaching for ZeroQI & Safety Orientation and Error Prevention Training-Reaching for  Zero
AugustS1:  Root Cause Analysis, Assessing FailuresS2:  Cognitive Bias and Medical Decision-MakingS3:  Patient Safety and Just Culture

 

Sept-Oct

S1:  High Reliability in Healthcare

CS1:  Disclosing Errors (Patient Sim)
NCH High-Risk/KMRRRG

S2:  Human Factors EngineeringS1:  Root Cause Analysis, Assessing Failures
NovPutting it all together for safetyPutting it all together for safetyPutting it all together for safety

 

Dec

QI and Research/QI Journal Club

QI Team, Intro to model for improvement, AIMS, and Measures

QI and Research/QI Journal Club

QI Team, Intro to model for improvement, AIMS, and Measures

QI and Research/QI Journal Club

QI Team, Intro to model for improvement, AIMS, and Measures

JanKey Driver Diagrams and Change ConceptsKey Driver Diagrams and Change ConceptsKey Driver Diagrams and Change Concepts
FebPDSA Cycles and LearningPDSA Cycles and LearningPDSA Cycles and Learning
MarchRun Charts and VariationRun Charts and VariationRun Charts and Variation
AprPsychology of ChangePsychology of ChangePsychology of Change
MayImplementation Spread and SustainabilityImplementation Spread and SustainabilityImplementation Spread and Sustainability
JunThe Business Case for QIThe Business Case for QIThe Business Case for QI

NeoPEP Conference Series (Professional Enrichment Program)

Q1 (Jul-Sept)Q2 (Oct-Dec)Q3 (Jan-March)Q4 (April-June)
Cycle 1Professional Development Part 1Clinician Teacher Part 1Guest Panel Discussion (Topic TBD)Billing/Coding
Cycle 2Professional Development Part 2Business in MedicineJob Search/InterviewingMedical Legal
Cycle 3Work-Life BalanceGuest Panel DiscussionClinician Teacher Part 2Communication in Medicine
Year 1MonthsLocation
Orientation
(first two weeks of fellowship)
0.5Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
NICU6Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research5University of Louisville
Novak Clinic

1 week

Novak Outpatient Follow-up Clinic/Louisville
Outreach Clinic

x1/year

Bowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah
Transport Rotation

2 weeks

Norton Children's Hospital
Vacation1
Year 2MonthsLocation
NICU5Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research6University of Louisville
Outreach Clinic

2 times/year

Bowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah
Vacation1
Year 3Months Location
NICU4Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research7University of Louisville
NICU Private Practice2 weeksNorton Women's and Children's Hospital
Outreach Clinic2 times/yearBowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah
Vacation1

Research Requirement

In addition to the time spent participating in guided research during the clinic rotation, fellows have several months devoted to research alone.  Fellows are encouraged to identify areas of research interest early in the program and to establish mentors.  It is our expectation that all fellows will have submitted a publication by the time they graduate.

Current Fellows


Diane Buckley, MD - PGY 5
Undergrad:  University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
Residency:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Rebecca Decker, DO - PGY 6
Undergrad: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Medical School: Kansas City Univeristy of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Residency: The Children's Hospital at Palms West, Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, Loxahatchee, FL


Jessica Ford, DO - PGY 4
Undergrad: Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Kentucky
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, Kentucky
Residency: Ascension St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana

John "Natt" Juneau, DO - PGY 4
Undergrad: Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic - Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

Daniel Kahn, MD - PGY 5
Undergrad: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Carrie Moore, MD - PGY 5
Undergrad: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency: West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Medical School: West Virginia School of Medicine, Charleston, WV

Julia Springate Spalding, MD - PGY 4
Undergrad: Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

John Stack, MD - PGY 6
Undergrad: Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas



Past Fellows

2021

Amanda Barton, MD - Alaska Neonatology Associates, Inc, Anchorage Alaska
Jennifer Gibson, MD - Pediatrix Medical Group of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

2020

Amanda Farris, MD - University of Louisville School of Medicine / Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY
Emily Miller, MD - University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Jordan Simpson, DO - Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho

2019

Abhinav Pal, MD - Pediatrix Medical Group, Topeka, Kansas
Natalie Pettit, MD - Baptist Health Lexington-Pediatrix Medical Group, Lexington, KY.
Monika Rydzewska, MD - Neonatal Associates, Crozer-Keystone Health Systems, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Division of Neonatology, Upland, PA

2018 

Cynthia Crabtree, DO – University of Louisville School of Medicine / Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY 
Rahul Oberoi, MD – Freeman Health System, Joplin, MO 
 

2017 

Catherine Alexander, MD – East Memphis Neonatology Associates, Memphis, TN 
 

2016 

Matt Arnold, MD – Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI 
Shamaila Gill, MD – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 
Ryan Smith, MD – University of Louisville School of Medicine / Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY 
 

Fellowship Program Leadership

Lori Devlin, DO, MHA, Program Director
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
lori.devlinphinney@louisville.edu

 

 

 


For information about the Neonatal Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, please contact the Neonatal Program Coordinator:

Denise Abels, Neonatal Program Coordinator
denise.abels@louisville.edu
502-852-8483