Fellowship Information

University of Virginia

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

"Welcome to the UVA Neonatology Fellowship Program! At UVA, educating our neonatology fellows is a top priority among our faculty. From bread-and-butter neonatology to zebras, fellows get a wide variety of clinical experiences. We also offer a wide range of research opportunities and ensure close mentorship so that fellows are well prepared for careers in academic neonatology."

Karen Fairchild, MD

Fellowship Program Director

Our Mission at the University of Virginia Neonatology Fellowship program is:

  • To train Pediatricians as expert clinical Neonatologists with a solid experience in the pathophysiology of neonatal disease processes and evidence-based care
  • To provide an educational scholarly experience that prepares the fellow for future success in a basic science or clinical research academic Neonatology career
The UVA Neonatology Fellowship program offers a combined program of clinical and research training. Trainees acquire the clinical and technical skills necessary to function independently as neonatologists as well as learn the general principles and techniques of scientific investigation and the reporting of investigation results. 


  • 3-year program (potential fourth year for additional research or Master's Degree)
  • Program is accredited by the ACGME in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine 


Applicant Prerequisites and Procedures

  • Must currently be in an accredited pediatric program and in good standing, or have completed 3 years or more of general pediatric residency training
  • A Virginia license to practice medicine is not required as UVA grants fellows an institutional training permit
  • Applications are accepted only through the NRMP/ERAS Match Program. Requirements for completed application include:
  • Completed ERAS application
  • Letters of Recommendation from the Director of the applicant's residency training program and two other faculty members
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Following receipt of the completed application and letters of reference, on-site interviews may be arranged. Interviews generally begin in August and continue through September. Hotel arrangements are provided.
  • For information on housestaff benefits, credentialing requirements and other important information, please visit the the UVA Graduate Medical Education web site.


For additional information please contact:

Karen D. Fairchild, MD
Program Director, Neonatology Fellowship Program
email: kdf2n@virginia.edu

Brooke D. Vergales, MD
Assistant Professor 
Associate Program Director, Neonatology Fellowship Program
email: bld5j@virginia.edu

University of Virginia Children's Hospital 
PO Box 800386
Charlottesville, VA 22908 

Jane Shannon
Neonatology Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 434-243-9377
Fax: 434-982-4328
e-mail: ebs6p@virginia.edu
Main Office: 434-924-5428