Training Programs

Undergraduate Training Opportunities

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • To gain an understanding of the common diseases affecting newborn infants
  • To learn about stabilization and transport of sick neonates
  • To learn about the facilities and resources available to treat sick neonates
  • To understand the challenges for infants who graduate from the NICU

Elective students will work with a multi-disciplinary team including an attending neonatologist, neonatal fellows, pediatric residents, nurses, a dietician, pharmacist and social worker. Students will assist in the complex care of premature infants as well as full-term infants with issues such as perinatal asphyxia, jaundice, neonatal sepsis, congenital heart disease or major congenital malformations requiring surgical repair.

In addition, the student has the option to participate in the neonatal transport program providing for the stabilization and transfer of high-risk infants from the hospital of birth to CHEO’s NICU.

Attendance at the multi-disciplinary Neonatal Follow-up Clinic to monitor the development of high-risk NICU patients is also possible. Pre-clinical students are welcome to join daily patient care rounds to observe the many critical aspects involved in comprehensive neonatal intensive care or to participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of infants at greatest risk of neuro-developmental handicap in the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic. Students of any year may choose a major topic to study in-depth under the supervision of the neonatologist.

Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine

  • To gain insight into normal and abnormal fetal development
  • To learn about the transition from the intrauterine to extrauterine environment
  • To learn about the disease processes in newborn infants
  • To explore ethical principles involved in neonatal intensive care

During this elective, students will participate in a variety of rounds and seminars discussing the optimal care for high-risk pregnancies. They will work with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of an attending neonatologist, neonatal fellows, pediatric and obstetrics residents, nurses, a dietician, pharmacist, and social worker to assist with the ongoing care of sick preterm and term newborns. They will have opportunities to attend high-risk deliveries of preterm and term infants and may also get a chance to attend a Neonatal Follow up Clinic at CHEO.

This elective is suitable for students of any year with pre-clinical students taking primarily an observer’s role and clinical students having more direct involvement with patient care. For all years, the basic physiology and pathophysiology of the clinical situations will be stressed.

Postgraduate Training Program

The uOttawa Faculty of Medicine program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is a two- to three-year residency training program designed to train academic neonatologists. Trainees wishing to complete one to two years of training for a non-academic role can be considered for admission to the program.

The program is open for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons subspecialty certification to trainees who have a Royal College Certification in pediatrics or have completed at least three years of a Royal College approved training program in pediatrics.

Clinical fellows may also be accepted to the program for one or more years to gain additional training in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Clinical training takes place in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and in the Neonatal-Perinatal Unit of The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, which is the regional perinatal centre. These two hospitals are connected by an aerial walkway that passes through the buildings housing the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, the CHEO Research Institute and the Centre for Practice Changing Research (CPCR). There are approximately 15,000 live births annually in Eastern Ontario (excluding Western Quebec). Our facilities also provide neonatal care for the Baffin Island region of Nunavut. 

See full details of the program at the Division of Neonatology Postgraduate Program

Additional Postgraduate Training

Some members of the Division of Neonatology are affiliated with basic sciences or epidemiology departments at the University of Ottawa, providing opportunities for co-supervision of trainees at the Master’s or PhD level.

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