The overarching goal of the post-doctoral fellowship program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale is to equip the subspecialty residents with the clinical and research skills to become independent and productive academic or clinical neonatologists. Yale University has a prestigious neonatal-perinatal medicine training program with a long and distinguished history. This program was established by Dr. Joseph Warshaw in 1973, was led by Dr. Ian Gross from 1982-2013 and is now directed by Dr. Lindsay Johnston. It has pioneered the training of academic scholars with the support of an NIH Institutional (T32) Training Grant since 1977. Research training has focused on developmental biology with Dr. Patrick Gallagher serving as the current training grant director.
Former fellows of our program have gone on to hold academic positions in medical schools and hospitals across the country as well as becoming independent NIH-funded investigators. Our program is highly competitive and ranks among the top training programs in US for placing fellows in academic positions. All of the fellows in the program participate in laboratory and patient-oriented research during years 2 and 3 and they may be eligible for support on our Institutional NIH T32 Training Grant. The training environment and program are highly developed, exposing trainees to the full spectrum of neonatal diseases while maintaining the strong tradition of providing outstanding opportunities for research training.
Our program enrolls 2-3 fellows/year. Fellows enter the program after completing three years of residency in pediatrics and are expected to commit three (or more) years to our postdoctoral program. The program is designed to allow postdoctoral fellows to experience a continuum of learning in both clinical neonatology and research over three years. Throughout the training, fellows are exposed to a variety of neonates and infants with routine and complex medical, surgical and cardiac issues. Similarly, the complexity of contemporary research, both clinical and basic, requires the progressive acquisition of research skills and sufficient time to become familiar with an expert in research technologies. Consequently, the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program allows intense clinical experience during all three years as well as an early introduction to laboratory and clinical research in the first year of the program.