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We are proud to introduce and provide you with information on our Neonatal Fellowship Program at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which has been in existence for almost 50 years. Because of the reputation of our division and educational opportunities, we are able to attract the most qualified and accomplished fellows from the US and around the world. Our program has trained over 120 fellows who now serve as program directors, division chiefs, academic and clinical neonatologists in the US and around the world.

The general aim of the fellowship program is to provide well-balanced neonatal/perinatal training which will result in a combination of excellence in patient care skills, strong medical knowledge, proficiency in teaching, good interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism. Of great importance, on completion of training, fellows will be competent in performing basic or clinical research and advance knowledge in the field.. The ultimate goal of the training program is to prepare neonatologists who can succeed in an academic career or become role models and leaders in clinical neonatology.

ACGME Accredited: Yes 
Residents or Fellows per year: Three to four
Duration: Three years
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes  
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Jersey
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital, New Jersey
  • Rochester University, New York
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • University of ULM, Germany
  • Catholic University of Chile
  • University Hospital Austral, Argentina

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Jackson North Medical Center


First year Fellowship: calls six per month
Second year Fellowship: calls five per month
Third year Fellowship: calls 4 per month


  • M.D. (or D.O.) degree from accredited medical school
  • Complete Pediatric Residency-US accredited training program
  • License/ Valid USMLE certification
  • Fluent in English for FMG 
  • Three letters of recommendation from program directors, supervisors
  • Valid ECFMG for FMG

Criteria for Interview

  • Complete application and documents 
  • Reputation of medical school
  • Reputation of pediatric residency program
  • Scores on qualifying examinations
  • Previous neonatal experience
  • Previous research experience/ interest
  • Letters of recommendation

Selection Criteria
Same as criteria for interview plus:

  • Motivation for neonatology
  • Motivation for academic medicine
  • Communication, openness, perception, personal interaction during interview
  • General pediatric and neonatal experience and knowledge
  • Research interest, area relevance
  • Motivation for applying to Jackson Memorial Hospital program
  • Plans after completing training program

Application Process

  • Applications are sent to ERAS
  • Applications are reviewed and ranked by neonatal faculty
  • Fellow applicants rankings are submitted to the NRMP matching program


  • The inpatient clinical experience is obtained through neonatal services at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Jackson North Medical Center
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital has a very active delivery service with a large proportion of high risk infants, cared for in a 126-bed, state-of-the-art internationally recognized level IV NICU facility
    • Under the supervision of the neonatal faculty, the neonatal fellows develop expertise in  the care of infants in the Neonatal ICU, including ECMO, pre-operative cardiac care, pre- and post-operative surgical management and the performance of the most complex procedures required by these patients
    • While in the NICU rotation, the fellows make daily rounds with the neonatal attendings, pediatric housestaff, neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal clinical pharmacists. Fellows develop proficiency in teaching by participating in house staff and medical student education. 
    • Additional inpatient experience at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center involves rotations through the Obstetrical-Perinatal Service and perinatal consultation on high risk pregnancies
    • Jackson North Medical Center provides additional clinical experience with its active delivery service and level I and II neonatal services. During this rotation fellows are exposed to a community hospital environment, learning to function more independently in a level II NICU setting. Fellows are responsible for delivery room attendance and resuscitation, procedures, perinatal consults and arranging transports to JMH for infants requiring level III or IV care or complex work-ups.
  • The outpatient clinical experience is obtained through involvement in the High Risk Developmental Follow-up Clinic.
  • An active transport services enable fellows to gain experience in local, regional and international neonatal transports, including fixed wing. Because of the geographical location and reputation, the program attracts international neonatal transports


The neonatal fellowship program provides extensive didactic and participatory teaching experiences which take place on a daily basis. Examples of fellowship educational experiences are listed below. Fellows attend lectures and conferences as well as present at grand rounds, case management conferences, journal clubs and morbidity and mortality conferences.

  • Conference schedule includes:
    • Cardiology/CT surgery conference
    • Morbidity and mortality conference
    • Radiology conference (when on clinical rotation)
    • Journal clubs
    • Research Updates
    • Pediatric grand rounds (neonatology presenting every other month)
    • Fellows’ core neonatal lecture series (alternating with board review)
    • Case Management conference
  • Neonatal resuscitation simulation laboratory experience
  • NALS provider training
  • Fellow initiating and/or participating in on-going or new quality improvement (QI) activities
  • Visiting professor lecture series
  • Opportunity for fellows to attend the annual International Neonatology Conference featuring world renown speakers, >1000 attendees from >50 countries and sponsored by the University of Miami


Involvement in perinatal/neonatal clinical and translational/basic research is one of the most important activities of the fellowship program. It is a core requirement for completing the training successfully, and for obtaining appointments in academic institutions.  Fellows learn the fundamentals of neonatal research including formulating a hypothesis, setting up a research project, conducting clinical or basic science studies, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting at scientific meetings and publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows’ research is performed under the supervision and mentoring of one of the neonatal attendings or UM collaborators.

Research interests within the division include:

  • Control of breathing, pulmonary mechanics, BPD, respiratory support and physiology
  • Long term follow-up, growth and development, maternal substance abuse.
  • Effects of maternal drug abuse on infants, Zika infection
  • BPD, PDA
  • Mechanistic pathways of normal and abnormal lung development, lung injury.
  • Perinatal epidemiology, nutrition, delivery room.
  • Pulmonary hypertension, mesenchymal stem cells

Board Exam Requirements
Board eligibility or board certification in Pediatrics for fellowship eligibility; three successfully completed years in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine program with satisfactory completion of “scholarly product”.

Program Coordinator
Phone: (305) 585-6408
Fax: (305) 545-6581

Ilene R. S. Sosenko, MD
Program Director
Phone: (305) 585-6408
Fax: (305) 545-6581

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309