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Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees
A vital part of good mentoring relationship is to be a good mentee. The mentee can take the lead of the relationship by facilitating the mentor’s efforts to create a successful relationship for both. Attached is a very useful article: Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees, which highlights the practical strategies that mentees can use.
Preparing for boards this year? Or just want to keep up to speed on your imaging skills? Check out this ebook on neonatal MRI. More resources on the author’s website, Dr Mary Rutherford, a neonatal neurologist.
Tips for the Early Career Neonatologist
As an early career neonatologist, especially as an educator, one has to juggle many academic endeavors at the same time. Many of these are unique to this career phase. Attached is an article from the leaders of the Early Career Medical Educators from Canada where they consolidate their knowledge into 12 succinct tips.
As a neonatal fellow and neonatologist in your career, you will receive and respond to a lot of e-mails. Professionalism is very important in all aspects of your career and this includes managing and responding to your e-mail in a courteous manner. Here are some tips about using email in a professional manner.
Compensation Survey 2016
If you are a graduating fellow you are probably thinking about what salary you would be making in your first job. Dr.Eric Horowitz lead the collection of this information from practicing neonatologists around the country. While several resources exist that estimate compensation for neonatologists, the goal of this survey was to assess clinical and non-clinical work environments, geographic location, and scope of productivity and compensation. Knowledge is power and this resource will make you an informed job seeker in Neonatology.
Hot Off The Press
Experts in neonatal nutrition have gathered the growing body of evidence in how we feed and grow our preterm infants. “The ‘Evaluation of the Evidence to Support Practice Guidelines for the Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: The Pre- B Project’ is the first phase in a process to present the current state of knowledge and to support the development of evidence-informed guidance for the nutritional care of preterm and high-risk newborn infants.”
Ever wonder about those A/B and D’s? Do the events really result in long-term consequences? This study shows that prolonged events in the first 3 months of life lasting a minimum of 60 seconds is associated with adverse outcomes at 18 months.
The pulmonary vasculature contributes to alveolar morphogenesis via an autocrine process. Using conditional inactivation of the Vegf-A gene during alveologenesis to alter alveolar-capillary development, the authors found that RA is produced by pulmonary endothelial cells and regulates pulmonary angiogenesis and elastin synthesis by induction of VEGF-A and FGF18, respectively. Inhibition of RA synthesis was also shown to decrease FGF18 and elastin expression and impair alveolarization. Treatment with RA and vitamin A partially reversed the impairment indicating that RA regulates elastin synthesis via FGF18 during lung development.Heartpedia App »
Statistics: Always More to Learn!
The pulmonary vasculature contributes to alveolar morphogenesis via an autocrine process. Using conditional inactivation of the Vegf-A gene during alveologenesis to alter alveolar-capillary development, the authors found that RA is produced by pulmonary endothelial cells and regulates pulmonary angiogenesis and elastin synthesis by induction of VEGF-A and FGF18, respectively. Inhibition of RA synthesis was also shown to decrease FGF18 and elastin expression and impair alveolarization. Treatment with RA and vitamin A partially reversed the impairment indicating that RA regulates elastin synthesis via FGF18 during lung development.Yun EJ, Lorizio W, Seedorf GJ, et al. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.
Newborn Early Onset Sepsis Calculator:
This tool is intended for the use of clinicians trained and experienced in the care of newborn infants. Using this tool, the risk of early-onset sepsis can be calculated in an infant born > 34 weeks gestation. The interactive calculator produces the probability of early onset sepsis per 1000 babies by entering values for the specified maternal risk factors along with the infant's clinical presentation. The calculator is based on the published work of Drs. Karen Puopolo, MD, PhD and Gabriel Escobar, MD.
Two Great Neonatology Web Resources
Pubmed Clinical Queries: This specialized search query is intended for clinicians and has built-in search "filters" based on research done by R. Brian Haynes, M.D., Ph.D. at McMaster University in Canada. The PubMed Clinical Queries Page is designed to filter one search by three clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics. The Clinical Study Categories offers five categories to choose from: Therapy (the search default), Diagnosis, Etiology, Prognosis and Clinical Prediction Guides. The Systematic Reviews feature locates systematic reviews and similar articles and the Medical Genetics feature filters citations to topics in medical genetics.
2015 Marshall Klaus Awards Announced
Dr. Klaus is an internationally recognized leader and scientist in the field of Neonatology. He is the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, Mothering the Mother and The Amazing Newborn. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Klaus took the lead in opening the premature nursery to parents and has been a leader in the humane care of mothers and babies, including support for parents dealing with the death of a baby. During his long career he trained over 35 Fellows in Neonatology, many of whom are now leaders in research and directors of newborn units world-wide.
The Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM) is fortunate, thanks to contributions by Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute and the March of Dimes, to honor Dr. Klaus by awarding research scholarships to promising early career physician-scientists. The 2015 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award netted 37 terrific applicants. The top 6 ranked fellows each were awarded a $5,000 Klaus research award to support the specified research projects
The 2015 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Awardees and the topics they are studying are: Jennifer Pelliford Alexander, MD, University of Maryland, ‘Long Term Effects of Neonatal Pain and the Ability of Sucrose and Acetaminophen to Improve Outcomes;’ Claire Baldauf, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), ‘Neuron Rescue in Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction with Novel Peptide: Humanin;’ Stephanie Marie Ford, MD, Case Western Reserve University, ‘Increasing Regurgitant Flow in Early Cardiac Looping with Optical Pacing Leads Congenital Heart Diseases;’ Kok Lim Kua, MD, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, ‘Breaking The Cycle of Maternal-Neonatal Diabetes Transmission;’ Sarah Nicole Kunz, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Effect of Perinatal Referral Network Structure on Transport Decisions and Neonatal Outcomes;’ and Sarah Morton, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Role of miRNA in Nemaline Myopathy.’
Who is Responsible for Therapeutic Development for Infants?
More than 90% of drugs administered to neonates are either ‘not approved’ or used ’off label’ (not recommended for use in infants). Dr. Ronald Ariagno calls all neonatologists to action by asking us to be curious and actively report adverse events to the FDA.
Social & Mobile Media for the Neonatologist:
Social media expert, Clara Song, MD, FAAP had a recent discussion with a well-respected neonatologist in which he stated that social media was a communication tool that would soon live out its popularity and ’dissolve away.’ She respectfully disagreed, noting that that social media is not, in fact, just a tool but, rather, is a form of communication that utilizes useful Web and media tools. Because it originated as engaging and authentic conversation, Dr. Song contends that social media, will evolve further and not simply dissolve away. This entire exchange occurred on WhatsApp. We are evolving, and we don’t even realize it!
Social & Mobile Media for the Neonatologist: Communication in the Social Media Age
Clara Song, MD, FAAP
I had a recent discussion with a well-respected neonatologist in which he stated that social media was a communication tool that would soon live out its popularity and “dissolve away.” I respectfully disagreed that that social media was not, in fact, just a tool but a form of communication that utilizes useful web and media tools. Because it originated as engaging and authentic conversation, I added that I feel that this form of communication, this social media, will not dissolve away but only evolve further. This entire exchange occurred on WhatsApp. We are evolving, and we don’t even realize it!Neonatology Today, June Issue
Teresa Seto, MD, FAAP