Fellowship Program

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.

Mission Statement

The program’s mission is to be a leading Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship within the nation that provides education and skills necessary in providing state-of-the-art patient and research skills that will enable sub-specialty fellow(s) to contribute to the progress of the field of neonatology, leading to improvement of healthcare to the infants in Florida, our nation and the world.

Program Aims

The overall aim of the University of Florida Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship is to provide the highest level of education for our trainees, through rigorous academic standards and research training. The program’s aims are to graduate successful neonatologists that can make a positive impact as leaders and advocates in the field and in our community. Academic Standards include:

  • At least 90% of our fellows will score at their level of training or above on their ITEs
  • At least 90% of our graduates will become board-certified within 2 years of graduation.
  • Research: 100% of our fellows will have a scholarly product prior to their graduation and will have presented such product at a national meeting.
  • Advancement of the field: At least 60% of our fellows will go into academic practice.

About Gainesville

Gainesville is a university community located in North Central Florida midway between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is known for its natural beauty with its stately live oaks and many springs, lakes, and rivers.

Highlights of our Program

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.


supported by Neonatal Grand Rounds, and Robust clinical conferences including the 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.

Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of Florida, we strongly believe in the value of diversity in our training program and our community. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.  Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion.

Program Leadership​

Associate Program Director

Josef Neu, MD

(352) 273-8985

Josef Neu

Apply Today

The University of Florida’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program normally accepts three new fellows each year, with a total of up to nine fellows at a time in our program.