Neonatology Fellowship

Neonatology Fellowship

The three-year, ACGME-accredited Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship provides fellows with exceptional training in the areas of clinical care, research and academic scholarship with the goal of preparing them for successful careers in academic neonatology.

The Section of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a three-year, ACGME-accredited Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program. Our mission is to provide fellows with exceptional training in the areas of clinical care, research, and academic scholarship with the goal of preparing the fellow for a successful career in academic neonatology.

We will fulfill this mission by providing the fellow with:

  • Exposure to state-of-the-art neonatal care
  • Access to preeminent researchers and research facilities
  • Close working relationships with leaders in the field of academic neonatology

Upon fellowship completion, the fellow is eligible for certification by the sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics.

The Section of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network, a consortium of the leading neonatal intensive care units in the country that perform cutting-edge, collaborative clinical research. 

What You Need to Know

Quick Facts

  • US News Badge NeonatologyNine ACGME-approved training positions; three per year of training.

  • The Memorial Tournament NICU has 114 beds and is a level IV unit with approximately 1,000 admissions per year.

  • The OSU NICU has 49 beds and is a Level III unit with a high-risk delivery service managed by Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has approximately 4500 deliveries per year with 900 NICU admissions.

  • Eleven 4-week blocks of dedicated NICU service time with in-house call averaging one in five nights over three years.

  • Four weeks of Perinatal Medicine working with OSU Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department.

  • Four weeks of dedicated Neonatal Cardiology service time with a focus on management of post-operative congenital heart disease patients.

  • Six weeks of dedicated Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic experience over three years.

  • Two weeks of Transport Service over three years.

  • One week of BPD service over three years.

  • Weekly and monthly conferences dedicated to Fellow education. 

  • A wide range of academic opportunities are available, including: bench research, clinical research, translational research, quality improvement projects, development of education tools and curricula, and scholarly projects in ethics, and informatics.

  • Opportunity to pursue advanced degrees including a Master of Public Health through The Ohio State University.

  • Broad-based, departmentally supported core curriculum designed to meet ABP training requirements for pediatric subspecialties and wide array of teaching conferences and seminars focused on topics pertinent to NPM.

  • Funding for educational needs (books, journals, technology, and attendance to national meetings).

Training & Experience

The fellowship curriculum encompasses the areas of clinical medicine, research, and career development, and supports our mission to train the next generation of academic neonatologists.

The academic year is divided into 13 4-week blocks in accordance with ACGME training requirements.

Application & Selection

The Neonatology Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a three-year fellowship program seeking physicians who will have completed three years of training in an ACGME-approved pediatric residency program and who will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.

Our fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) universal application process and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Only applications submitted through ERAS will be accepted; hard copy applications submitted via mail, fax, or electronic mail will NOT be accepted. 

The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

  1. Completed online application

  2. Current photograph

  3. Personal statement

  4. At least three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a neonatologist who has worked with the applicant and one from the Program Director. Applicants are advised to provide the Common Letter of Reference (LOR) developed by the Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directorsto all referees.

  5. Dean's letter or MSPE (Medical School Performance Evaluation)

  6. Medical school transcript

  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Ohio, or equivalent scores

  8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, a valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship.

  9. International Graduates:  In accordance with Nationwide Children’s policy, foreign medical graduates must have a J1 VISA, which will require approval from the Designated Institutional Official and the Neonatology Program Director.

Correspondence relating to application materials, inquiries regarding interview season and scheduling of interviews is coordinated through the Neonatology Division office and should be directed to:

Brittany O'Brien
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Division of Neonatology
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-3624


If you need more information or have questions about the Neonatology Fellowship, please contact:

Brittany O'Brien
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-3624