The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center and Emory University School of Medicine offer the largest accredited pediatric cardiology fellowship program in the Southeast. Our program was accredited, without citations, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003.
Why choose Children’s for your pediatric cardiology fellowship
As a top-ranked heart center by U.S. News & World Report, we are uniquely positioned to leverage the high patient volumes and excellent outcomes of Children’s and the academic strength of Emory University to provide a comprehensive training program in all disciplines of pediatric cardiology. There are also opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Key facts about the Children’s Heart Center
- We are top five in the nation for cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) volumes, surgical procedures and catheterization procedures.
- Our CICU and Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU) are recognized with silver-level Beacon Awards for Nursing Excellence. Our catheterization lab is one of only three in the country to receive a Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence, the second catheterization lab to receive silver-level recognition and the only pediatric catheterization lab to ever receive a Beacon Award for Excellence.
- We have the busiest CICU in the country.
- We have the largest fetal cardiology program in the Southeast, performing more than 2,000 fetal echocardiograms each year.
- We treat more infants, children and teenagers with heart conditions in Georgia than anyone else.
Our facilities include:
Cardiology Fellowship Program
Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
The Children’s Heart Center offers a three-year cardiology fellowship program in collaboration with the Emory University School of Medicine. We have the largest accredited pediatric cardiology fellowship program in the Southeast.
To be considered for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, applicants must complete an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) pediatric or internal medicine/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.
We accept applications until July 31 but encourage application materials to be complete by July 1 when Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) opens to programs. Incomplete applications after July 31 will not be considered. Please note that we are not able to add materials to your application, such as curriculum vitae changes, publications, etc.
To apply for the program, you must submit:
- An online application through ERAS
- A personal statement (one page only)
- Why do you want to specialize in pediatric cardiology?
- What past experiences have given you this motivation?
- What are your career plans and/or goals?
- Letters of recommendation (no more than four), including:
- The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Evaluation form (found and submitted through ERAS)
- Letters from faculty members who know you well and can speak to the qualities that will make you a good fellow, such as:
- A member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at your residency training institution
- Your residency program director
- A professional of your choosing
- A research mentor (if applicable)
- A dean’s letter and evaluation
- Your medical school transcript
- Copies of United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) scores
Application timeline and selection process
Applicants must apply directly to the department. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows.
- June 1, 2021: Applicants can begin working on their applications through ERAS.
- July 1, 2021: Program opens for applicants.
- July 15, 2021: Program begins to download applications.
- July 31, 2021: Deadline for completed applications, and applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.
- Early August 2021: Invitations for interviews are sent out. Due to the large number of applications submitted, we are unable to interview all applicants.
- August to November 2021: Interviews with selected applicants conducted. The committee will meet at the end of the interview process to review the applicants and prepare the order list for the NRMP.
- September 2021: NRMP opens.
- November 2021: The Fellowship Selection Committee ranks applicants based on personal interviews, prior performance, letters of recommendation and academic promise.
- Early December 2021: NRMP match results are posted.
For more information about our Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program or training verifications, contact:Shelley M. Ash
Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
- William Mahle, MD, Co-Chief, Heart Center
- Alaa Aljiffry, MD
- Ian Balfour, MD
- Asaad Beshish, MD
- Holly Bauser-Heaton, MD, PhD
- Wesley Blackwood, MD
- William Border, MD
- Arene Butto, MD
- Robert Campbell, MD
- Brian Cardis, MD
- Nikhil Chanani, MD
- Martha Clabby, MD
- Shanelle Clarke, MD
- Andrew Dodgen, MD
- Matthew Ferguson, MD
- Peter Fischbach, MD
- Michael Fundora, MD
- Alice Hales-Kharazmi, MD
- Brandon Harden, MD
- Susan Hupp, MD
- Glen Iannucci, MD
- Shannon Jones, MD
- Usama Kanaan, MD
- Dennis Kim, MD, PhD
- Lazaros Kochilas, MD
- Brooke Lewis, MD
- Clifford Wesley Lindsey, MD
- Kevin Maher, MD
- Chad Mao, MD
- Meghann McKane, MD
- Erik Michelfelder, MD
- James Nelson, MD
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- Heather Phelps, DO
- Fred Rodriguez, MD
- Saidie Rodriguez, MD
- Ritu Sachdeva, MD
- Denver Sallee, MD
- Cyrus Samai, MD
- Timothy Slesnick, MD
- Nanci Stauffer, MD
- John Stevens Jr, MD
- Divya Suthar, MD
- Benjamin Toole, MD
- Heather Viamonte, MD
- Neill Videlefsky, MD
- Michelle Wallace, MD
- Timotheus Watson, MD
- Stephanie Wechsler, MD
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