Cook County Health’s Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program is one of the oldest in the country.

Founded in 1968 and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Educación médica para graduados in 1984, the program has developed into a three-year program that is designed to prepare fellows for the Neonatal-Perinatal sub-board of the American Board of Pediatría examination.
The comprehensive curriculum provides the fellows a strong clinical foundation. The fellows participate in a wide variety of clinical, basic science and epidemiology research. The clinical service, including teaching rounds and weekly conferences, is joined with weekly multidisciplinary high-risk clinics for a unique opportunity to learn and provide long-term follow up care to the NICU graduates who are at risk for neurodevelopmental disability. The curriculum is designed to ensure ample protected time for scholarly activities. 
The NPM Program equips the fellows with a strong academic and clinical training. Fellows who graduated from the program have successfully found employment working as neonatologists in level 3 NICU hospitals, level 2 hospitals and other academic institutions.
Our comprehensive training program strives: 
  • To ensure an appropriate environment for the well-being and care of the patients 
  • To provide NPM trainees adequate training in the diagnosis, critical analysis of clinical problems, and management of neonates and young infants 
  • To provide NPM trainees with opportunities for progressive acquisition of skills in investigative efforts 
  • To prepare NPM trainees to create and sustain a therapeutic relationship with patients 
  • To be involved as a teacher and supervisor 
  • To emphasize scholarship on the part of the NPM trainees 
  • To develop a commitment to lifelong learning and self-instruction on the part of the NPM trainees 
  • To enable NPM trainees to develop expertise as consultants in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 
  • To provide progressive clinical, technical, and consultative experiences that will enable the NPM trainees to work effectively as members or leaders of patient care teams or other groups in which they participate as researcher, educator, health advocate, or manager. 


The NPM Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). 
Prerequisite training/selection criteria: 
  • Satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency 
  • Residents from an approved Doctor of Osteopathy Pediatric program (US only) 
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript of scores 
  • Medical school transcript of grades 
  • At least three letters of recommendations are required 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Declaración personal 
  • Residents with suitable training from non-US programs may be considered 


First year fellow:  1 month of clinical orientation, 5 months in direct patient care and supervision of residents and medical students, 5 months in research orientation and 1 month of vacation. 
Second year fellow:  4 months of direct patient care and supervision of junior fellows, residents and medical students, 7 months of research and 1 month of vacation. 
Third year fellow:  3 months of direct patient care and supervision of fellows and residents, 1 month of cardiac surgery rotation at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 1 month at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago level 4 NICU and 1 month of vacation. 
Each fellow is assigned a half-day outpatient Neonatal High Risk Clinic throughout the fellowship. 
We have two maternal-fetal medicine attending specialists in the Department of OB/GYN and fellows are encouraged to do an MFM rotation at any time during their 3 years of fellowship. 
Learning Opportunities 
  • Weekly Grand Rounds on neonatal topics: fellows present at least one GR per year 
  • Physiology Lectures: geared for the fellows 
  • Yearly Neonatology Board Reviews 
  • Bimonthly Research Conferences 
  • Weekly Journal Clubs presented by attendings and fellows 
  • Morning Reports 3 times per week 
  • Weekly Combined (Stroger Hospital/Rush Hospital) Pediatric Grand Rounds 
  • Monthly Mortality & Morbidity Conferences 
  • Monthly Simulation Sessions for residents 

Research Experience

Teaching and research are major focuses throughout the three-year program. 
Each fellow must select a choice of research area, either clinical and/or laboratory in nature. Special interests in the Division include epidemiology, neonatal infection, carbohydrate metabolism, caloric and energy requirements, intrauterine growth retardation, and long-term developmental follow-up. The Scholarship Oversight Committee aids in research design, protocol submission, IRB y data analysis, as well as manuscript submission for publication. Fellows have protected time throughout their fellowship to participate in various research experiences.


  • Mopelola Akintorin, MD, Chair, Division of Neonatology 
    Vish Agrawal, MD 
  • Christian Castillo, MD 
  • Tessy Joseph, MD, Program Director, NPM Fellowship Program 
  • Medha Kamat, MD, Director, NICU 
  • Manhal KhilfehMD 
  • Rajeev Kumar, MD 
  • Janardhan MydamMD 
  • Vishakha Nanda, MD 
  • Shou-Yien Wu, MD, Medical Director, Neonatal High-Risk Clinic 


  • 4 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, 12 holidays, 7 conference days, 3 bereavement days 
  • Educational allowance
  • House Staff Association Union 
  • Malpractice, health, disability, dental, vision, life insurance 
  • Maternity/paternity/family medical leave 
  • Meal allowance 
  • Pension plan, flexible spending account 
  • Parking $70 for 4 weeks, 2 lab coats yearly, 2 sets of scrubs yearly 

Contacto del programa

Tessy Joseph, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Program Director
(312) 864-4044

Emily Siffermann, MD
Director del Programa de Abuso Infantil Beca Pediátrica
(312) 864-4140

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