Fetal and Transitional Medicine Fellowship

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This training track is designed for candidates who plan to pursue an academic career in fetal medicine, and who have a goal of establishing independently funded research careers.

During the first year of fellowship, the trainee is exposed to all aspects of prenatal pediatrics consistent with a schedule that also incorporates intensive training in basic research methodology, and higher level training in the application and interpretation of specialized fetal diagnostics.

The trainee is expected to design a research study in line with their longer term research goals, under the supervision of a primary mentor and members of the Children’s Research Institute. This research study forms the basis of their training during the second year of fellowship.

During the second year the trainee focuses primarily on his/her research study and begins to generate data towards applying for independent funding by the end of this fellowship. Trainees entering the two-year fellowship are assigned a primary mentor/supervisor and have access to specialized support in biostatistics and data management. No in-house call is associated with this program. On-page call is occasional during the first year and minimal during the second year. Moonlighting is not permitted during this fellowship.


All research activities will be conducted under the close supervision of the fellowship participant's supervisor, the program director and the Clinical Research Program.


In this fellowship program, trainees develop the expertise and special diagnostic skills needed for rigorous study of the mechanisms and manifestations of disorders in the fetus and newborn, as well as of the responses to such injury and its long-term outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of commonly asked questions follow the link here.

How to Apply

Our goal is to hire trainees who have completed specialty training in any discipline related to fetal medicine. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in fetal and transitional medicine. Candidates with a strong clinical research background in the area of fetal/neonatal medicine are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates identified by their primary specialty program directors as likely to assume a position in fetal and transitional medicine at their home institution.

Eligibility criteria for both fellowship tracks include completion of residency, fellowship or equivalent training in primary subspecialty, and licensure to practice medicine in the US.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and a letter outlining career goals/research plans to: SBMULKEY@childrensnational.org.

Faculty and Staff


Dr. Sarah Mulkey, MD, PhD

Director, Fetal and Neonatal Fellowship

Fetal and Neonatal Neurologist


Dr. Sarah Schlatterer, MD, PhD

Current Fellow

Prior Training in Child Neurology


Dr. Ashley Lucke, MD

Current Fellow

Prior Training in Neonatology


Dr. Laura Sanapo, MD, MSHS

Past Fellow

Prior Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology