Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Patricia Chess, M.D.

Patricia Chess, M.D., Director
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Fellowship Program

The goal of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester is to equip pediatricians with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need for a successful career in Neonatology. Our fellows are provided a broad range of clinical, academic, teaching, and administrative opportunities that allow them to personalize their neonatology training to best suit their clinical or academic long-term career objectives. The division has a long and distinguished history of educating neonatologists, many of whom have gone on to become national and international leaders. Learn more about what makes us unique.

The fellowship is a three-year ACGME-accredited program with two to three fellows per year of training. The program accepts applications through ERAS. Individuals who have completed a certified pediatric residency, and who are US citizens, permanent residents, or who hold a J1 visa are considered for fellowship training.

The program provides intensive training in the clinical care of high-risk newborns in a busy, Level IV NICU and a Level II Special Care Unit with 1,200 and 450 admissions per year respectively, serving a 13-county referral region with over 14,000 deliveries per year. All aspects of clinical care, including ECMO, iNO, all needed subspecialists, pediatric surgeons (general, CT, urologic, ENT, etc.) are available on site. Neonatal nurse practitioners help optimize care and education. The NICU at Golisano Children's Hospital serves all neonates in the Finger Lakes region of New York State who need intensive care. With active mentorship from faculty researchers, fellows also gain experience in clinical and translational research, study design, analysis, presentation, and publication. Fifteen full-time neonatologists and eight PhD faculty provide a variety of opportunities for scholarly pursuit, focusing on NIH and other extramural-funded research including neonatal lung disease, immunology and vaccine biology, neurology (hyperbilirubinemia, HIE, seizure treatment), and simulation-based education. Scholarly oversight committee meetings occur three times per year to optimize fellows' progress. Opportunities to pursue additional advanced degrees such as an MPH are available. The faculty and staff provide training in a friendly and supportive environment with high standards for excellence in care of families and their infants, in clinical and laboratory research, and in education of pediatric residents, medical students, and the community.

The University of Rochester is located in a mid-sized city in upstate New York, with a population of 200,000. The Greater Rochester area, with a population of 1.1 million, is known for its beautiful landscape, arts, music, theater, high quality public schools, and reasonable cost of living. Learn more about life in Rochester.

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Neonatology Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The Neonatology program at Golisano Children's Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report (2011-2012). Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for more than 1,100 babies a year.