Simulation in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Programs

Taylor Sawyer*, Theodora A. Stavroudis, Anne Ades, Rita Dadiz, Christiane E.L. Dammann, Louis P. Halamek, Ahmed Moussa, Lamia Soghier, Arika Gupta, Sofia Aliaga, Rachel Umoren, Heather French

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Objective ?This study aimed to investigate the use of simulation in neonatal-perinatal medicine (NPM) fellowship programs. Study Design ?This was a cross-sectional survey of program directors (PDs) and simulation educators in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited NPM fellowship programs. Results ?Responses were received from 59 PDs and 52 simulation educators, representing 60% of accredited programs. Of responding programs, 97% used simulation, which most commonly included neonatal resuscitation (94%) and procedural skills (94%) training. The time and scope of simulation use varied significantly. The majority of fellows (51%) received ≤20 hours of simulation during training. The majority of PDs (63%) wanted fellows to receive >20 hours of simulation. Barriers to simulation included lack of faculty time, experience, funding, and curriculum. Conclusion ?While the majority of fellowship programs use simulation, the time and scope of fellow exposure to simulation experiences are limited. The creation of a standardized simulation curriculum may address identified barriers to simulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1263
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of perinatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • fellowship
  • medical education
  • neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship
  • neonatology
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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