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COMSEP Meeting in Ottawa, ON

Poster Presentation:

Jumpstart to NICU Nutrition: a pilot online case-based curriculum for medical trainees

Kelly C. Sanders,University of California, San Francisco,San Francisco,CA,Thomas Shimotake,University of California, San Francisco,San Francisco,CA,Michele Long,University of California, San Francisco,San Francisco,CA


Students often have little exposure to NICU medicine during clerkships and may feel overwhelmed by the terminology and complicated management during first-time exposure to the clinical setting. An informal needs assessment of students and faculty at UCSF highlighted trainee anxiety and underscored the need for additional training in foundational NICU medicine principles. To meet this need, we designed and are implementing a NICU nutrition module as the pilot for a case-based interactive online curriculum.


Create an online interactive case-based module targeted to teach foundational NICU knowledge in neonatal nutrition.


Six trainees, including three subinterns and three early interns will complete the pilot module, and assessment results will be analyzed before COMSEP and ready for presentation. Assessment strategy will include a pre & post knowledge assessment. Standardized satisfaction values will be obtained and compared to school norms. For the initial pilot, we will examine and compare frequencies and mean scores to assess learning.


This online interactive case based module will be the first in a series focusing on neonatal ICU medicine to be developed by trainees in concert with faculty guidance. We anticipate that trainees will develop a solid baseline foundation in neonatal nutrition, allowing them to learn more detailed and nuanced approaches to nutritional management while in the NICU, in addition to decreasing anxiety around this complicated topic. With success of the pilot module, the authors plan to expand the curriculum to include more modules and to target learners across institutions.