Neonatology and Perinatology

Application Deadline

October 1

Length of Program

3 years

Program Start Date

July 5

Number of Positions Available

5

Overview

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) Training Program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides fellows with the comprehensive training they need to become outstanding, compassionate neonatology clinicians, skilled researchers, and confident educators. The program is tailored to each individual’s interests and career goals, offering opportunities for scholarship through a wide range of activities. Graduates of our program go on to advance the field throughout their careers through leadership, research, and education.

Clinical Care

The clinical experiences available to our fellows expose them to a wide variety of neonatal problems and conditions and the full range of severity of illness. Fellows are responsible for all patients on the clinical service and develop expertise in managing neonates with any medical and surgical diagnosis. Our unique Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit provides fellows opportunities to manage patients with congenital heart disease throughout their initial hospitalization, both before and after surgical intervention. Through our excellence in neonatal respiratory management, fellows learn to provide care in a manner that leads to minimal long-term complications. For the sickest patients we provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support when traditional management is not sufficient. Fellows are integral members of the medical and surgical teams who care for all of our patients.

Research

All fellows develop a substantive individual research project and complete a scholarly product that will add to the general knowledge of their subject area and advance their academic career. Fellows are encouraged to develop a clinical, translational, or basic science research project based on their unique interests and career goals. Each fellow works with a mentor who will guide him or her through the project, and there are many opportunities for fellows to present their research at local and national meetings. The curriculum also includes activities and workshops designed to provide a background understanding of evidence-based medicine, statistical methods, as well as support for manuscript writing, grant preparation, and presentation skills. Through these activities fellows develop the skills needed for a successful academic career and for life-long learning.

Education

Throughout the program fellows have opportunities to teach other healthcare professionals with different levels of experience, and fellows are integral to the training of pediatric residents and medical students who rotate through our NICU. They learn effective communication skills that are useful in interactions with other team members and with the families of our critically ill patients.

Fellows work in multidisciplinary teams to improve our systems of healthcare delivery and ensure a safe practice environment. Every fellow participates in quality improvement projects within the NICU and participates in the patient safety activities of our unit. Fellows also practice and share their own activities that create balance in their lives and promote long-term personal well-being. From the first day of the training program, fellows are critical members of our neonatal intensive care community.

How to Apply

Information for prospective fellow applicants may found on the Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program (ONTPD) website.

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and open each July for the next application cycle. Please submit your common MyERAS application form along with the following documents via the ERAS system:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members at your institution, including one from your program director or chair
  • Board scores

Once your application is complete, we will contact you to schedule an interview. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program, and decisions will be communicated on Match Day.

Contact

Cynthia Abreu
Program Coordinator
212-305-8500
ca176@cumc.columbia.edu