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Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's three-year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, directed by Dr. Fayez Bany-Mohammed, is a fully accredited, university-based program with an affiliated children's hospital.

Program fellows benefit from the abundant resources available for clinical and research endeavors by rotating at UC Irvine Medical Center — which offers the only high-risk combined maternal-neonatal clinical program in Orange County — and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, which boasts the largest NICU on the West Coast.

At the Department of Pediatrics, we believe that better patient care comes about through high-quality medical education supported by clinical, biomedical and applied research excellence. Graduates of our fellowship are well-trained for successful careers in academic medicine, as well as community-based Level III clinical neonatology.


Guidelines »

The Department of Pediatrics' Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program is based on the following guidelines and requirements:

  • Institutional requirements as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • The principles expressed by the Federation of Pediatric Organization (FOPO) Statement on Fellowship Training
  • The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) guidelines for New Subspecialty Training Requirements
Curriculum »

Our core curriculum incorporates the mastery of six general competencies identified by the ACGME:

  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • System-based knowledge

We meet these goals and objectives with training in clinical, educational, administrative and research rotations.

Clinical rotations at our two training institutions, UC Irvine Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, are limited to a maximum of 12 to 15 months during the three-year fellowship.

One half-day per week (Wednesday afternoons) is dedicated to providing educational activities for the trainees. During this time, lectures based on the "content outline" published by the American Board of Pediatrics are delivered. Additional educational activities include weekly combined rounds with maternal-fetal medicine fellows and faculty, combined perinatal pathology conferences, maternal-fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality conferences, monthly maternal-fetal and neonatal didactics conducted by the trainees, weekly case conferences, weakly neonatal radiology rounds, quarterly neonatal surgical conferences with the pediatric surgical team, quarterly regional conferences with other fellowships in the area, including UC San Diego and Loma Linda University.

Research training is accomplished with an assigned research mentor in clinical, applied or bench research for 18 months of the three-year training.

Specialty clinics include high-risk infant developmental follow-up clinic and a pulmonary clinic for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Graduates are required to spend six half-days per month for six months during the research assignment.

The program provides valuable educational resources for the trainees. These include free access and utilization of the medical libraries at the two training institutions as well as the science library at the university. These services include computer facilities, access to internet and intranet, and audio-visual equipment.

Trainees are given support for the preparation of poster presentations and publication of manuscripts as well as reimbursements for travel expenses to make presentations at research meetings.

View and download a detailed copy of the curriculum ›

Affiliations »

In addition to UC Irvine Medical Center, we are also affiliated with Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach and CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange.

Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach operates a neonatal intensive care unit. As part of the fellowship program, UC Irvine provides two fellows to Miller Children's Hospital on a monthly basis with the following assignments:

  • One fellow is assigned to a NICU clinical rotation. This fellow provides eight on-call services during the month, two of which are on weekends. The maximum work week is 80 hours, in accordance with the ACGME rules.
  • The other fellow conducts biomedical research in the Memorial Health Services Research (clinical and laboratory) facility under the direction of the program director. This fellow has no on-call duties.

In addition, our fellows do a pediatric cardiology rotation at CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County, and have an opportunity to follow patients with complex cardiac lesions (pre-, intra- and postoperatively) as well ECMO patients. Both high-risk developmental and pulmonary follow-up clinics are located at CHOC in Orange.

Applications »
Applications are submitted through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website.

For further information, please contact:

Fayez Bany-Mohammed, MD
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
101 The City Drive
Building 56, Suite 600
Orange, CA 92868-3298