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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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (the highest designation in Illinois) 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 Fetal-Neonatal Medicine Center sees approximately 1000 patients yearly in antenatal consultation, resulting in ~80-100 NICU admissions annually.

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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 54 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.