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 surfacant therapy, prevention of infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, hypothermia treatment for HIE, 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, 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.
Please see the Faculty page for links to representative publications.