Neonatology: Fellowship Program

The objective of this program is to provide the trainee with the knowledge and expertise to be successful in clinical, research, teaching and administrative activities in the pediatric subspecialty of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. The program provides a progression in clinical responsibilities as the trainee advances through the three-year program. Sufficient practical experience is provided with a wide variety of patients in the delivery rooms, the NICU, and the developmental follow-up clinics. Trainees have the option to enroll in graduate level courses in order to expand their knowledge in areas related to their research and/or clinical interests.

The objective of the first year consists of an introduction to academic neonatology. The postdoctoral trainee spends approximately 3-4 months in the NICU where she/he progressively takes on more responsibilities in the clinical care of patients, interaction with families and teaching of housestaff and students. The trainee usually rounds for approximately 2.5 hours per day with the attending neonatologists and the rest of the clinical team, which may be composed of residents or nurse practitioners. The trainee receives additional experience in the direct supervision of housestaff during the approximately 40 nights in-house call (with backup from the faculty) for which they are responsible during the year.

In the second year, the trainee spends 3-4 months in the NICU. During these months of the second year, the trainee takes on an expanded role and is expected to lead rounds in the NICU with continued close supervision by the neonatology faculty. During these months, the trainee works closely with residents and nurse practitioners. Night call as in the first year consists of 40 nights in-house with backup by the faculty. During this year, trainees are expected to further develop their research expertise and be able to present their findings at both local and national research conferences. During the first and second years, the trainee is also urged to develop a research grant proposal under the guidance of his/her mentor.

In the third year, under faculty supervision, the trainee spends 2-3 months in the NICU acting as the team leader, but continues to be supervised by the neonatology faculty. The trainee acts as consultant to referring pediatricians and is the major educator for the housestaff and students during these months. This is intended as a transition toward independence for the trainee. Night call consists of 40 nights in-house call. The third year allows for considerable non-clinical time for the trainees to focus on their research. It is expected that the trainees will garner enough information to complete their peer-reviewed publications early during this year.

For more information, visit the Division of Neonatology website.


Fellowship Program Directors

Josef NeuJosef Neu, MD

Program Director

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
(352) 273-8985


Diomel de la CruzDiomel de la Cruz, MD

Associate Program Director
(352) 273-8985




NIchelle LawrenceNichelle Lawrence

Program Assistant
(352) 273-8806