Research and Education


Education is an important part of our commitment to high-quality patient care at MANA; a team effort that involves our entire neonatal care staff. We offer initiatives to train the next generation of neonatal experts and events to bolster clinical practice. MANA physicians have been recognized for their teaching excellence and our NICU is frequently the favored rotation for pediatric residents.

Student Education

Many students spend time in the NICU, including medical students, nursing students, and students studying to become an advanced practitioner. Medical students spend 1 week of their pediatric rotation in the NICU, and advanced practitioner students are in the NICU for up to 6 months. Students receive regularly scheduled lectures from our attending physicians and shadow neonatal care staff in all daily care activities. MANA staff participate in the core lecture series for medical and nursing students, attend recruiting events and give neonatology lectures at several local colleges and high schools.

Resident Education

MANA hosts residents from the Pediatrics and Family Medicine Departments as well as Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows. At any one time we may have 3-4 residents in the NICU, which means our residents tend to have a more personalized training experience; one in which they can form a relationship with our staff, participate in more hands-on procedures, and contribute to research and quality improvement initiatives. Pediatric residents that are interested in neonatology as a sub-specialty may opt to spend more time in the NICU.

Continuing Education & Events

The field of neonatology evolves rapidly as new therapies and devices become available. MANA offers many events focused on continuing education, in order to keep our NICU staff aware of the latest clinical advances.

  • Journal club
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program education
  • Visiting faculty lectures
  • neoFORUM – an annual two-day conference widely attended by neonatal staff from around the region
  • Nursing conferences and lecture series
  • Palliative Care Symposium
  • Monthly Lunch & Learns


Dr. Eckman

The Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey (BRlnj) is a non-profit medical research organization in pursuit of experimental discovery, medical advances, and the improvement of human health. BRlnj grew out of a collaboration between research scientists and clinicians from MANA; under the belief that innovative medical research will lead to improved clinical outcomes. While independent, MANA and BRlnj are fully-integrated, which allows MANA’s clinical staff the opportunity to work in a sophisticated laboratory environment alongside dedicated scientists from a variety of disciplines. BRlnj is a dynamic and interactive research center.

Learn more about BRInj:
140 E. Hanover Ave.,
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
(973) 998-7210

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