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Program description

The Mayo Clinic Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship creates leaders in the field of neonatology. Because leadership takes many forms, the curriculum provides formal training in research, teaching, practice administration and policy development. With these skills in hand, fellows' career goals are shaped over the course of the training and the educational experience is tailored accordingly.

To achieve these goals, the fellowship:

  • Provides a rigorous clinical and didactic experience that prepares fellows to practice in any quaternary-level NICU
  • Trains fellows to use formal improvement methodologies to improve clinical outcomes and increase the value of care processes
  • Develops neonatologists with an awareness of their roles and responsibilities in the larger profession of medicine

Fellowship start date

The Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) has recommended that pediatric subspecialty fellowships should start no earlier than July 7 each year. This start date would allow for an easier transition from residency to fellowship for most trainees, with programs likely benefiting as well.

At Mayo Clinic, we recognize how difficult it can be for residents to complete their training, move to a new city and join a subspecialty division for the first time. Beginning in July 2017, the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship will start July 7 in accordance with the council's recommendations.

If you, the prospective candidate, have any questions or concerns about this change in start date and what it might mean for you, refer to the CoPS statement or contact the fellowship's educational program coordinator at 507-538-5864.


The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship achieved its initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2008. In 2011, it received a five-year accreditation cycle.


The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship fulfills the three-year requirement for subspecialty training in neonatal-perinatal medicine as stated by the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics. Graduates are qualified to sit for the neonatal-perinatal medicine subspecialty certification examination.

Program history

Established in 1977 by Fredric Kleinberg, M.D., the Division of Neonatal Medicine has seen steady growth in its clinical practice and its contribution to research and education at Mayo Clinic.

Going forward, it is anticipated that one fellow will complete this fellowship annually.

June 07, 2016