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Dear colleagues!

There is a burning question on my mind. Has anybody done one oft these two part-time distance learning MSc programs - MSc Neonatology (University of Southampton - https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/neonatology-masters-msc) or MSc Neonatal Medicine (Cardiff University - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/neonatal-medicine-msc-part-time)? If so, what was your experience with it? Would you do it all over again? Was it worth its money? Was it compatible with working full-time?

Initially I wanted to join a PhD program, but unfortunately this is almost impossible right now and probably for the next few years at my hospital as there are almost exclusively neonatal clinicians working here although it's a (relatively new) university hospital. That's why I am searching for academic alternatives and found these two already mentioned programs.

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I did MS in Neonatology with the University of Southampton, it is an excellent experience.

I am a better neonatologist after completing each module, this is the bottom line.

Of course, the degree depends hugely on self learning, but who and how can motivate you, that is the essence of how effective that kind of learning.

Each module is divided into 3 parts: 1- online discussion about a subject , the tutor starts a thread and stimulate the participants to engage in the discussion and show your expertise,  your knowledge and your efforts to search new evidence. So it is not about a lecture you read and retain some information and forget them later. 

There is a mark for online contribution in the discussions (quality and quantity)

2- mcq exam at the end .

3- Assignment.

Four  years after completing the haemodynamics module, as an example,  I am still on the track , at a higher level of knowledge and understanding. Ironically most of NICUs are adopting traditions and dogmas for managing hypotension and PPHN, and it is so challenging to change, but maintaining up-to-date insightful knowledge, you will be capable of implementing improvements.

A great advantage of the degree us that you will gain a  huge experience in academic writing , through the online discussions and the assignments. 

Evidence based practice, this degree is the real chance to understand, practice and be capable to teach EBP.

Money wise , yes costly, but there is a chance to do modules as CPD , with less expensive fees.

Time and convenience,  even if u do one module per year, that is very good.

If you do Neonatal nutrition in 3 and half months then work on teaching and improving practice in your unit , for the rest of the year then move to another module. This is how it should work,  not just a line in my CV , it is a way of life as a good neonatologist 

It is convenient, yes a hard work but generally convenient. 

Good luck

Omayma Hemida 





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