Clinical Training

The Division of Neonatology at University of Nebraska Medical Center is responsible for staffing the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Nebraska Medicine and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.  

Nebraska Medicine 

The Nebraska Medicine NICU is equipped with 38 beds and admits approximately 500 infants each year and has an average daily census of 22 patients. The NICU is contiguous to the delivery suites as well as a perinatal intensive care unit for high-risk obstetrical patients. Nebraska Medicine has an active delivery service in which Neonatology and Perinatology work closely together. The Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, located at Magee, offers an interdisciplinary team of neonatologists, geneticists, maternal/fetal medicine specialists, and pediatric surgeons in a centralized referral center that evaluates approximately 200 to 300 patients per year. Pediatric Radiology are available in-house. With other pediatric specialties like cardiology and pediatric surgical consultants are housed at Children's Hospital and provide timely on-site consultations at Nebraska Medicine. 

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The NICU at Children’s Hospital and Medicine Center is a 40-bed combined medical-surgical unit. There are approximately 500 admissions per year and has an average daily census of 31 patients. Almost all infants admitted are transferred to the Children's Hospital NICU from nurseries across the state of Nebraska and surrounding regions of Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas due to complex cardiac, genetic, or multi-organ disease, surgical treatment or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Our neonatologists are experts in managing critically ill infants; our fellows quickly become familiar with state-of-the art therapies including inhaled Nitric Oxide (iNO), ECMO, and induced Whole Body Hypothermia. 

Fellows rotate through both the Nebraska Medicine & Children’s. They interact with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, and other pediatric subspecialists. During their clinical time the fellows provide supervision and teaching of the pediatric house officers at high-risk deliveries and work with housestaff in the stabilization and initial management of all new patients. The fellows also work closely with the attending neonatologists, assuming greater teaching, leadership, and patient care responsibilities as the fellowship progresses. In-house night call averages one night in five. The fellows also actively participate in neonatal transports (air and ground) while on service. 

During rotations in the Tracking Infant Progress Statewide (TIPS) NICU Follow up Clinic, the fellows are exposed to an active infant-follow-up program. Fellows are also expected to contribute in teaching rounds and all divisional conferences. 

Fellow training will emphasize the six competencies of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME):