How to Apply

Our three-year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program seeks physicians who will have completed two to three years of training in an ACGME-approved pediatric residency program and who are eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination. 

American medical graduates must have:

Acceptance into the program may be delayed until all parts of the National Board Examination have been passed.

Foreign medical graduates must have:

As a result, acceptance into the program may be delayed until all parts of the National Board Examination and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam have been passed. 

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of its patients, their families and its employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia implemented a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Application procedure

Our fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) universal application process and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please visit the ERAS website for an application, information about our program and important deadlines. For more information, see the National Resident Matching Program.

The following information should be uploaded to ERAS: 

  1. Completed online application
  2. Current photograph
  3. Personal statement
  4. At least three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a neonatologist who has worked with the applicant and one from the Program Director. 
  5. Dean's letter or Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), taken within the 7-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
  8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, a valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
  9. If a not a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident, a copy of current, appropriate visa

Tentative Deadlines

The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship is moving to a Fall match for 2015. 

Applicants may register with ERAS on June 18, 2014, to start working on their applications. On July 1, 2014, applicants may begin loading documents into ERAS. Fellowship programs may begin downloading applications on July 15, 2014. 

We will schedule interviews in August, September and October of 2014. Since the recruiting cycle is so compressed and we will have a limited number of interview spots, we urge candidates to have their applications in ERAS complete by Aug. 15, 2014.

Match results will be released in November 2014 for fellowships to begin on July 1, 2015.

Applicants are advised to access their file frequently to ensure timely submission of all components of their application. A personal interview is required for applicants who will be ranked for matching, and the Division of Neonatology can offer up to $200 (plus hotel for out-of-town candidates) to offset travel expenses. 


Anne Goldblatt, MA
Division of Neonatology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Main 2NW
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Email Anne Goldblatt 

Date: September 2014

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