Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program is structured to ensure our fellows are trained to become excellent clinicians, skilled researchers, and effective educators. Clinical experience over three years occurs at Tampa General Hospital which is the primary teaching site.  This teaching hospital is designated Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center with over 7,000 deliveries a year.  USF Neonatologist staff the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which has 80 private rooms.  Fellows are expected to be the team leaders in the Level IV NICU.  Teams are composed of residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, dietitians, a pharmacist, and a pediatric hospitalist.  The Division of Neontaology works in partnership with the Maternal-Fetal-Medicine Program, surgical subspecialties, and pediatric cardiology to provide the best antenatal and postnatal care for patients at the USF Fetal Care Center of Tampa Bay.

Outpatient experience in the NICU Follow-Up Clinic and the Neurodevelopmental Clinic provide valuable insight in neonatal outcomes.  Simulation training is offered to fellows at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) located in downtown Tampa.  CAMLS is an active site for monthly NRP simulation education.

 Fellows are expected to complete both a QI project and a scholarly research project during their fellowship.  They are encouraged to develop a clinical, translational, or basic science research project based on their unique interests and career goals.  Structured guidance on study design, regulatory compliance, statistical analysis, and scientific writing/presentation is built into the three-year curriculum.  In addition, our trainees have the opportunity to participate in the many ongoing clinical trials and quality improvement initiatives in our NICU.  Each fellow is matched with one or more faculty mentors actively involved in an area of research that is of mutual interest.  Although most fellows are mentored by faculty within the Division of neonatology, the program encourages fellows to consider mentors outside of the division when appropriate.

Ongoing collaborations with faculty in USF colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health ensures that needed expertise is readily available.  Active areas of research within our division include neonatal anemia and the developing intestinal microbiome, infant nutrition, congenital infections, and neonatal abstinence syndrome.  In addition, the division has a laboratory-based research program that uses animal models and tissue culture to explore the mechanisms by which the bacteria colonizing the maternal genital tract contribute to adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.  All fellows have an opportunity to present their research in various forums and at national scientific meetings. 

 karen wickline

Karen Wickline, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

5 Tampa General Circle
4th Floor, Suite 450
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 844-3437
Fax:     (813) 844-1671


Stephanie Helms
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program Administrator