Prerequisites for Fellowship:
To be considered, 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. The applicant must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a J-1 visa. No other visas are accepted.
Application Requirements Checklist:
We accept applications until April 1st through the on-line Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). (All documents below must be submitted through ERAS.) Our ERAS number is 3254913072.
- Online application through ERAS.
- Updated curriculum vitae.
- Personal statement (one page maximum) this should detail your motivation for choosing pediatric cardiology and your future career plans.
- Recent photograph.
- Copies of USMLE scores or COMLEX scores.
- Medical school transcript.
- Letters of Recommendation (no more than four letters) and should include:
- A member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at your residency training institution
- Residency Program Director or Department Chair.
International Medical Graduates must meet the following requirements in addition to the above:
- Copy of green card, visa (J-1 only) or documentation of U.S. citizenship. The University of Utah GME Office requires that International Medical Graduates hold a J-1 visa before the MATCH deadline. Pediatric Cardiology is not allowed to rank a foreign medical graduate unless they hold a J-1 visa. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact our Graduate Medical Education Office at 801-581-2401.
- Valid ECFMG certificate with Clinical Skills Assessment certification.
- Evidence of a minimum of 6 months of some type of clinical experience in the United States in an academic affiliated hospital as evidenced by two letters of recommendation from physicians with some type of academic affiliation with whom they have worked.
Application Timeline and Selection Procedure
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows. Applicants apply directly to the department and register with the NRMP. Our program code is 1732325F0.
- July 1: Applicants can begin to apply to program.
- November 15: MyERAS opens to applicants. Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- December 1: Program begins to download applications.
- April 1: Deadline for application completion. Incomplete applications after this date will not be considered.
- January to April: Invitations to interview are granted. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to interview all applicants.
- January 19: MATCH registration opens at the NRMP.
- May: Fellowship Selection Committee ranks applicants on personal interviews, basis of prior performance, letters of recommendations and academic promise. The committee will meet at the end of the interview process to review the interviewed applicants and prepare the rank order list for the NRMP.
- June 1: MATCH Day/Results
- Interviews will be conducted beginning in January and ending the first week in May. Interview dates will be offered to each selected applicant and up to four to five applicants will interview per date. Hotel arrangements will be made for each applicant and lodging is paid by the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
- The interview day will begin with breakfast at 8:00am. After breakfast, there will be several presentations given by key faculty regarding the various aspects of Pediatric Cardiology.
- Welcome and introduction to our program - Susan Etheridge, MD
- Overview of Pediatric Cardiology - Lloyd Tani, MD, Division Chief
- Overview of Clinical Research - LuAnn Minich, MD
- Overview of Non-Invasive Imaging - Michael Puchalski, MD/Richard Williams, MD
- The applicant will have the opportunity to visit with the current pediatric cardiology fellows during a lunch break followed by a tour of Primary Children's Hospital. The afternoon is reserved for one-on-one interviews with members of the Pediatric Cardiology Interview Committee including the Fellowship Director in the afternoon. The day will end with a question-and-answer session and the applicant should be finished by 4:30pm. Transportation to the airport or back to the hotel will be arranged in advance.
- Subsequent to the applicant's interview, all of the interviewing personnel will be asked to complete an evaluation of the applicant which includes reviewing letters of recommendation, commenting concerning the interviewee's strengths, weaknesses, and career goals as well as an overall impression, at which time an overall rating will be devised. At the completion of the interviewing period (early May), applicants will be ranked during a meeting with the Pediatric Cardiology Interview Committee The results of this meeting will be tallied and will form the basis for the preliminary rank order. Final MATCH rank list will be developed and submitted to the NRMP.