Design and Duration

The NPM Program at McMaster is a two (2) year program.  Our Program’s length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Clinical Service and On- Call Duties 
Clinical rotations include 13 blocks of NICU rotations, 1 block each of Neonatal follow-up clinic, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Neonatal Transport Medicine. Opportunities are available to rotate through a community-based Level II unit based at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton and Brampton Civic Hospital, Brampton during their two elective blocks during the training period. Fellows are expected to participate in the on-call schedule one night in five, during which their responsibility is the supervision of residents and/or Neonatal Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in-house, as well as the coordination of transports by the Nurse Transport Team.

Rotations Schedule

Year Clinical Research / Electives Night Calls Vacation
First 7 Blocks NICU
1 Block NPRS
1 Block MFM-FU
2 Blocks Research
1 Block Elective
1 in 5 night calls 20 working days
Second 6/7 Blocks NICU
1 Block MFM-FU
4 Blocks Research
1 Block Elective
1 in 5 night calls 20 working days
Total 13 Blocks NICU plus
3 Blocks in Transport,
Follow up & MFM
6 Blocks Research
2 Blocks Elective
66 night calls/year 40 working days

During a 2-year fellowship period, 6-8 blocks will normally be spent in research training and activity. This may be in association with any of the faculty members both inside and outside the Neonatal Division who are actively involved in basic and/or applied research in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Two blocks of electives are available during the training period to rotate through NICU Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, PICU, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Neurology, Developmental Pediatrics, and community hospital level II or any other Level III across Canada.

A monthly series of time protected educational events include Academic Half Day, Journal Club, Maternal/Fetal-Neonatal Rounds, Pediatric Surgery-Neonatal Rounds, Perinatal Ultrasonography Rounds, Mortality Review, Transport Review and Fellows’ Seminars.