Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Research Opportunities

In addition to clinical training, fellows participate in academic activity to contribute to the fund of knowledge in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Fellows gain experience in and an appreciation for scholarly activity while fulfilling requirements for board certification. Academic activities may involve clinical or basic science research projects, quality improvement/quality assurance, development of educational tools or an extensive critical topical review in the order of a Cochrane review. A fellow’s scholarly activities are expected to culminate in a scholarly product, e.g. first author paper, progress report, etc.

The fellow will be matched with a project mentor(s), introduced to available resources, and have protected time for research projects. By the end of the three-year fellowship, the fellow should have presented their work at a national meeting and have a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.


Examples recent fellows’ scholarly activities:

  • Intestinal alkaline phosphatase as a biomarker for diagnosis of NEC
  • Effects of antibiotics on the neonatal microbiome 
  • Safe sleep QI project
  • Unplanned extubation QI project
  • Creation of a feeding protocol
  • Creation of a NOWS protocol



There are many opportunities for fellows to present their scholarly work at local, regional and national meetings:

1. Southern Society of Pediatric Research

2. LSU Department of Pediatrics Research Day

3. LSUHSC Forum for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

4. Louisiana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics