The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship of the National Capital Consortium (NCC) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) has been training fellows in Neonatology for over 25 years. It is a unique training program, clinically based at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and exists as a separate, free-standing service within the Department of Pediatrics at WRNMMC. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is devoted to clinical duties, with the remaining time devoted to research activities. The majority of the clinical experience is at the WRNMMC neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU at WRNMMC is the only Department of Defense NICU in the National Capital Area. NICU admissions number 300 per year in a catchment area that is inclusive of 4000 deliveries per year among local military treatment facilities. The program exists in affiliation with the combined NCC pediatric residency program at WRNNMC.
Active duty in one of the Uniformed Services of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service) is required. Information on incurred obligations, pay, and allowances may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Medical Education. Applicants must apply through, and be sponsored by, the Graduate Medical Education office of their respective branch of service for postdoctoral training. Requests for training should list the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship of the NCC at USUHS as their site of choice. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. Where feasible, applicants are encouraged to visit the USUHS and Walter Reed facilities and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical, applicants should contact the Program Director for a phone interview and submit an updated Curriculum Vitae.
The program is sponsored by the NCC, with clinical practice mainly located at its primary affiliated hospital: WRNMMC, Bethesda MD. Other training locations in the National Capital Region include Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, (one block); Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, (one block); Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital, Fairfax, VA (one block); and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD (two blocks). Fellows also rotate for one block at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth NICU (Portsmouth, VA). The fellowship program benefits from the clinical and academic synergy of five other Pediatric Subspecialty fellowships that are part of the NCC, as well as a full representation of faculty from Pediatric and Pediatric Surgical subspecialties.
The core goal of the fellowship program is to train clinically and academically versatile neonatologists for clinical assignments in the Military Health System (MHS). The MHS has NICUs in Okinawa, Japan; Honolulu, HI; Tacoma, WA; San Diego, CA; San Antonio, TX; Portsmouth, VA; Killeen TX; Fayetteville, NC; and Bethesda, MD. Fellows are prepared for these challenging clinical assignments through a combination of clinical rotations, simulation and training at a state-of-the-art Simulation Center, training and performance of high-risk neonatal transports, and interface with the MHS patient transport system. Fellows maintain certification in, and often instruct, the S.T.A.B.L.E. program, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) courses.
Fellows are matched with a research mentor early in the course of their fellowship. Research facilities utilized by the program include USUHS, NIH, FDA, the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The diversity of clinical and scholarly experience is designed to produce an exceptional academic neonatologist ready to fulfill the unique requirements of military and government practice.
Additional information for the specialty can be found on the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties website.
Program Director: Nicole R. Dobson, LTC(P), MC, USA
Associate Program Director: Theophil Stokes, CDR, MC, USN
Chief, Neonatology Division: Agnes Sierocka, LTC, MC, USA
Additional Program Faculty
Danielle Bird, MD, COL, MC, USA
Christopher Rouse, MD, Lt Col, USAF, MC
Nicholas Wells, MD, LCDR, MC, USN
Kari Wagner, MD, LCDR, MC, USN
Jerri Curtis, CAPT (Ret), MC, USN; NCC Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Carl Hunt, MD; Director of Fellowship Research
Additional information, application instructions and program requirements are available through:
Nicole R. Dobson, MD, LTC(P), MC, USA
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine - "America's Medical School"
Uniformed Services University
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814