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Fellowships

Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellowship  »

Overview

The UC Irvine Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, directed by Dr. Fayez Bany-Mohammed, is a fully accredited, university-based program with an affiliated children's hospital. Program fellows benefit from the abundant resources available for clinical and research endeavors by rotating at UC Irvine Medical Center, which offers the only high-risk combined maternal-neonatal clinical program in Orange County. Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach boasts the largest NICU in the West Coast.

We believe that better patient care comes about through high-quality medical education supported by clinical, biomedical and applied research excellence. Graduates of our fellowship are well-trained for successful careers in academic medicine as well as community-based Level III clinical neonatology.

Guidelines

UC Irvine’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program is based on the following guidelines and requirements:

  • Institutional requirements as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • The principles expressed by the Federation of Pediatric Organization (FOPO) Statement on Fellowship Training
  • The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) guidelines for New Subspecialty Training Requirements

Curriculum

Our core curriculum incorporates the mastery of six general competencies identified by the ACGME (medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement and system-based knowledge). Three years of training, clinical, educational, administrative, and research rotations have been devised to meet these goals and objectives.

Summary

Clinical rotations at our two training institutions, UC Irvine Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, are limited to a maximum of 12 to 15 months during the three-year fellowship.

One half-day per week (Wednesday afternoons) is dedicated to providing educational activities for the trainees. During this time, lectures based on the "content outline" published by the American Board of Pediatrics are delivered. Additional educational activities include weekly combined rounds with maternal-fetal medicine fellows and faculty, combined perinatal pathology conferences, maternal-fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality conferences, monthly maternal-fetal and neonatal didactics conducted by the trainees, weekly case conferences, weakly neonatal radiology rounds, quarterly neonatal surgical conferences with the pediatric surgical team, quarterly regional conferences with other fellowships in the area, including UC San Diego and Loma Linda University.

Research training is accomplished with an assigned research mentor in clinical, applied or bench research for 18 months of the three-year training.

Specialty clinics include high-risk infant developmental follow-up clinic and a pulmonary clinic for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Graduates are required to spend six half-days per month for six months during the research assignment.

The program provides valuable educational resources for the trainees. These include free access and utilization of the medical libraries at the two training institutions as well as the science library at the university. These services include computer facilities, access to internet and intranet, and audio-visual equipment. The trainees are given support for the preparation of poster presentations and publication of manuscripts as well as reimbursements for travel expenses to make presentations at research meetings.

View and download a detailed copy of the curriculum ›

 Affiliations

In addition to UC Irvine Medical Center, we are also affiliated with Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach and CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange.

Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach operates a neonatal intensive care unit. As part of the fellowship program, UC Irvine provides two fellows to Miller Children's Hospital on a monthly basis with the following assignments:

  • One fellow is assigned to a NICU clinical rotation. This fellow provides eight on-call services during the month, two of which are on weekends. The maximum work week is 80 hours , in accordance with the ACGME rules.
  • The other fellow conducts biomedical research in the Memorial Health Services Research (clinical and laboratory) facility under the direction of the program director. This fellow has no on-call duties.

In addition, our fellows do a pediatric cardiology rotation at CHOC with the opportunity to follow patients with complex cardiac lesions (pre-, intra- and postoperatively) as well ECMO patients. Both high-risk developmental and pulmonary follow-up clinics are located at CHOC.

Application

Applications are submitted through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website.  For further information, please contact:

Fayez Bany-Mohammed, MD
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
101 The City Drive
Building 56, Suite 600
Orange, CA 92868-3298
714-456-6933
Email: fbanymoh@uci.edu

Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship »

Overview

Our Division of Pediatric Pulmonogy is pleased to partner with Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach to offer one of the few pediatric pulmonology fellowship training programs in California.

The program, directed by Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum at Miller’s, has been in existence for more than 25 years and has attracted outstanding candidates from the United States and internationally.

The pulmonary fellowship offers tailored, innovative research projects for fellows, as well as a thorough and comprehensive program in pediatric and pulmonary medicine.

