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LLU School of Medicine Neonatology Fellowship

Training Facilities 

The clinical program is centered at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital NICU, which includes 84 intensive and intermediate care beds. This facility provides the trainee with a comprehensive clinical experience in one of the largest neonatal intensive care unit's on the West Coast. The NICU is designated as a Level 111C facility. Newborns are referred to the Children's Hospital NICU for local, regional, and internationals hospitals. We average about 1000 admissions per year and half of those patients are transported to us. The unit is responsible for the transport, triage, and consultation service for newborns requiring any type of subspecialty care. The pediatric subspecialties  include:  nephrology, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, hematology/oncology, immunology, infectious disease, pulmonary medicine and allergy, genetics and metabolic diseases.  We have full pediatric, surgical sub-specialty and cardiac surgical support. We support inhaled nitric oxide delivery, high frequency ventilation (oscillatory and jet ventilation) and ECMO.

 

NICU Bed on Unit 3800

Second and third year fellows will also spend a one month per year rotation at the Citrus Valley Medical Center NICU located in West Covina, CA. The is a 40 bed level IIIB, with an active delivery service run by a private neonataology group. The fellows work in conjunction with the private neonatologist(s) to gain experience working in a private practice setting.

The Division of Neonatology operates an infant follow-up program for high risk NICU graduates. The clinic coordinates the efforts of pediatricians, neonatologists, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to evaluate NICU graduates. Dr. Debra Demos, a pediatric neurologist with special training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, supervises the clinic with direction from Dr. T Allen Merritt. The fellows attend these clinics 2-3 months per year as part of a structured learning program.

Our program maintains a neonatology research laboratory under the direction of Arlin Blood, PhD. The program is affiliated with the Perinatal Biology Department and allows fellows with an interest in fetal and perinatal physiology to work with established basic scientists. There is a laboratory animal medicine facility with full support staff.

Research Laboratory

Fellows have ready access to extensive library and computing facilities at the nearby Del E. Webb University Library and the Jesse Medical Library. In addition, the hospital and offices are located on the campus of the University giving access to the full faculty including the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Public Health.