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Education Opportunities

Individualized Learning

In addition to diverse clinical experiences, fellows develop their own educational roadmap that meets their individual career goals. Fellows’ unique interests are fostered by engaging in clinical, laboratory-based, translational, quality improvement, biomedical ethics or educational research. Fellows receive strong mentorship from well established faculty clinicians, clinician-scientists, and basic scientists who uphold core professional values and are successful in their own careers while maintaining work-life balance. In addition, fellows may obtain a master’s degree with a 95% tuition reimbursement benefit.


Fellows participate in a wide array of simulation-based educational activities to hone their clinical, technical, communication, and teamwork skills. They train in interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams, both in simulation centers and in the clinical environment. In addition, they attain the fundamental skills to conduct simulations and team-based debriefings as instructors.These skills are developed further as they train to become NRP instructors. Learn more about the Simulation Program.


Be at the Forefront of Advances in Medical Education

Fellows participate in educational innovations that improve their engagement during educational activities and the way they learn through the introduction of new technologies and teaching methods such as the flipped classroom.  Fellows who are interested in a clinician-educator career have opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored education-based projects and become involved with educational initiatives through national organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Vermont Oxford Network, and ACGME (through the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Innovator grant), as well as pursuing a master of science degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education.

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Our Program Leaders are National Educational Leaders

Patricia Chess, MD, MS.Ed (program director), was the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD) from 2015-2017. She is the editor-in-chief of the First Edition of Avery’s Neonatology Board Review textbook, which was authored and reviewed by many URMC Neonatology faculty.  She is also a member of the Academic Pediatric Association’s National Academy of Distinguished Educators. Rita Dadiz, DO, (associate program director) serves as a vice-chair of the ONTPD National Neonatology Curriculum and is a local and national leader in simulation.

Masters Programs

Combined Program: Master in Public Health (MPH) - Clinical Investigation Track

Since 1999, the Department of Public Health Sciences has offered a Master’s program that focuses on health services research training for clinicians. Those completing this program receive the degree, Master in Public Health (40 credits). Individuals are trained to combine clinical knowledge and health services research with course work that includes clinical epidemiology, clinical decision-making, and the evaluation of health care services. Although the degree can be successfully completed in three years in conjunction with the Neonatology Fellowship, in many cases the MPH thesis work may require an additional 6-12 months.

Combined Program: Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) - Medical Management (MS)

The Master of Science in Medical Management (MS) part-time program is offered by the Simon School of Business to provide healthcare professionals with the tools to enable independent management of their healthcare organizations. The Master’s program teaches practical business skills and facilitates a basic understanding of key business issues that confront medical professionals. The program includes four quarters of course work: business core classes and health care management classes. The fifth quarter includes a team project that provides experience in applying the skills acquired in the classroom.

Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MHPE)

The Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MHPE) is an interdisciplinary program for healthcare professionals who want to develop their leadership and teaching skills in healthcare education. It is offered through collaboration with the Warner School of Education, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The program consists of a total of 30 credits, with five core courses that establish foundational knowledge in teaching and learning in higher education and educational research methods and 5 courses chosen based on an individual’s career goals.

Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy is a 37 credit, three-semester curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct high-quality health services research and policy analysis. Students completing the program will be prepared to take positions in a wide variety of private and public institutions engaged in healthcare management, health services research, or health policy work.

Other Master's and Advanced Certificate Programs

A variety of 5 course New York State advanced certificate programs are offered. Additional programs may be pursued during fellowship with prior approval of the program director.