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The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Children’s Hospital has maintained continuous accreditation since 1984. The program trains clinicians to provide state-of-the-art care to premature and ill neonates. Fellows are provided with a comprehensive educational curriculum, as well as an in-depth research experience individually tailored to each trainee. The academic program also provides training in clinical and basic science research, quality improvement, educational methodology, and multidisciplinary team leadership. Fellows receive protected learning time for didactic lectures, simulation, and journal clubs. They are also trained in providing prenatal consultations and neurodevelopmental follow-up. The fellowship provides additional clinical rotations in cardiology and maternal-fetal medicine.
As a Level IV NICU and regional referral center, Penn State Children’s Hospital has a full complement of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists and a strong combination of patient acuity, diversity, and complexity. The Perinatal Center attracts a diverse mix of complicated pregnancies, and the center’s close proximity to a concentrated Amish and Mennonite populations provides trainees with exposure to rare genetic and metabolic disorders.
Program faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in many areas of basic, clinical, and translational research, as well as Quality Improvement including:
- Autonomic regulation
- Neonatal hypoglycemia
- Neonatal neurology
- Pulmonary immunology
Faculty have expertise in the areas of:
- Assessment of neonatal pain and stress
- Brain injury
- Medical education
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome
- Technology innovation
Fellows benefit from the contained size of our program, which allows for close supervision and mentoring by faculty in research and clinical practice. Learn more about life in Hershey, PA, here.
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- 12 months of clinical service in the Level IV NICU (five rotations in year one, four rotations in year two and three rotations in year three)
- Required electives:
- Cardiology/Cardiothoracic surgery
- Maternal-fetal medicine
- Participation in a mentored research project
- Leadership of a quality improvement project
- Participation in antenatal consultations
- Participation in NICU Neurodevelopmental Clinic
- Protected learning time for conference participation
- Fellow Physiology Lecture Series
- Fellows’ College
- Journal Club
- Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Perinatal Conference
- 20 vacation days per year
All applications must be submitted through ERAS, and the program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
ERAS opens for applications the first week of July and the application review process begins mid-July, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
All applicants must have completed a residency from an American Board of Pediatrics approved training program.
Qualified candidates will be:
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
- Board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics
- Pennsylvania medical training license eligible
Required Supporting Documents
The following documents should be uploaded to ERAS for review:
- ERAS application, inclusive of current photograph
- Personal statement
- Curriculum vitae
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- Four letters of recommendation, including one from current program director
International medical graduates must hold a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for the match. The program accepts J-1 visas.
Applications will be reviewed once the ERAS application is complete. Qualified candidates are invited for an interview; one night of lodging is paid for the day before the interview.
All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
Pediatric Research Day
Pediatric Research Day is an event that celebrates the promise of today’s research becoming tomorrow’s medical advances. This event also is an opportunity for researchers and caregivers at Penn State College of Medicine, other Penn State campuses, and in the community to discover new applications for their work or to talk about potential areas for collaboration.
Fellow presentations (March, 2019):
- Imtiaz Ahmed, MBBS – All trans-retinoic acid modifies the response of A549 alveolar epithelial cells to hyperoxia.
- Mentor – Zissis C. Chroneus, PhD
- Tracey Harris, DO – Genetic variation in ZnT2 (H346Q) is associated with higher postnatal infection rates in preterm infants.
- Mentor – Kim K. Doheny, PhD
- Kashish Mehra, MD – Trends in the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia after the introduction of NAVA (neurally adjusted ventilator assist) mode of ventilation.
- Mentor – Mitchell Kresch, MD