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 a Level IV comprehensive neonatal center and the North Central Perinatal Network Referral Center for North Central Illinois. Our division is within the Department of Pediatrics that boasts a robust Pediatrics Residency program. 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, quality improvement, and prioritizing 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 800 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, non-invasive ventilation, 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.

While this year’s recruitment and interviews will occur virtually, we are excited to show you all that our program has to offer. I invite you to explore our website to learn about our program. We are very proud of our university, the medical center, our fellowship program and our 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 and consider applying to our program. We are excited and look forward to being a part of the next chapter of your medical education.

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

Dr. Javed, Program Director

M. Jawad Javed, MD
Program Director

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