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Neonatology Fellowship

Our three-year ACGME accredited Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship is designed to provide fellows with exceptional training in clinical care, research, and scholarship. Our goal is to prepare fellows for successful careers in academic neonatology. The core aims of our program include educational excellence, with protected time for interactive, adult-learning oriented conferences, and a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence by creating a workforce that reflects the community we serve.

We will fulfill this mission by providing the fellow with:

  • Exposure to state-of-the-art neonatal care including a fetal surgery and delivery program, ECMO in the NICU, and preeminent programs in bronchopulmonary dysplasia, small baby care, and infant feeding disorders.
  • Access to preeminent researchers and research facilities
  • 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 for fellows to pursue master’s degrees through the Ohio State University in fields such as Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research, Public Health, and Medical Education. Funding opportunities are also available
  • Broad-based, departmentally supported core curriculum designed to meet ABP training requirements for pediatric subspecialties
  • Funding for educational needs (books, journals, technology, and attendance to national meetings)
  • A unique model of weekly protected education time during which fellows are released from service and are never post-call

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

What You Need to Know

Quick Facts

  • US News Badge Neonatology12 ACGME-approved training positions; four per year of training.

  • The Nationwide Children's Hospital NICU has 130 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 six 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.

  • Three weeks of Transport Service over three years.

  • One month of BPD service over three years.

  • Weekly and monthly conferences dedicated to fellow education. 

Training & Experience

The fellowship curriculum encompasses the areas of clinical medicine, research, 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. Equity is our number one recruiting priority and all applications undergo holisitic review by a diverse group of screeners.

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 Directors to 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 on a visa should 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:

Diana Crenshaw
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Division of Neonatology
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4559


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

Diana Crenshaw
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-4559