Commencing this year, we also are offering a special track for candidates interested in pursuing a career in academic pediatrics. This candidate will have a research focus in exercise physiology in children and will be eligible for a master's degree in Clinical Science at UC Irvine.

The research interests of fellows include such topics as air pollution and asthma in children, immunological aspects of lung disease, exercise and the impact of immunity and growth factor in children. Research is done under the direction of Dr. Dan Cooper. The six faculty members of the pediatric pulmonology program are supported by research faculty members, primarily at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, with the support of National Institutes of Health and local grants.

One of the greatest strengths of the fellowship program is its strong interaction with dual board-certified pediatric allergists/immunologists/pulmonologists who contribute to teaching and research for the pulmonology fellows.

The fellowship program at Miller Children’s Hospital/UC Irvine School of Medicine is accredited and situated in a renewed facility that is considered the largest children’s hospital in California and the seventh largest in the United States. 

The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program at Miller Children’s Hospital/UC Irvine began in 1979 with the arrival of Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility incorporates one of the largest NICUs in California and the nation at large.

Research is a major component of this program and is directed by Dr. Dan Cooper, one of the leading pediatric exercise physiologists in the world. Cooper, professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering, also serves as director of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and associate dean for Clinical and Translational Science.

The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program incorporates the following components:

  • Fully accredited and nationally recognized cystic fibrosis center
  • General pediatric pulmonary outpatient center, fully approved by CCS and MediCal, where the pediatric pulmonary fellows are exposed to the entire spectrum of pediatric respiratory disorders from infancy through 20 years of age (examples of conditions seen include:  bronchial asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic lung disease, congenital anomalies, neuromuscular disorders, sleep disorders, and immune disorders)
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Home ventilator clinic
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Sleep center
  • Pulmonary function testing lab with leading-edge technology — a one-stop lab that includes:

    • Comprehensive cardiovascular-pulmonary-metabolic evaluation capabilities
    • Exercise tolerance testing
    • Infant pulmonary function testing
    • Provocation challenges
    • Exhaled breath nitric oxide evaluation
    • High-altitude oxygen testing
    • Continuous/computerized oxygen saturation testing
  • Extensive infant and pediatric laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy services
  • Inpatient admission/consultation services
  • Active basic and clinical research (including study design and teaching methodology)
  • Structured academic courses and workshops in pediatric physiology and lung mechanics.

A unique feature of the program is its emphasis on a transitioning the adolescent patient to adulthood. The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program emphasizes the clinical and research aspects of pediatric respiratory disorders and provides teaching and guidance to UC Irvine pediatric residents, students and fellows. It also provides extensive technological support with leading-edge equipment.

Our goal is the education of future leaders in academic and clinical pulmonary medicine. We incorporate basic clinical research in an environment supported by outstanding faculty and a leading-edge investigative facility. The program is designed to prepare and expose the fellows to all relevant aspects of pediatric pulmonology and research, so that by the conclusion of the third year, the fellow is able to integrate clinical practice with academic and research investigation — and be prepared to take the American Boards in the subspecialty of Pediatric Pulmonology. 

The 36-month fellowship program is proportionately and appropriately divided into 50 percent research/investigative activity, about 25 percent rotation in the outpatient facility and about 25 percent rotation in inpatient service.  The training is designed to develop the fellow’s competence in clinical diagnosis, pathophysiology and the treatment of respiratory disorders in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

For more information about applying to our pulmonary fellowship program, please contact:

Angel Arvizu (for Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum, Pulmonary Fellowship Director)
Pulmonary Fellowship Coordinator
2801 Atlantic Ave., ground floor
Long Beach, CA 90806
562-933-8749/8748
aarvizu@memorialcare.org

Pediatric Neurology Fellowship »

The Division of Pediatric Neurology's fellowship application process is conducted by the San Francisco Matching Program. You may apply via their website at www.sfmatch.org.

For more information, contact: 

Mary L. Zupanc, MD
Director, Child Neurology Residency Program
714-509-7601
Email: mzupanc@choc.org

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