Neonatology Division of Pediatrics
Our program is centered in two Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Winston-Salem that have a combined capacity of 94 beds. Thirteen faculty neonatologists and six fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine staff the units at Brenner Children's Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center Sara Lee Center for Women.
The NICU at Brenner Children's Hospital serves as the referral center for the more than 28,000 neonates born in Northwest North Carolina's Perinatal Region II. It provides a comprehensive range of services from care of the tiny premature infant to complex cardiothoracic surgery using state-of-the-art equipment in one of North Carolina's largest children's hospitals. Fellows play a central role in providing care in the Brenner NICU as members of a staff comprised of dedicated professionals, including specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, a clinical pharmacist, a nutritionist, educators and social workers. The fellows' experience is substantially enhanced by their ability to collaborate with more than 120 pediatric specialists in the Children's Hospital.
The Sara Lee Center for Women's Health at Forsyth Medical Center is the obstetric referral center for Northwest North Carolina's Perinatal Region II. With more than 7,000 annual births and 1,100 admissions to its NICU, the Center provides a unique experience for our fellows. First year fellows focus on gaining skills in resuscitation, performing procedures, providing obstetric consultations, and participating in day to day care of NICU patients. During the second year rotations, they lead multidisciplinary rounds supervised by a neonatologist. In the third year, fellows act independently as an attending neonatologist on each of the two services in the NICU.
From 2001 to 2006, Brenner Children's Hospital participated as a member of the National Institute of Health NICHD Neonatal Network, expanding our opportunities for collaborative clinical trials. Both NICUs are members of the Vermont-Oxford Neonatal, an international network of participating units sharing data and providing opportunities for research. Our research efforts include multiple studies and clinical trials, helping find the best treatments to improve outcomes for infants. The Division's PhD research faculty members focus on subjects as diverse as basic science laboratory investigations to research in infant nutrition. All are available to fellows as mentors for their scholarly projects.
Follow-up of high risk neonates is provided by the Division's Special Infant Care Clinic (SICC). The SICC is a multidiscipline program providing medical and developmental services to patients of our NICUs from discharge to 18 months of age. All fellows participate in the clinic's activities and benefit from exposure to the wide range of medical and developmental problems that some graduates of neonatal intensive care experience.