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Welcome! We are very excited about our new ACGME-accredited Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC). The program provides trainees with a broad range of experiential clinical, research, teaching and leadership opportunities with the goal of training physicians to achieve excellence in all four domains. The 60-bed, state-of-the-art level 3 single-family-room NICU provides specialized care for premature and full term infants, including high-frequency and NAVA ventilation, therapeutic hypothermia and ECMO. The High-Risk Follow-Up Clinic sees approximately 500 patients per year, including very low birth weight infants (VLBW), infants with congenital heart disease and those who received therapeutic hypothermia. The Rush Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Center sees approximately 1000 patients yearly in antenatal consultation, resulting in approximately 80-100 NICU admissions annually.

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We are accredited for 2 fellows per year. The robust fellowship curriculum is based on the six ACGME core competencies with the majority of clinical responsibilities focused over the first two years. The program has a strong focus on simulation-based education for procedural skill, clinical management and teamwork training. Fellows are required to participate in scholarly activity, and 16.5 months are dedicated to research. Additionally, fellows can complete a Master’s in Health Systems Management (ranked #5 in the country) or a Master’s or PhD in clinical research.

The 12-faculty Division of Neonatology has a long-standing history of basic, clinical and translational research, and robust quality improvement and simulation programs. The Division has collectively published 63 papers in peer-reviewed journals over the past five years. The multidisciplinary, cutting-edge Rush Human Milk Research Program has a long history of sustained funded research and focuses on translational studies of human milk and human milk feeding for preterm and high-risk infants. The innovative program is the first of its kind and has a national and international reputation.