How to Apply

The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program accepts up to three (3) new fellows annually with a maximum of eight (8) fellows at a time. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications are accepted from July to early November. We interview through mid-November with the NRMP rank list deadline typically at the end of November with the match date often in December (please see the NRMP website for deadline dates.

Requirements for this program include the completion of a three-year pediatric residency program and the necessary qualifications for a medical license in the State of Iowa.

Application requirements for this program include: 

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation:
    • Pediatric Residency Director, and 
    • Two additional faculty
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores (or equivalent exams that have reciprocity in the State of Iowa)
  • Copy of ECGMG certificate if applies

If you have questions, please contact:

Glenda Rabe, MD, MME
Program Director
Phone: 1-319-384-6531

Jill Kinnaird
Fellowship Coordinator
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
200 Hawkins Drive, 8801 JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-384-5258


ERAS opens for the Fall Match in July.  The deadline for receiving an application through ERAS will be September 30 to allow ample time for reviewing and interviewing prospective fellow applicants.

We will conduct interviews in September and October.

Under special circumstances we will consider applications submitted at other times.

Criteria for Candidacy

Applicants to our program must be currently enrolled in, or have successfully completed, an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program.

The Interview

We will interview prospective fellow candidates in September and October. Orientation for all new fellows begins July 1, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

I got an interview! Now what?

What should I expect the night before my interview?

  • We will contact you prior to your visit to set up dinner for the evening before your interview day.
  • Dress is informal.
  • Casual attire—no tie or skirt needed—but remember to bring/wear a coat/jacket appropriate for the weather.
  • This get-together is an opportunity for you to meet us, your potential future colleagues, and we are here to answer your questions.
  • Don’t be shy about asking about the things that are on your mind.

What should I expect on the interview day?

  • We will meet you at 7 a.m. in the lobby of your hotel.
  • We suggest business attire for your interview day.
  • The components of your day include an overview of the program, briefly attending NICU rounds, individual meetings with faculty within the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
  • If there is a specific person you would like to visit with during the interview day, please let us know and we will arrange this.
  • Lunch with current fellows allows you to ask questions directly to trainees in the program.