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Neonatology - Perinatal Medicine

Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location:  San Antonio, Texas

Accredited:  Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) 

Program Length: 3 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation of medical school and pediatrics residency

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  N/A

Total Approved Complement:  9

Approved per Year (if applicable): N/A

Dedicated research year offered:  No

Medical Student Rotation availability:  4th Year

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH):  No

Program Phone Number:  210-916-7078

Program Email:  dha.jbsa.brooke-amc.list.saushec-neonate@health.mil

Program Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Program Description

The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship offers a unique and robust training experience highlighted by seamless military-civilian partnerships which promote an optimized environment for clinical training and research involvement. This program has a rich history dating back to the 1980s with its involvement in the development of neonatal high frequency oscillatory ventilation and transport extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO). The neonatology community in San Antonio continues to have a strong prior military footprint which we leverage to the benefit of our fellows.

Brooke Army Medical Center is the hub of the fellowship and the site where fellows do most rotations and call shifts within a 12-bed, level III NICU. Within this environment, faculty and fellows partner to create an extensive academic curriculum that consistently results in in-service training exam scores that are above the national average and a 100% board pass rate. This site is also where fellows learn unique aspects of being a military neonatologist. This includes, but is not limited to, military readiness training and transcontinental neonatal transport training. BAMC maintains the only Department of Defense neonatal air transport team in the continental United States. In recent years fellows have transported critically ill newborns from Europe and the Middle East.

BAMC maintains a healthy research environment with many opportunities for quantitative and qualitative research within the hospital and military healthcare system. These opportunities are enhanced by civilian Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) that we directly partner with to offer opportunities for bench/lab research, involvement with larger clinical trials, and national non-military database research.

Fellows have opportunities to rotate through four civilian NICUs in the San Antonio area which each offer unique benefits beyond added research opportunities which include:

  • Experiences in a higher census, higher acuity teaching hospital
  • Experiences in private level III and IV NICU settings which emphasize patient ownership, self-directed learning, and efficiency over the more traditional fellow/resident team rounding model
  • Increased exposure to extremely low birth weight newborn resuscitations
  • Increased opportunities for neonatal procedures

Crucially, our fellows are considered as welcome partners at these hospitals as evidenced by joint journal clubs and invited participation/presentation for grand rounds at our sister institutions.

Overall, our program provides a rich environment to develop the next generation of military neonatologists that will guide and shape not only military neonatology, but military medicine and the field of neonatology for years to come.

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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Location: Brooke Army Medical Center, 5th Floor

Hours of Operation:

Monday–Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 210-916-7078

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