Newborn Medicine | Fellowships

Our ACGME accredited and long-established neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship program provides an environment where fellows can obtain the knowledge and skills to become excellent clinical neonatologists, as well as the tools needed for developing as an investigator in the clinical, translational, or basic biomedical sciences. Fellows who complete the training program have gone on to choose academic or clinically-oriented careers in approximately equal numbers.

Clinical Training

Clinical training in neonatal-perinatal medicine takes place in the 75 bed neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and on the labor and delivery service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. More than 700 annual NICU admissions come from within the medical center, throughout Missouri and Illinois, as well as nationally and internationally for the highly specialized care available at St.Louis Children’s Hospital.  Diagnoses range from extreme prematurity to complex genetic syndromes giving fellows a wide-breadth of experience in caring for critically ill newborns.  All major therapies, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, are available.  All pediatric and surgical sub-specialists are readily available to enhance the learning environment. 

The labor and delivery service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a high-risk obstetrical service with approximately 4,000 deliveries per year giving fellows experience in resuscitating and stabilizing the most critically ill newborns.  Fellows work closely with the maternal-fetal medicine service in providing antenatal consultation to women with high-risk pregnancies.  Fellows also obtain experience in the transport of critically ill newborns by air and ground from referring hospitals throughout the region by their participation with the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team.

Fellows have a great deal of responsibility on the clinical services planning the evaluation and management of patients under the guidance of more than 20 faculty members.  This provides an excellent environment for not only the development of clinical skills but also leadership and teaching skills.

A didactic program for fellows includes an evidenced-based medicine journal club, physiology and pathophysiology lectures, fetal and neonatal pharmacology lectures, biostatistics, morbidity and mortality conference, neuroradiology rounds, and developmental pediatrics.  Sessions in the Saigh Simulation Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital augment the fellows’ educational experience by providing hands-on, high-fidelity simulation experiences in the management of complex neonatal problems.

Research Training

Fellows have two years of protected research time with no in-patient or night call responsibilities.  Our fellows routinely present their research at national and international meetings, publish in high impact journals and obtain extramural funding for their research. Fellows may select research mentors from throughout Washington University School of Medicine in basic science, translational or clinical research.  This is an especially attractive option as Washington University School of Medicine continues to be one of the top research institutions in the country with 372.4 million dollars in National Institutes of Health funding in 2011.  The Institute for Clinical and Translational Studies provides support and infrastructure for clinical and translational research.  The Children’s Discovery Institute is a unique collaboration between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics with centers for the investigation of congenital heart disease, pediatric cancer, pediatric pulmonary disease, and musculoskeletal and metabolic disease.  Research facilities for the Department of Pediatrics are located in the state-of-the-art McDonnell Pediatric Research Building.

We are pleased that you have taken the time to learn about our neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship training program.  The Division of Newborn Medicine, under the leadership of F. Sessions Cole, M.D., and the Department of Pediatrics, under the leadership of Gary Silverman, M.D., Ph.D. continue their commitment to excellence in fellowship training providing an environment where fellows can excel in clinical and research training. The clinical opportunities available are unsurpassed and the research opportunities encompass not only the Department of Pediatrics but also opportunities within the Medical School and University at large.

Application to the neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship program is through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and selection of fellows is through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Please contact Brian Hackett, M.D., Ph.D. for questions or additional information.  Interested individuals may also want to review the Washington University School ofMedicine Graduate Medical Education Policies.

Current Fellows

Carla Sandler-Wilson, MD

Sharell Bindom, MD

Kelleigh Briden, MD

Alexandra Charron, MD

Colleen Brennan, MD

Holly Engelstad, MD

Halana Whitehead, MD

Brittany Blue, MD

Christopher Lust, MD

Patrick Sloan, MD

Natalie El Ters, MD

Julie Nogee, MD

Jeffery Hoover, MD

June Hu, MD


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