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Pediatric neonatal fellowship program

Preparing highly-motivated NICU physicians for careers as scientists, teachers and clinicians.

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that provides exceptional training opportunities and experience in clinical care, research and teaching. Not all of our graduates have chosen to pursue full-time academic careers, but they are uniformly strengthened by the training experiences, tools and teaching they received for whatever professional path they chose.

We are proud of our graduates and the fact that over the past 15 years they have all not only passed Neonatal Boards on the first attempt but have gone on to leadership positions in clinical care, research and education reflecting both who they are and the training they received.

Program opportunities

How to apply 

The Neonatology Fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This fellowship program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

In general, applications through ERAS are reviewed beginning in Mid-July, interviews are scheduled between August and October and the NRMP match occurs in mid-December in the year prior to the start of the fellowship.

Please refer to the ERAS website for current dates and deadlines. Application to the fellowship program is highly competitive. Persons who wish to apply should be board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged. 

ACGME Program ID: 3295121061 

Please note: Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the applicant’s residency program director and one from the chief of neonatology or designee are required. 

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University policy on the selection and recruitment of residents and fellows. 

View more fellowship program information such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information on the VCU Graduate Medical Education website.

Contact the pediatric NICU fellowship team

Fellowship director Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH William Tate Graham Professor and Chair Neonatal Medicine 
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 
Box 980276 
Richmond, VA 23298-0276 
Phone: (804) 828-9964 
Fax: (804) 828-6662 
Email: karen.hendricks-munoz@vcuhealth.org
Fellowship coordinatorKaren Weeks Phone: (804) 828-9964 
Email: karen.weeks@vcuhealth.org
Associate fellowship director Joseph Khoury, MD Email: joseph.khoury@vcuhealth.org
Fellowship advisory faculty member Darshna Bhatt, DO Email: darshna.bhatt@vcuhealth.org
Fellowship advisory faculty member Nayef Chahin, MD Email: nayef.chahin@vcuhealth.org
 
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