Welcome from Our Program Director

Welcome to the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, affiliated with OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. We are excited to train the next generation of neonatologists prepared to excel in careers in either academic medicine or private practice. We are committed in creating a unique educational experience through a varied curriculum emphasizing clinical excellence and individual scholarly goals.

We have a diverse, experienced faculty group ready to mentor fellows in a robust educational program that includes a core curriculum, combined conferences with pediatric subspecialty faculty, and immersion in several quality improvement projects.

Why Peoria?

We are a nationally recognized quaternary care medical center and manage a wide range of neonatal pathologies serving over 25 counties in Central Illinois. We serve a busy maternal-fetal medicine and obstetric service with 2,500–3,000 deliveries per year. The NICU has roughly 850 admissions per year with nearly 2/3 of the infants born in-house. We also offer unique training experiences in a world-class simulation facility, point-of-care ultrasonography, ECMO, LISA, and so much more.

Not only does our program offer a superior training experience with state-of-the art facilities, but we are fortunate to be located in a beautiful city along the Illinois River in Central Illinois. Despite its size, Peoria and the surrounding towns create a family-friendly environment, and we have intentionally built our program to be the same. We provide generous salaries and benefits of a location with a good cost of living, short commute times, low crime rates, and excellent school opportunities. The city draws events, cultural activities and plenty of opportunity for fun and relaxation outside of work. Additionally, Peoria is only a few hours away from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis — perfect for weekend getaways.

I know 2020 has been difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this pandemic further emphasized the importance on the value of collegiality and the bonds of friendship. While this year’s recruitment and interviews will occur virtually, and while we are in our inaugural year, we are excited to show you all that our program has to offer. I invite you to explore our website to learn so much about our program. We are very proud of our university, medical center, fellowship program and city. If you are considering specializing in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and want to train in a family-like atmosphere, we welcome you to learn more about our program and consider applying to our program. We are excited and look forward to being a part of the next chapter of your medical education.

Sincerely,
M. Jawad Javed, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program

Ashley Fischer, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program

Dr. Javed, Program Director

M. Jawad Javed, MD
Program Director