For a neonatologist, are there constant needs for research and education in the NICU?
I'm an incoming sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word. I've developed the love for working in the NICU in high school when I was a volunteer at the local hospital and now I essentially want to make a career out of it. I was able to shadow some doctors during my time there and only few enlightened me on the research projects they were working on. Instead, they all mentioned seminars and conferences they attend throughout that year. So, is research a high demand when a neonatologist? #doctor #health #research #hospital-and-health-care #neonatal
While there are Research needs in this population you will see less than in the adult population. There are several reasons for this. All new drugs are tested on adults first. Once it shows promise in adults it will be tested on children and younger. There are pediatric scientists who are trying to change this though. In neonatal research you will most likely see more bench research (in a lab) or observational studies. You may also see retrospective chart reviews where a large number of charts are reviewed to look for patterns or establish which interventions have a better outcome.