Neonatology Program Overview

Neonatology is an incredibly rewarding field, and we’re excited that your interests have led you to consider training in the WVU Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship! We love to train pediatric residents and practicing pediatricians who love physiology and procedures, and those who appreciate the honor of being a baby’s first caregiver. The ERAS application season opens in July each year, with the match taking place in December. If you would like more information about a career in neonatology, you can visit the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties' website or the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 

More Program Information

The WVU Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship is a small program with one fellow per year located in Morgantown, WV.  Our main clinical training site is a 42-bed, Level IV NICU at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital with a full range of pediatric and surgical subspecialists available for consultation.  We have a nearby community hospital training site that offers additional delivery room stabilization experience.  The program supports the transition to fellowship by partnering trainees with a senior fellow during the first month of service and the first month of call, by sponsoring their attendance at a regional simulation boot camp for an in-depth orientation to procedures, and by providing time for general pediatric board preparation.  In addition to bedside teaching, our fellows receive education through regular didactic lectures, flipped classroom discussions, and state-of-the-art simulation training in a dedicated mother-baby suite.  Fellows have 20 months over the course of their training to focus on research under the guidance of a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) and quality improvement projects, which are often coordinated with current national Vermont Oxford Network Quality Collaborative Initiatives.  Fellows have opportunities to pursue basic science, translational, clinical, or health services research.  Fellows are strongly encouraged to present their research and quality improvement work at regional and national conferences.  Graduates of our program have entered both academic and clinical practice.  The program is growing with a new children’s hospital facility opening in the next two years, and an additional faculty member with a special focus on Genetics joining the section of Neonatology in the coming months.

Program Aims

What makes our program different from other Neonatal-Perinatal training fellowships?  We believe our program aims will help you understand our program’s culture and what we hope to achieve over your training period at West Virginia University. 

  • Educate fellows to be excellent clinical neonatologists, who can care for critically ill neonates in any hospital setting and who can assess and appropriately incorporate new research into their practice.
  • Provide fellows with opportunities and resources to become excellent teachers at the bedside, in the simulation lab, and in the classroom.
  • Prepare fellows to plan a clinical research or quality improvement project and lead a multidisciplinary team in these efforts.
  • Help fellows adapt to the needs of underserved communities unique to Appalachia and become expert facilitators of transitions across healthcare settings.
  • Build fellows’ resilience, time-management skills, and recognition of the need for a lifelong strategy for personal wellness to have personal and professional success.

Get to know our fellowship leadership team below, and for photos and recent fellowship updates, please visit our Facebook page.