Neonatology Fellowship

Welcome from the Fellowship Program for Neonatology at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, which is located in the near western suburbs of Chicago, 10 miles west of the downtown area and across from the Miller Meadow Forest Preserve. We are a designated Regional Perinatal Center involved in quality supervision, neonatal and maternal transport and education of our network community hospitals. Our program has been in existence since 1984.

  • We have a staff of eleven attending neonatologists, four perinatologists, three perinatal medicine fellows and six neonatal-perinatal fellows. Our neonatal attendings (without assistance from fellows) also service two other community hospital special care nurseries. We admit approximately 400 patients per year to the Loyola neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are part of the Vermont-Oxford network. We also have the Neiswanger Institute of Ethics on campus with a full range of ethical offerings in academics, lectures, consultation and research. We review quarterly neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality issues as well as help initiate and implement the state of Illinois ongoing quality projects.
  • Our program supports additional subspecialists in the following disciplines: pediatric surgery, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, nephrology, dermatology, hematology-oncology, infectious disease, genetics, gastroenterology, and nutrition. We also consult with pediatric surgical subspecialists including cardiovascular surgery, ENT, orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology and hand surgery. We have a good working relationship with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Section and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A Doctor of Pharmacy rounds with us and a Neonatal Nutritionist is on site to help manage our patients. Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Audiology and Social Work are always available to our patients.
  • Fellowship training at Loyola includes 12 months of clinical neonatology, one-month rotations in High Risk Obstetrics, Cardiology and 2 months of electives such as Genetics, 17 months of research and three months of vacation/meeting. Other electives can be accommodated. The fellowship requires research/scholarly activity along the guidelines outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics’ scholarly activity requirement. An individualized Scholarly Oversight Committee for each fellow is formed and will mentor each fellow through his/her scholarly activity. Fellows are expected to present their research at a regional or national Society for Pediatric Research meeting or an appropriate subspecialty society research meeting. A manuscript submitted to a peer reviewed journal is expected for completion of the Scholarly Activity. Formation of and participation in a CQI project is expected prior to program completion.
  • Our 50 bed NICU is divided into two clinical teams each consisting of one attending neonatologist, one fellow, Pediatric, Med-Peds and Family Practice residents, nurse practitioners and medical students. We huddle twice a day with OB/staff/nursing to keep apprised of Labor & Delivery, ante-partum and post-partum problems.
  • Our weekly conferences provide an ample and varied educational experience including: three year cycled Neonatal Didactic Lecture Series, Grand Rounds, M&M case review and M&M teaching conferences, Journal Club, and Neo Board Review. The Neonatal Didactic Lecture Series provides a thorough review of various perinatal topics presented by attendings and fellows. Pediatric Grand Rounds provides updates of various pediatric topics. Research Conferences presented by fellows and attendings are designed to present results of current projects, discuss new protocols and critique proposed research design. Attendings and fellows present critical reviews of recent articles in our monthly Journal Club. Patient Management Conference/Morning Report offers the opportunity to discuss and review interesting problem cases.
  • We have an excellent High-Risk Newborn Follow-Up Clinic which meets two half days a week. All fellows participate approximately twice a month in assigned clinics. The clinic is supported by OT/PT trained in early intervention and a neonatal nurse practitioner. We also have our own Neo graduate home care program unique in the Chicago area.
  • On-call responsibilities are shared equally among the fellows through all three years, averaging six calls per month. Attending coverage is provided concurrently; attendings and fellows share weekend NICU team rounds. Fellows are responsible for primary critical decision-making and provide ongoing reports to the attending. We are determined that we not only provide the finest clinical training service available but also that the fellows successfully complete the neonatology boards.

Interested in applying?

  • We accept applications through ERAS. Interviews are generally scheduled between December and June/July for the match in September.  Accepted candidates will begin the program the following July.
  • Prerequisite training should include the satisfactory completion of a Pediatrics residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). We suggest you contact the ACGME or American Board of Pediatrics for further information on eligibility.
  • We require the application, current CV, and 3 letters of recommendation to grant an interview. A personal statement is desired but not required. For the application, USMLE scores, transcripts, performance evaluation, and ECFMG status report should be uploaded. We also appreciate a picture for a reminder during ranking, but do not require it.
  • For additional information on our medical center, requirements of incoming fellows, residents and students and benefits, you can visit our Graduate Medical Education website. We do accept J1 visas. Our institution no longer supports H1B visas.

Thank you for considering our fellowship program. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Fellowship Coordinator Jory Eaton at (708) 216-3145.

Sincerely,

Lawrence N. Bennett, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship

Marc G. Weiss, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Neonatology