In the first year, fellows take a course on ethics of human research, identify an area of interest for research and find a preceptor with whom they develop a research project to be completed over the next two years, with additional guidance from a Scholarship Oversight Committee. Fellows must attend and present at national meetings, and submit original work for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Various clinical and basic science research opportunities are available to fellows. Current expertise within the division is strongest in clinical research, perinatal epidemiology, quality improvement, outcomes research and clinical bioethics. Our research interests focus primarily on surfactant therapy, prevention of infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, hypothermia treatment for HIE, HIE biomarkers, cue-based feeding, PDA management, procedural safety, and informed consent. In addition, basic research training is available under the supervision of investigators in basic science disciplines at the Albany Medical College. Other basic research opportunities stem from our close proximity to the major research facility of the New York State Department of Health. There are ongoing quality improvement projects in infection prevention, intubation safety, unplanned extubation, safe alarm management, reduction in BPD and ROP, feeding and growth optimization, prevention of hypothermia during DR stabilization, and neonatal narcotic abstinence management. The NICU is a member of the Vermont Oxford Network and the New York Statewide Perinatal Data System.
Alternative tracks in scholarly activities are available through the Master's Program in Clinical Bioethics at Albany Medical Center (with free tuition for fellows), or the Master's of Public Health program at the University at Albany School of Public Health.
Please see the Faculty page for links to representative publications.