Global health training during neonatal fellowship: fellow and program director perspectives.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: This study explored the availability and perception of Global Health (GH) training opportunities in US-based Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) fellowship programs. STUDY DESIGN: Electronic surveys, containing discrete choice and open-ended questions, were distributed to current and recent fellows and to Program Directors (PDs). RESULTS: Fifty-eight PDs and ninety-eight fellows completed the survey. Fellows reported declining GH participation from 48% in medical school to 21% in fellowship. Among the 42% of fellows reporting GH opportunities at their programs, 30% personally participated. Fewer than 30% of these programs offer structured classroom or online learning; 10% offer research opportunities. 72% of fellows stated that GH availability is moderately to extremely important, compared with 58% of PDs. PDs cited cost, scheduling, mentorship, and lack of suitable global partners as barriers to supporting fellows in GH. CONCLUSION: NPM fellows place high importance on GH opportunities during fellowship, but only a minority engage in GH work.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rent, S; Valentine, G; Ehret, D; Kukora, S

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1253 - 1261

PubMed ID

  • 32152489

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-5543

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41372-020-0639-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States