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Letter from the Program Director

Dear Applicant, 

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship training program which was established in 1987 and has a number of strengths, including a close working relationship with 12 outstanding faculty members, more than 90 NICU beds in two hospitals, active quality improvement programs at both hospitals, a strong clinical research program, and a follow-up clinic which has operated for more than 37 years. The curriculum provides a balanced training experience that will prepare you for your career in neonatology.

With regard to opportunities for scholarly accomplishments, we have ongoing research programs in:

  • The causes and prevention of brain damage in extremely low gestational age newborns
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic health of adolescents born with very low birth weight
  • Human milk feedings for very low birth weight infants
  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation to modify the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

In addition, we have very active quality improvement programs at both FMC and Brenner Children’s Hospital, in which several of our former fellows have initiated scholarly projects. For interested individuals, the clinical fellowship can be combined with a Masters of Science (MS) in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences.

Our faculty are strongly committed to providing fellows with a well-rounded and comprehensive training experience. I hope you will give strong consideration to applying to our program.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 336-716-4663 or email to:


Jennifer B. Helderman, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Training Program 

How to Apply

Our three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed two  to three years of training in an accredited residency program in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.

Our fellowship program participates in the ERAS universal application process. Please visit their web page at ERAS for an application and information about our program. Only applications submitted through ERAS will be accepted. Hard copy applications submitted via mail, fax or electronic mail will NOT be accepted.

An additional resource for information about fellowship programs is the Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD) Web page.   

The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

  • Completed online application
  • Current photograph (wallet size)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to Program Director
  • Scores for Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE or COMLEX test
  • Dean's letter

Foreign Medical Graduates
Foreign medical graduates must have passed the ECFMG and USMLE exams. Additional information may be obtained by visiting the ECFMG Web site.

Due to the new recruitment cycle, applicants should apply between July 1st and Sept 30th. The deadline for completed applications submitted through ERAS is Sept 30th. Completed files are reviewed by the program director and invitations to interview will be extended through ERAS. Interviews are scheduled beginning in August and continue through mid-November. 

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Our fellowship program participates in the NRMP. You may contact the NRMP at 202-828-0676 or visit their Web site at

Correspondence relating to application materials, inquiries regarding interview season and scheduling of interviews is coordinated through the Neonatology Division office and should be directed to:

Ms. Brenda Barron, N-P Medicine Training Program Coordinator
Wake Forest School of Medicine 
Department of Pediatrics
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Phone: 336-716-4663

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