The Duke University School of Medicine (SOM) Division of Neonatology’s Infant Complex Care group is seeking a pediatrician to join us as a Clinical Associate in Pediatrics starting in July 2021. Ideal candidates are early career pediatricians who are interested in a career caring for children with special health care needs, particularly neonatal intensive care unit graduates. Candidates must have a Doctorate of Medicine or Osteopathy, and be board-certified in General Pediatrics, or board-eligible with expectations to be board-certified in General Pediatrics. Candidates must have, or be eligible for, a full North Carolina medical license.
With this position, we aim to continue developing our strong Infant Complex Care program that includes 3 pediatricians with training and experience in caring for NICU graduates. In addition to the physicians, the team includes a child psychologist, an Infant Complex Care fellow, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a nurse clinician, a dedicated social worker, and a team of occupational, speech and physical therapists. The new physician will enhance existing clinical programs for the inpatient intermediate care team and outpatient via in-person or telehealth in the Special Infant Care NICU follow-up clinic (SICC), Transitions Medical Home program (TMH) for high-risk infants, and the rapidly growing Pediatric Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic (PCNC) for infants with congenital heart disease.
Duke’s Department of Pediatrics includes over 200 faculty. The Division of Neonatology includes 20 faculty members and 10 fellows (9 Neonatology fellows and 1 Infant Complex Care fellow). Several Division faculty are also members of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Department’s Division of Quantitative Sciences, which provides assistance in clinical trial design and data analysis to faculty throughout the Division and the Department.
The Neonatology faculty currently provides inpatient care at two sites: the 67-bed level IV intensive care nursery (ICN) at Duke Hospital and an 18-bed Level II unit at Duke Regional Hospital. We expect the Duke ICN capacity to increase by 14 beds in the next 24 months. The Infant Complex Care service mostly sees inpatients in the Transitional Care Nursery (TCN, a NICU stepdown unit) and outpatients in the Children’s Health Center, which is connected to Duke Hospital, and at Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, an outpatient rehabilitation facility, which is less than 1 mile from Duke Hospital.
Neuro-developmental outcomes are key to meaningful Neonatology research. Duke’s Neonatology Division is a highly respected and productive member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (NRN). Information about the Division’s clinical research enterprise, including the listings of active clinical trials, is available on the Duke Neonatal Perinatal Research Unit (NRPU) website: https://pediatrics.duke.edu/divisions/neonatology/research/neonatal-perinatal-research-unit-npru).
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