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What is ONTPD?


The Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD) was formed in 1991 to provide an annual forum for program directors to identify and address issues relevant to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) Fellowship Training. Its membership consists of the program directors from all accredited NPM training programs in the US and Puerto Rico.

The mission of the ONTPD is to inform and advocate for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program Directors about issues relevant to the educational objectives, administration and funding of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine subspecialty training.

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Helpful Vignettes From the ONTPD Council

Neonatology Program Directors: Will an individualized residency training track system improve the preparedness for subspecialty training in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine?


Christiane E. L. Damman, MD, FAAP
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has called through its Educational Innovation Project (EIP) for individualized training approaches to enhance the foundation of residents’ future career choices. This idea was first put forward by the Carnegie study in 2010 that suggested to promote career development by creating individualized learning pathways in medical training with the goal to provide smaller learning communities within larger programs. 

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Neonatal Therapeutic Development Initiative:
Important Role for ONTPD

Neonatologists have a robust history of making many advances in clinical care in their own independent way. Much has been accomplished but clinical practice and teaching is often based on opinion rather than the evidence and the “standard of clinical care” varies widely. The AAP has lobbied for pediatric initiatives such as the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) and Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA), and for neonatology expertise in the FDA. This has lead to the Neonatal Drug Development Initiative (NDDI) and therapeutics initiative for infants more broadly. Ronald Ariagno, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at Stanford University has been appointed Senior ORISE Faculty Fellow in Neonatology at the FDA, and he is working with Jonathan Davis, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Tufts University and the Chair of the Neonatology Sub-Committee in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics at the FDA.

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What TECaN has to Offer!

Visit the website of the Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) for the latest updates:

  • Navigating the Salary and Benefits Waters
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