Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

The pediatric cardiology fellowship at Penn State Children's Hospital is an ACGME accredited program (July 2008, first fellow July 2009). The goal of the program is to train a strong general pediatric cardiologist who is well equipped to handle the challenges of both the clinical and academic worlds. The pediatric cardiology fellowship is a 3 year training program with 24 months dedicated to clinical training and 12 months dedicated to research. The fellow will also participate in a learning program that provides the fellow with a core knowledge of research methodology including research study design, grantsmanship, manuscript writing and basic statistical analysis.

The Children's Heart Group (CHG) at Penn State Children's Hospital offers care to patients in Central Pennsylvania covering a population of 3.5 million. The faculty consists of 13 full time pediatric cardiologists and 2 full time pediatric cardiac surgeons. The pediatric cardiology team has expertise in echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, including interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, preventive cardiology, exercise physiology, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, intensive care cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease. In addition, the fellow has access to basic science research opportunities through the Penn State Hershey Center for Pediatric Cardiovascular Research and the Penn State Hershey Bioengineering Program.

The pediatric cardiology fellowship program at Penn State Children's Hospital offers opportunities for the fellow to succeed in their area of interest and aptitude, thereby fostering an environment of excellence. The fellow, upon graduation, is well-trained to provide direction and leadership in the field of both clinical and academic medicine.

Physicians seeking a fellowship position at Penn State are eligible after completion of a 3 year pediatric training (one year Internship and 2 year Residency) in an ACGME approved program. The applicants are evaluated on their performance during their educational and training periods, letters of recommendations (3 minimum) and clinical and research experience.

Application Information

Prerequisites for Fellowship:
In order to be considered, for admittance to the program, the applicant must have completed an accredited three-year pediatric residency by the beginning of the fellowship program. Fellowship applicants must be board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) or must be eligible to sit for the ABP general pediatric examination during the first year of fellowship training.

Application Requirements Checklist:
We are accepting applications for the first year fellowship position (for July 2017) until April 2, 2016 through ERAS.

The documents that are not accepted through ERAS can be submitted directly to

Online application through ERAS:

  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • A member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at your residency training institution
  • Residency Program Director
  • A member of a division other than Pediatric Cardiology
  • Research mentor (if applicable)
  • Copies of USMLE scores or COMLEX scores
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate (if applicable)
  • Copies of first author publication. (email to:
  • We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows.
  • We accept J-1 Visas

For questions or more information contact:

Anita Smith
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Penn State Children's Hospital
Phone: 717-531-0003 extension 287226
Fax: 717-531- 0856