Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine - Trainees and Education

The Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) provides educational opportunities of the highest quality and caliber to a wide range of medical trainees and physicians. Teaching and education remains central to our mission. We are proud to be a primary neonatology training site for Pediatric residents from both the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and Massachusetts General Hospital. We also are a major training site for the Harvard Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Medical students from the Harvard School of Medicine also are educated in clinical care of the newborn in the BWH Nurseries and Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition, elective and rotating externship opportunities are available and are highly sought after by a number of local, national, and international medical students.

Given our special position as one of the largest and busiest delivery hospitals in New England, we remain the major site where our trainees acquire both simulation and hands-on skills in neonatal resuscitation and delivery room care of the newborn. The department also offers ongoing monthly AAP/AHA Neonatal Resuscitation courses to providers in the medical field.

Our faculty and staff are strongly committed to teaching and education in which evidence-based medicine is front and center. We offer a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum series for resident trainees, as well as weekly Case Conferences, Neuroradiology Conferences, and Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine Grand Rounds, each featuring local and visiting experts in the field. Our educational approach also features practical interactive workshop sessions for trainees in which they are given opportunities to practice and perfect the finer subtleties of the practice of neonatal-perinatal medicine including antenatal consultation for high-risk pregnancies and bereavement counseling. Finally, resident education is enhanced by an in situ simulation program in which, with the aid of a number of high-fidelity simulators and task trainers, our trainees not only acquire procedural competence but also learn how to work together as a team during neonatal emergencies.

Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine Education Working Group

Tanzeema Hossain, MBChB
Director of Education

Helen Christou, MD
Director, Harvard Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Katharine Herrick, MD, IBCLC
Director, BWH Well Newborn Rotation, Boston Combined Residencey Program in Pediatics 

Linda Van Marter, MD, MPH
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatric Newton Medicine

Cicely Fadel, MD
Chief Fellow, Harvard Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Ale Barerro, MD
Chief Fellow, Harvard Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Shyam Deshpande, MD
Chief Resident, Boston Combined Residency Program 

Jonathan Paolino, MD 
Chief Resident, Massachusetts Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Program

Jill Conte
Rotation and Elective Coordinator 

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