Application and Contact Information

Contact Information

Fellowship Program Director:  Thitinart Sithisarn, MD, PhD

Fellowship Coordinator:  Sarah Steen

Phone: (859) 218-3895        Fax: (859) 257-1439

Address: Unversity of Kentucky, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, 138 Leader Avenue, Room 009A, Lexingon, KY 40508-9983

E-mail:  or

Application Information

We welcome applicications from all US allopathic, US osteopathic, and foreign medical graduates. All applicants should have completed an ACGME accredited residency in pediatrics and be board eligible in general pediatrics to recieve consideration. The University of Kentucky Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the ERAS Match program. 

Required Application Materials:

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Personal statement
    • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) - previously referred to as the Dean's Letter
    • Medical school transcript
    • USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 2CS, Step 3 Scores
    • Letter from your pediatric residency director
    • Letter from a neonatologist with whom you have worked closely
    • Letter from another physician with whom you have worked closely. Letters from inpatient pediatric physicans, such as neonatologist, hospitalist, or intensivist are highly recommended.

Additional  Required Documents for Foreign Medical Graduates Include:

    • Valid ECFMG certificate
    • US Citizenship, permanent immigrant Visa (green card) or J-1 Visa (UK GME Office does not sponsor H-1B visas).

Additional information can be found in the Section of Perinatal Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Interview Day

Physicians applying for a fellowship in neonatology have a very busy schedule as they are balancing residency workload and interviews at multiple intuitions. We recognize that applicants are interviewing us, just as much as we are interviewing them. As such, we at Kentucky Children’s Hospital strive to make your time here in Lexington as beneficial as possible so that you can make the most informed decision about where you wish to continue your education.

We extend all applicants an invitation to dinner the night prior to the interview day. This is an informal event where applicants can dine with our current fellows at a local restaurant to learn about the city of Lexington, life as a fellow, and address any other questions that might arise. Dinner is not a requirement, but we have found that many of our applicants enjoy this opportunity.

All our applicants are provided accommodations at The Campbell House Lexington, which is unique to Lexington and has a wonderful Kentucky charm to its atmosphere. The interview day begins the next morning with a current fellow picking up the applicant from the hotel and driving them to the medical center. A sample interview day schedule can be found by clicking the following link: Sample Interview Schedule 

Throughout the day applicants will attend conferences, meet with clinical and research faculty, as well as tour the facilities at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Lunch with the fellows occurs mid-day and is provided by the division. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or restrictions.  The interview day concludes between 2:30 and 3:00pm, at which time a fellow will provide transportation back to the hotel or to the airport if desired. If any additional questions arise at a later date, we encourage applicants to email us with their questions.

Further information can be found at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education, including information about stipends and benefits. We hope that applicants will strongly consider continuing their training with us at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.