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About Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) subspecialists provide comprehensive medical care for the newborn infant, particularly the ill or premature infant, and serve as consultants to pediatricians caring for newborns and to obstetricians caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. Training programs in NPM provide the experience and education needed to develop special competence in the management of critically ill neonates with medical and surgical problems. A neonatologist possess in depth knowledge of fetal and neonatal physiology and the clinical skills to diagnose and manage problems seen in the prenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods, including long-term neurodevelopmental follow up.
Training consists of a three year fellowship in an ACGME-accredited NPM Fellowship Training Program following successful completion of a pediatric or medicine/pediatric residency. During training, NPM fellows acquire clinical competence and develop necessary skills for life-long learning, teaching and scholarship. Satisfactory completion of fellowship includes the conduct and completion of a scholarly work product and results in board eligibility from the American Board of Pediatrics.
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is pleased to welcome the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine program directors. The sponsoring organizations are the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics (SoPPe) (http://www.aap.org/sections/perinatal/default.cfm) and the Organization of Neonatology Training Program Directors (http://www.aap.org/sections/ontpdr.htm) of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please refer to the Schedule of Dates for the specific Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Match dates.
Specialty Matches conducted by the NRMP are not centralized applications services. Candidates apply directly to the fellowship program that interests them.
Once a match begins, registered participants have access to a real-time directory of registered programs located in the Match Site. Program Directors also will have access to a real-time listing of applicants registered for the current match. Another source of information is the Graduate Medical Education Directory published by the American Medical Association. This publication includes the names and addresses of all accredited programs regardless of whether the program participates in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Specialty Match.
Visit the sponsoring organization's websites for information about the application process. For more information and statistics on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowships, log on to the American Medical Association's interactive online program called Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FREIDA).
Before registering, please review the SMS Match Participation Agreement. By registering with the match and submitting a certified rank order list (ROL), applicants and programs agree to abide by the outcome of the match. Failure to do so is a breach of the Agreement and violators may be subject to penalties under the NRMP's Violations Policy. Both applicants and programs must follow the cardinal rule that neither must ask the other to make a commitment before the submission of ROLs. It is to be expected that one may express a high level of interest in the other; however, it is not acceptable for one to ask the other how one will be ranked.
Any verbal or written contract between an applicant and a program prior to the submission of the ROL is a material violation of the SMS Match Participation Agreement, and violators may be subject to penalties under the NRMP's Violations Policy. The final preference of program directors and applicants as reflected on the submitted ROLs will determine the offering of positions and the placement of applicants.
The Application Process
Candidates must apply to the programs of their choice using the method accepted by the program. The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship will participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). ERAS, a service developed by the AAMC, transmits application materials via the Internet to programs in residency and selected fellowship specialties.
Program directors review candidates' credentials and, if interested, invite them for interviews. Applicants also are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a fellowship position prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.
Applicants who have not completed prerequisite training in an accredited ACGME program in the U.S., or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
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