Professional Training Opportunities

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a number of professional training opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals who want to learn more about neonatology, newborn and infant intensive care and clinical research that is improving the course of treatment for thousands of babies.

Whether you are looking for an intensive fellowship or a conference to expand your understanding of neonatal conditions you may encounter in your practice, we have educational opportunities available for you.


Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

This three-year fellowship program is for physicians who 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.

Our fellowship program participates in the ERAS universal application process and the National Residency Matching Program. One note: The deadline for completed applications for the CHOP program is earlier than the ERAS deadline. Please read how to apply. For more information about curriculum, research expectations and conference schedules, see neonatal fellowship.


Neonatal Nutrition Practicum: From Theory to Practice

This program is designed for dietitians who are new to the neonatal setting. Enrollment is limited to four dietitians for each one-week practicum, held bi-annually. The next available session is April 27-May 1, 2015. The program includes on-site experience in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit and the clinical nutrition department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

For more details, see Neonatal Nutrition Practicum.


Several conferences sponsored by the Division of Neonatology at CHOP are open to healthcare professionals. They include:

Neonatal clinical conference

A weekly neonatal clinical conference is held with the purpose of discussing patient management issues related to medical/surgical care, ECMO therapy or transport issues. The fellow involved in the care of the patient presents the case and identifies topics for discussion. Teleconferencing allows for the participation of referring physicians and are included whenever possible. Once a month, the conference is a neonatal morbidity and mortality presentation.

Consensus conference

Four to five times a year, a two-hour conference is held during which one fellow and one faculty member present a controversial topic in patient management. Participation of nursing, house physicians, nurse practitioners and ancillary staff is encouraged. The group then works on a consensus statement that is adopted as a practice guideline for the division.

Continuing medical education

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers continuing medical education (CME) online and at numerous educational events including conferences and dinner lectures.

Dinner CMEs

The Neonatal Outreach Program, in conjunction with The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and the Fetal Heart Program at the Cardiac Center at CHOP, is pleased to offer the collaborative series “Optimizing Perinatal Care for Fetuses with Congenital Anomalies.”

The current sessions feature joint presentations by CHOP specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, neonatology and pediatric urology.

All programs are open to our colleagues in maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. The lectures are CME-approved and offered free of charge.

For a listing of upcoming events, contact us online.

CME conferences

The Continuing Medical Education department offers more than 25 conferences each year on a variety of topics, including pediatric cardiology and emergency medicine. For a full listing of upcoming events, see CME conferences.

Online CMEs

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia also offers online continuing medical education (CME) for professionals interested in learning more about specific fetal conditions and surgical interventions.

Currently, we have four online CME modules available:

Course descriptions and links to register can be found at online CME.

All are eligible for CME credit for physicians, and some are eligible for continuing education (CE) credit for nurses.

The Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Hospital is also an approved provider of continuing nurse education though the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accrediting body of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

More information for healthcare professionals

To learn more about fellowships and additional training opportunities with CHOP.

Contact us

If you have any questions related to newborn and infant care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or our Care Network, please call 215-590-3083 or contact us online.

Updated October 2013

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Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education department at CHOP offers more than 25 conferences each year on a variety of topics. For a full listing of upcoming events, see CME conferences.