Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

This is a three year training program that strives to attract candidates with an affinity for academic medicine. The program is structured to include clinical neonatology training (as per the requirements spelled out by the ACGME). The clinical program consists of fellows providing supervision in the neonatal intensive care units, transports, delivery room resuscitations, and primary care in the high risk follow-up clinic. The well structured educational program consists of weekly sessions which range from case discussions, research seminars, journal club, perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, multidisciplinary fetal care, neonatal-surgical and neonatal-pathology conferences, clinical topic oriented presentations, and physiological basis for disease, and board review study sessions. In addition, there is a well developed departmental core curriculum competency series per the guidelines developed by the American Board of Pediatrics that enhances the education of all fellows.

Research training is individualized and mentor-based and provides a scientifically rich environment where fellow trainees are afforded the opportunity of training in well established laboratories/clinical research programs with a wide range of expertise that spans the study of Developmental and Neonatal Diseases. Research program faculty, with proven track record in training clinician-scientists are chosen from diverse fields pertinent to Neonatology.

Our fellowship has enjoyed the privilege of having support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development institutional training grant in Neonatal and Developmental Diseases. In addition, there is a National Institutes of Health supported training program in Pharmacology with a curriculum targeted at Perinatology and Neonatology. Our fellows have opportunities to enroll in the K-30 clinical scientist development program and uniformly attend the General Clinical Research Center’s short course that provides the tools necessary for developing a clinical trial. Every fellow has the opportunity to apply for The Janet and Ray Scherr Fellowship Loan Repayment Endowment and NIH Loan Repayment Program.

With the opening of the Mattel Children’s Hospital within the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in June, 2008, the NICU is a 32 bed unit (22 ICU beds and 10 intermediate beds). There are approximately 600 admissions to the NICU/year with approximately 300 transports a year with busy surgical and medical consultative services. There is considerable depth in all the Pediatric Medical and Surgical Subspecialties that are all available on site. In addition, there is a congenital cardiac program on-site; an ECMO program; and a Head/Body Cooling Program in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. There are approximately 2,200 births per year with many of the mothers being considered high-risk prior to delivery. Maternal transports are an important part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program. UCLA has been a leading Neonatal Center in Southern California, a major referral center for high risk mothers and neonates. A widely respected infertility and fetal diagnostic program exists at UCLA. In addition to the UCLA Westwood NICU, the fellows have some exposure to the UCLA Santa Monica NICU (a newly constructed NICU) which is a 16 bed NICU with an in-house delivery service (1400 births/year). The High Risk Neonatal Follow-up Clinic is a multi-disciplinary enterprise and achieved the Center of Excellence status in the State of California. A database situated in the context of the Neonatal Research Center links all UCLA neonatal de-identified information to the State of California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) and the Vermont Oxford Network. The Neonatal Research Center houses laboratory, translational, clinical and outcomes based research activities of the division.

The neonatology faculty consists of twelve M.D.s and five Ph.D.s. Their research interests include: perinatal/neonatal metabolism & nutrition, hypoxic/ischemic brain injury, developmental origins of adult onset chronic diseases, molecular mechanisms of lung development and injury; clinical trials in neonatal nutrition and energy expenditure using stable isotope technology and neuroimaging in neonatal diagnosis; mechanisms linking perinatal infections with bronchopulmonary dysplasia; pathogenesis of neonatal infections; innate immunity to infectious agents in neonates, with particular emphasis on the role of vitamin D in host defense; vascular remodeling during initial blood vessel formation in early embryonic development; and international neonatal outreach educational program. Federal funding from the National Institutes of Health supports most of these projects. Many of the Neonatology faculty enjoy membership at Regional/National Organizations such as the Western Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. There are various other faculty members in both the clinical and basic sciences who have strong research programs and compliment what exists in Neonatology. Scientific mentors assigned during fellowship training have an established track record in their field of investigation. The fellowship offers ample opportunities to make scientific presentations at various local, regional and national meetings. Our graduated fellows are well placed in faculty positions at various institutions across the nation.

UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the fifth best hospital in the nation and best in the Western United States. Mattel Children's Hospital is one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in Southern California and is an integral component of the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, which is situated on the Main UCLA School Campus.

The UCLA campus is situated in Westwood, which is eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. Westwood is unique in that it is predominantly a college village along with neighborhoods that offer independent housing. The UCLA Santa Monica Hospital is situated 10 minutes from the UCLA main campus and 5 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.

We are currently participating in the Electronic Residency application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Application Process:

  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
    • Application
    • CV
    • Personal Statement
    • Three letters of recommendation/reference (one must be from residency program director)
  • Evidence of passing the General Pediatric In-Training Exam – Fax to 310-267-0154

Eligibility Criteria:

  • MD degree or equivalent
  • License to practice medicine in California
  • Satisfactory completion of a ACGME-accredited residency training program in Pediatrics
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status (the research component of the training program has been funded by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health)
  • Passing score on the General Pediatrics In-Training Exam
  • Expectation of taking and passing the certifying exam in Pediatrics

Timeline:

ERAS 2015 - New ERAS Application Cycle for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine for Applicants beginning positions July 2015

Date

Activity

June 18, 2014

Applicants begin contacting the EFDO to get a token to access MyERAS and start working on their application, personal statement and requesting letters of recommendation

July 1, 2014

Applicants begin applying to July cycle fellowship programs

July 15, 2014

Programs begin downloading applications materials

Aug - Oct 2014

Applicants interview with fellowship programs

October 2014

Match results released

July 1, 2015

Applicants begin their Fellowship

Program Director:
Uday P. Devaskar, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program
Director, Neonatal Research Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

10833 Le Conte Avenue, B2-375 MDCC
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: 310-825-9357
Email: udevaskar@mednet.ucla.edu

Associate Program Director:
Vedang A. Londhe, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology
Assistant Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

Tel: 310-825-5850
Email: vlondhe@mednet.ucla.edu

Program Coordinator:
Kristie Smiley
Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

10833 Le Conte Avenue, B2-375 MDCC
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: 310-206-6197
Fax: 310-267-0154
Email: ksmiley@mednet.ucla.edu