Within the first weeks of joining the fellowship (preferably before arriving at the University of Utah), fellows have the opportunity to visit a series of labs or sites involved in research/scholarly activities and mentors associated with each area.
Fellows choose the laboratory and mentor they would like to work with. The fellowship program leadership will guide fellows through this process so it's enjoyable and results in an informed decision.
Generally, fellows choose mentors from a list made available to all fellowship candidates at the time of their first visit. Fellows may choose other mentors, provided mentors agree and have suitable experience to appropriately train fellows.
If the initial selection does not work out, the fellow will be guided through the process of making another selection.
The research program will then begin under the tutelage of the mentor. Mentors are responsible for closely working with fellows, guiding them through their chosen projects, helping them overcome problems, and for providing support and advice which will result in a successful fellowship.
The program will be specifically tailored to be completed in the three years of fellowship and to result in productivity to allow fellows to compete for an academic appointment at the end of the fellowship.
Strategic Career Plans
Each year, fellows and research mentors prepare a letter to the program director that conceptualizes a fellow's research program. The goal is to help the fellow develop a long-term strategic career plan for scholarly achievement. This letter outlines:
- A research plan
- Assessment of the previous year (for second and third year fellows)
- Plans for future development
- Members of the scholarly oversight committee
Scholarly Oversight Committee (SOC)
With input from the research mentor and the program director, fellows form an SOC. The committee must consist of three or more individuals, at least one of whom is based outside of neonatology.
The purpose of this committee is to review the fellow's scholarly activity every six months throughout the fellowship. The committee also ensures appropriate mentorship for the fellow and determines board eligibility.
Research in Progress
In the last quarter of the first year, the first year fellow will present a formal work-in-progress to the division. This first work-in-progress will be scheduled at the Monday 4pm Fellow's Conference and will last 20-25 minutes, allowing five to 10 minutes for questions.
The second year fellow will be expected to present a work-in-progress a minimum of once a year. This is a formal presentation in front of the full division at the Monday 4pm Fellow's Conference.The third year fellow is expected to present a formal work-in-progress at the division and departmental work in progress sessions.