University of Nebraska Medical Center

Pediatric Fellow Academy

Male and female fellow holding research awards.

The Pediatric Fellow Academy is a monthly gathering for fellow physicians of different pediatric specialties to come together for didactic sessions and social interactions. During these gatherings, the fellows will enhance their teaching, writing and research skills while working on their own professional development. The academy supplements the fellowship didactics by improving teaching skills, allowing the participation in scholarly activities, critically evaluating research and other foundational skills important for an attending physician. Didactic sessions are provided by faculty in various pediatric specialties as well as members of the university and community.

Additional Topics

In addition, the following topics are covered:

  • Classroom and bedside teaching techniques
  • Communication
  • Developing a teaching portfolio
  • Mentor/Mentee relationships
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Accessing the library resources
  • Performing a literature review
  • Critically reviewing literature
  • Writing for medical/scientific publication
  • Grant writing
  • Research regulatory affairs (IRB, IACUC, IBC)
  • Clinical research
  • Quality Improvement
  • Scientific conference management
  • Transitioning to faculty/practice

Optional Activities

Optional enrichment activities that interested fellows may pursue outside of these structured conferences will include:

  1. Mock job interviews
  2. CITI training for enhanced knowledge of human subjects research laws and ethics
  3. Online courses in statistics and epidemiology offered via UNMC
  4. Online courses in educational design theory offered via UNMC
  5. Online training in clinical trials administration and design, offered via NIH-funded IDeA States Pediatric Network

Academy Contacts

Associate Professor, Division of Neonatology
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program
Director of Pediatric Fellows Academy
Director of Children's Nebraska Neonatal Transport Team

Courtney McLean, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

James Buscher, MD
Miranda Downing

GME Educational Program Coordinator II

Miranda Downing

2023-2024 Calendar

Welcome Fellows   Aug. 7, Noon - 1 p.m.
Statistics for Pediatric Boards Eric Peeples, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Neonatology Sep. 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Careers in Medicine Panel Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education (DIO); Casey Burg, MD, Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics; and Russell McCulloh, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Research Oct. 2, Noon - 2 p.m.
Difficult Conversation Workshop David Soffer, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology; Patrick Lloyd, DO, Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Care; and Suzanne Haney, MD, Chief, Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics and Interim Chief of Division of Palliative Care Nov. 6, 1 - 4 p.m.
Fellows as Educators Jeffrey Robinson, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology Dec. 4, Noon - 1 p.m.


Jason Burrows, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine

Feb. 5, Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Writing The Child Health Research Institute March 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Completing a Research Project Aleisha Nabower, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine April 1, Noon - 1 p.m.
Career Advancement Suzanne Haney, MD, Professor and Chief of Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics May 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Difficult Conversations Workshop  Dr. David Soffer, Dr. Suzanne Haney, and Dr. Patrick LLoyd June 3, 1-4p.m.