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The neonatologist in the future needs to have a strong clinical foundation to continue learning and to practice medicine during the exciting changes that will occur during the 21st century. Our fellows practice at different NICUs (level III/IV). Care is provided for all types of patients ranging from normal deliveries to critically ill newborns who are transferred to our hospital requiring complex surgery or ECMO. We believe that using Evidence-based medicine and understanding research techniques and strategies will provide tools for the candidate to understand the medical literature and to develop approaches to answer new questions to advance the care of newborns.

The fellowship training program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There is full salary support for all three years. Dr. Alison Carey is Director of the Division of Neonatology and Dr. Anja Mowes is the training Program Director. Our program accepts three first year fellows each year.

Mission Statement

The Fellowship Program's mission is to prepare trainees for a career in academic Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. We accomplish this goal by offering exposure to a large, diverse population of patients along with in depth training in research design, techniques, and hypothesis generated experiments. If interested, fellows are guided through the steps in preparing a grant.

Neonatology Fellowship

Neonatology Fellowship

Tower Health

Program Interviews with Dr. Alison Carey and Dr. Anja Mowes.

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What Our Fellows are Saying: Neonatology Fellowship Program

What Our Fellows are Saying: Neonatology Fellowship Program

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Program Facts 

Program Accreditation ACGME
Program Accreditation ID# 3294121082
Program Size 9
Program Founded 1984
Program Success Rate 100%

Training Sites

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

The 39-bed level 4 NICU at St. Christopher’s Hospital is a referral center. All of our infants are transferred in, mainly from level 3 NICUs in Philadelphia and the tri-state area. We provide care for all types of patients ranging from preterm infants to critically ill newborns who are transferred to our hospital because they require surgical intervention or ECMO. Many of our patients have complex medical problems and need multidisciplinary attention. We work closely with our subspecialists in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Nephrology, cardiology, Metabolic and Genetic Diseases, Immunology, Pulmonology, and Gastroenterology.

Abington Hospital Jefferson Health

Abington Hospital has a very busy maternal fetal medicine service and approximately 5000 deliveries per year. The involvement of our fellows starts with perinatal consults and the attendance of high-risk deliveries. Almost half of our fellows’ service time throughout the 3-year fellowship takes place in their challenging 32-bed level 3 NICU. Mentored by an excellent team of attendings, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, our fellows become proficient in the care of extremely low birth weight infants.

Application Requirements


We are happy to accept applications for our Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine from physicians who will have completed an ACGME approved residency program and are eligible for board certification. Three letters of recommendation from physicians familiar with the applicant's clinical work should be included with the application. (One of the letters of recommendation should be from the Pediatric Program Director.) Once all documentation is complete in ERAS, the application will be reviewed and competitive candidates will be offered interviews.

Pennsylvania law requires all fellows to have successfully completed all three Steps of the USMLE prior to entering their fellowship. Therefore, to be placed on the NRMP match list, the applicant must have successfully passed all levels of the USMLE prior to the time the match list is to be submitted.

Foreign Medical graduates who have satisfied the requirements listed above are invited to apply after they have successfully completed the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) process and have a valid certificate number and U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Residence or a valid U.S. J-1 Visa.

How to Apply

Please use the ERAS application service. An application must be complete before a candidate is invited for an interview.

Interviews will be scheduled from September to November. Selection notification/selection occurs in the fall. 

Program start date: July 1