The Neonatology Fellowship program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a three-year opportunity focused on enhancing fellows’ skills in the following areas:
- Acting independently as an attending neonatologist on each of the two services in the NICU (third program year)
- Day-to-day care of NICU patients
- Leading multidisciplinary rounds supervised by a neonatologist (second program year)
- Neonatology procedures
- Prenatal consultations
Why Train at Wake Forest?
For neonatology fellows, Wake Forest School of Medicine provides a unique opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in two leading Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Winston-Salem, as well as in our NICU Follow Up Clinic for high-risk neonates. Working with 13 faculty neonatologists, our six neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows staff the NICUs at Brenner Children's Hospital (Level IV) and Forsyth Medical Center Sara Lee Center for Women (Level III), which together have a combined capacity of 100 beds.
Career DevelopmentOne of the primary goals of our program is to prepare future neonatologists for an ever-changing practice environment. Our curriculum addresses topics such as NICU design, organization and management to enable fellows to deal with such issues effectively after completing our program. We also help fellows explore career choices, evaluate practice positions, and learn interviewing and negotiating techniques in order to help guide them to positions that best meet their goals.
The program’s introduction to practice management helps fellows to understand an increasingly complex world of managed care, integrated health care systems, capitated systems and a variety of other issues facing the neonatologist entering academic or private practice.
"Our fellowship training program which was established in 1987 and has a number of strengths, including a close working relationship with 12 outstanding faculty members, more than 90 NICU beds in two hospitals, active quality improvement programs at both hospitals, a strong clinical research program, and a follow-up clinic which has operated for more than 37 years."
Jennifer B. Helderman, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Program Director, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Training Program. Read the welcome letter from the director of the Neonatology Fellowship Program.