​Fellowship in Neonatology

Background

The Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, not for profit, international University first established in 1983, with 11 teaching sites in eight countries. 

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi is offering training in Neonatology within the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. This fellowship has been offered to contribute to attainment of the highest possible level of health for all children in East Africa by promoting high quality care, teaching, research and advocacy in neonatology. The program exists to promote and advance knowledge, skills and practice of healthcare workers in neonatology in East Africa.

The successful candidate will have a duo reporting to Fellowship Program Director and Chair department of Paediatrics and Child Health. This is a two-year competency based program offered at the Aga Khan University Hospital during which fellows attain specified competencies and complete case based study and as outlined in the neonatology training curriculum. 


Program Objectives include:

  • To provide standards and guidelines for certification in neonatology training and practice.

  • To promote and advance knowledge, skills and practice in neonatology. 

  • To promote relevant research in neonatology

  • To develop relevant guidelines for prevention, diagnosis and management in neonatology. 

  • To collaborate with relevant colleges, organizations, and associations in the Region and internationally as appropriate

  • To promote care for neonates through advocacy for improved awareness, prevention, and access to high-quality care in the region


Minimum fellowship admission requirements:

​Candidates will be considered eligible for trainee fellowship in the Child Neurology Fellowship Program if they have completed:

  • MBChB or equivalent

  • Post-graduate MMED training in Paediatrics and child Health or equivalent

Training posts will be offered through a transparent competitive selection process that would include consideration of a written application, a shortlisting and interview process.


Personal attributes: 

  • Demonstrate high level clinical skills and display an understanding of family engagement in the care of children with neurology conditions.  

  • Good communication skills 

  • Ability to be an effective team player and manager

  • An organized learner with an appropriate training mindset


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Assess and manage patients 

  • Conduct daily ward rounds. Participate actively in all matters relating to patient care and contribute to decision-making during daily rounds, with assistance from the attending staff 

  • Review and examine patients consistently by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering diagnostic laboratory and radiology studies in discussion with consultants.   

  • Monitor patients’ progress on a regular basis. 

  • Participate in clinics and external rotations as assigned / determined by the curriculum rotation while being mindful of timely completion of log book requirements.

  • Initiate discussions with patient and care givers to enable better diagnostic and therapeutic medical care and services. 

  • Provide telephone guidance to physicians seeking advice from the AKUHN affiliated staff for acute neonatology problems during evenings and weekends/holidays, with backup provided from the attending staff 

  • Assist in the performance of certain technical procedures, such as central venous catheter insertion, arterial line insertion, etc. as per privileges under the supervision of the attending physician 

  • Approve/clarify orders (investigations, consultations and treatments) written by junior house staff in cases of uncertainty 

  • Assist in the examination and observation of emergency cases by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering diagnostic laboratory and radiology studies

  • Attend to critical patients in a timely manner. When necessary, carry out privileged and potentially life-saving emergency surgical and medical procedures as per privileges and competency. 

  • Educate patients on wellness, prevention and early detection of neonatology conditions.  

  • Provide appropriate materials, resources and referrals to patients, family members/care givers. 

  • Educate patients on informed consent, choice of attending physician and right to seek second opinion. Present cases at ward and clinic-pathology/ multidisciplinary rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds. 

  • Provide regular junior resident teaching, under the supervision of the attending staff 

  • Supervision and education of junior house staff.

  • Take charge of morning rounds, and be the first voice in generating patient management 

  • Liaise with the consultants and various department. Initiate timely discussions with relevant consultants/departments to arrive at the best treatment plan for specialized cases. 

  • Attend morning hand-over and sign-out rounds to assist in transferring care to/from the on-call teams. 

  • Ensure that daily progress notes are made on all patients. 

  • Assist in screening potential transfers/admissions to/from critical care units, with assistance from the attending staff.