In order to facilitate the discussion of neonatology as a career and encourage more fellows and attendings to share their knowledge with the group without needing to have all of SDN see what they have to say, we have created a private neonatology group which can be found under "Special groups". Please join so we can see how this will work. You can always drop out. Here is the group FAQ. Group description: Purpose: To enhance discussion about neonatology as a career and about careers involving neonatal intensive care among attendings, fellows, residents, medical students and premeds. Comparisons between specialty training in different pediatric fields is also appropriate. Postings within the group are not visible to non-members. Target membership: Neonatologists, neonatal fellows, pediatric residents, medical students and premedical students who are contemplating training in neonatology in the US or who are practicing in the US. Other medical specialties such as other pediatric specialists or OB that have an interest in neonatology education may join. However, the primary target is those with a potential interest in becoming US-trained neonatologists or pediatricians doing substantial amounts of neonatal care (moonlighting or hospitalists) as well as current neonatologists. Neonatal nurse practioners, RT, PT, OT, and dietitians may also join in, although these careers are not the primary focus of this group. Non-medical personnel should not join but post in the other SDN forums as appropriate. Target themes: Description of programs both in general and specifics including how the 3 years are divided, night call, etc. Discussion of research opportunities in neonatology for trainees. Discussion of family life and career pathways involving neonatology. Discussion of careers as an NNP, etc compared to a neonatologist or hospitalist. Some discussion of specific research topics may be included. Non-permitted themes of discussion: Any specific patient care issue that could be traced to an individual patient or circumstance. Details of medical management protocols (for this please go to 99nicu.org). Discussions of ethical issues in neonatology (please use the Topics in Healthcare or Sociopolitical forums of SDN for these). How to join: Apply as in the post below. If you are not an SDN member whose identity I otherwise know, please let me know in the submission box for membership your real first name, position, and your current institution. You are encouraged to provide your real first name in your posts, but may maintain on-line anonymity after providing your real first name, position and institution to the moderator. Moderator: Moderator is "oldbearprofessor" (OBP), a Professor of Pediatrics and attending neonatologist for over 15 years. I will not share your name and institution with the group. Other: This is a professional forum and all discussion must be appropriate for such a setting. If you wouldn't say it on sign-out rounds, don't say it here.