Essentials of neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship: scholarship perspective.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows must achieve a meaningful accomplishment in scholarly activity as part of their training. Despite the requirement for scholarly training in fellowship, there is a vanishingly small number of MD-only physician-scientists pursuing a research-oriented career. Recent neonatal trainees have identified several factors that preclude their careers in research-focused academic neonatology, including lower pay in academic positions, inadequate training in research techniques, and the perception that individuals in research careers have a poor work-life balance. High competition for limited pediatric research funds also contributes to a diminishing pool of physician-scientists in neonatology. This small number of physician-scientists is threatened by a high rate of attrition among physicians who enter this career path. In order to prevent further declines in the number of neonatal physician-scientists, we need improvements in funding and strong intra- and cross-institutional mentorship to foster individuals interested in a career as a physician-scientist.

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Cited Authors

  • Bauserman, M; Vasquez, M; Chess, PR; Carbajal, M; ONTPD Fellowship Directors Writing Group, ; Good, M

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 528 - 533

PubMed ID

  • 33597741

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8368071

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-5543

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41372-021-00957-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States