Welcome to the Ethics and Professionalism in Neonatology Curriculum

This is an innovative 3-year curriculum that partners with OPENPediatrics, a free interactive digital learning platform sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital.

This curriculum, which incorporates adult learning theory and objectives based on neonatal-perinatal medicine training requirements and results from our national needs assessment, has been successfully peer-reviewed and piloted. Using the ‘flipped classroom’ approach, you will view peer-reviewed videos and case-based chapters by national experts, as well as suggested topic articles. The lessons are written and developed by content experts in the fields of neonatology and clinical ethics. Then, if applicable at your institution, you will attend an interactive in-class to delve into either in-depth group discussion, simulation or enacted role-play, depending on the lesson and available resources at your institution. In-class sessions reinforce both knowledge and skills and are facilitated by your own faculty, using our Facilitator Guides. This curriculum can help participants achieve competency and confidence in these important domains, crucial to the field of neonatology. To continue to assess the efficacy of our curriculum, de-identified data will be collected and analyzed, with IRB approval. 

We truly appreciate your participation and feedback. As co-creators of this curriculum, we are always available to assist with questions you may have, both in deciding whether to complete this curriculum individually or implement this curriculum into your program and throughout the year. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your participation!



    Christy Cummings, MD     Gina Geis, MD
    Neonatologist, Ethics Associate,

    Neonatologist, Chair of the Ethics Review Committee,

    Boston Children's Hospital     Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,                   Associate Professor for the Center for Bioethics, Education and Research,
    Harvard Medical School      Albany Medical College
    christy.cummings@childrens.harvard.edu     geisg@amc.edu