The neonatologist in the future needs to have a strong clinical foundation to continue learning and practicing medicine during the exciting changes that will occur during the 21st century. Our fellows practice at different NICUs (level III/IV). Care is provided for all types of patients ranging from normal deliveries to critically ill newborns who are transferred to our hospital requiring complex surgery or ECMO. We believe that using evidence-based medicine and understanding research techniques and strategies will provide tools for the candidate to understand the medical literature and to develop approaches to answer new questions to advance the care of newborns.

The fellowship training program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There is full salary support for all three years. Dr. Alison Carey is Director of the Division of Neonatology and Dr. Vilmaris Quinones Cardona is the training Program Director. Our program accepts three first-year fellows each year.

Mission Statement

The Fellowship Program's mission is to prepare trainees for a career in academic Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. We accomplish this goal by offering exposure to a large, diverse population of patients along with in-depth training in research design, techniques, and hypothesis generated experiments. If interested, fellows are guided through the steps in preparing a grant.


Program Facts 

Program AccreditationACGME
Program Accreditation ID#3294121082
Program Size9
Program Founded1984
Program Success Rate100%

Training Sites

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

The 39-bed Level IV NICU at St. Christopher’s Hospital is a referral center. All of our infants are transferred in, mainly from Level III NICUs in Philadelphia and the tri-state area. We provide care for all types of patients ranging from preterm infants to critically ill newborns who are transferred to our hospital because they require surgical intervention or ECMO. Many of our patients have complex medical problems and need multidisciplinary attention. We work closely with our subspecialists in neurology, neurosurgery, urology, nephrology, cardiology, metabolic and genetic diseases, immunology, pulmonology, and gastroenterology.

Abington Hospital Jefferson Health

Abington Hospital has a very busy maternal-fetal medicine service and approximately 5,000 deliveries per year. The involvement of our fellows starts with perinatal consults and the attendance of high-risk deliveries. Almost half of our fellows’ service time throughout the three-year fellowship takes place in their challenging 32-bed level 3 NICU. Mentored by an excellent team of attendings, nurse practitioners, nurses, and technicians, our fellows become proficient in the care of extremely low birth weight infants.

Video: Neonatology Fellowship

Video: Neonatology Fellowship

Interviews with Dr. Alison Carey and Dr. Anja Mowes