Since the inception of our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program in 1974, our objective is to train future leaders in the exemplary advancement and practice of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Our moderately sized program is Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited for a total complement of 9 fellows (three per year). Fellows chosen for our program will see the quality and quantity of patients that facilitate extraordinary clinical training. Upon completion of the three-year program, our graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. They acquire knowledge and expertise in newborn critical care and convalescence, research design and interpretation of findings, as well as leadership and delivery of education skills. As such, they are highly competitive for positions in either academic or private practice settings. In addition to many holding positions as Directors of nurseries/NICUs in private practice settings, half of our graduates over the last 20 years are currently in academic positions including physician scientists and clinician educators. We consider the education of our fellows, as well as their personal and professional development, our top priorities.
Highlights of our program include:
- Comprehensive clinical training in the UF Health system [Maternal-Fetal-Medicine (MFM) prenatal clinic, delivery room, level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Intermediary NICU, high-risk infant follow-up clinic, Congenital Heart Center Intensive Care Unit, among others].
- Education supported by: 1) Neonatal Grand Rounds, 2) Robust clinical conferences (Chief’s Clinical Case, Journal Club, Multi-Disciplinary Perinatal Conference, Pediatric Fellow’s Research Conference and Core Curriculum Conference, Neonatology and Pediatric Grand Rounds, Mock codes)
- Mentored research experience in basic, translational, or clinical research (not restricted to Division of Neonatology Faculty projects), that leads to publication and presentation of findings at national meetings or the completion of an advanced degree.
- Annual day-long retreat where fellows offer feedback through an objective third-party about their fellowship experience and actively participate in generating solutions to facilitate improvement in the program with each successive fellowship class.