The Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine trains fellows to become both excellent clinicians and academic neonatologists. The division offers a three-year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. The program accepts three fellows each year. In the following sections, you will find an overview of our program, rotation descriptions, and information on how to apply to our program.
Fellows spend 12 months on service, gaining a broad range of clinical experience at the affiliated hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Thirty academic neonatologists direct patient care and provide education at Lurie Children's and Northwestern Medicine (NM) - Prentice Women's Hospital. The NICUs of both hospitals provide training for Northwestern pediatric residents, who receive experience in neonatology as a component of their residency program. Overall, the two hospitals serve a wide referral area of more than 36,000 deliveries from a variety of socioeconomic groups. The Lurie Children's and NM sites participate in national collaborative neonatal clinical trials as well as are involved in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Service.
The NICU of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's) is located in on the Streeterville campus of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has more than 550 annual admissions. All infants at the hospital are outborn, and Lurie Children's provides all aspects of medical and surgical neonatal intensive care. The hospital receives referrals for multiple indications including cardiac, surgical, and liver failure from the Chicago metropolitan area as well as greater Illinois and other states. The NICU is also a regional ECMO referral center. High-risk infants are followed by the NICU team after discharge in the NICU Follow Up Clinic. Lurie Children's NICU also features neonatal nurse practitioners to assist with patient care of critically-ill newborn infants.
The Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern Medicine, immediately adjacent to the Lurie Children's facility, has more than 1,000 annual admissions. High-risk obstetrics units associated with Northwestern Memorial provide experience in managing high-risk maternity patients. Pediatric residents and neonatal-perinatal fellows attend high-risk deliveries. Neonatal-perinatal fellows attend weekly conferences with perinatologists and learn to evaluate high-risk obstetrical situations prenatally. A group of thirteen board-certified maternal-fetal specialists direct the obstetrics units. At NMH, training is enhanced through close affiliation with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program.
Twenty-four months of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program consist of performing clinical or basic research studies in neonatology or developmental biology. Neonatologists and full-time PhD investigators supervise these studies. Fellows have many resources of the University and the medical school at their disposal, though one neonatologist serves as a central mentor during the three years of the program. The research years of the neonatal-perinatal fellowship are key to developing the skills needed for a career in academic neonatology and are designed to teach fellows the fundamentals of clinical or basic research in neonatal-perinatal medicine or developmental biology.
Fellows will have 24 research months to design, execute, present, and publish an original research project. Fellows should choose a basic science or clinical investigator's track at the time of accepting a fellowship with the division. Current research interests of the Division of Neonatology include pulmonary hypertension, genetic lung disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, retinopathy of prematurity, neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants, ethnic disparities in neonatal mortality, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. For many of these areas, both basic science and clinical research projects are ongoing.
Northwestern University was recently awarded a new training grant (National Center for Translational Science TL1) designed to train post doctoral investigators in new and innovative approaches to improving the care of children and adolescents. The training program will bring together scientists conducting research at Lurie Children's Hospital in downtown Chicago and McCormick School of Engineering in Evanston to apply engineering solutions to common clinical problems in children and adolescents. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of pediatricians, engineers, and scientists interested in independent research careers focused on child and adolescent health.
Seminars and Conferences
Fellows are released from service duties to attend mandatory Wednesday afternoon conferences. These conferences rotate between the two hospital sites and consist of divisional academic meetings or Maternal Fetal Medicine conference followed by core curriculum or research conference. Many optional conferences are also available through the Department of Pediatrics and the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Academic Office Coordinator
Division of Neonatology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #45
Chicago, Illinois 60611
For fellowship salary information, visit McGaw Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education.