Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research. 

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Michigan is a nationally recognized accredited training center for physicians who care for children and adults with congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease.  During the three-year fellowship program, the fellow develops skills in patient care, teaching and research while working at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the University of Michigan Health Center.  A network of peer and faculty support fosters an environment that encourages the fellow to fully explore all aspects of pediatric cardiovascular medicine and biology.

The fellowship program is a 3 year program which gradually incorporates increased skills and responsibilities, and fostering development of independence and expertise in clinical care, teaching and scholarly activity in pediatric cardiology.  

View a list of our current fellows here. 

Fellowship Director

Carlen Fifer, M.D.
Associate Fellowship Director
Sonal Owens, MD

Mission and Overview

The program is under the direction of Carlen Fifer, M.D.

Clinical Training

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Michigan focuses on training fellows to be excellent pediatric cardiologists first and foremost, while allowing flexibility for every fellow to pursue the area of subspecialty and research which interests them.  All fellows, regardless of chosen focus, complete their training commensurate with the requirements of the accrediting residency review committees and the needs of the division.

The first two years are typically devoted to developing the skills required for clinical care in the major subspecialty areas as well as the inpatient general care service and cardiac ICU, while also fostering clinical investigation and education in teaching.  The third year is primarily elective time for the fellow to focus on their research and their chosen area of clinical subspecialty, while continuing some required rotations in clinical cardiology. 

Inpatient service includes 3-4 months on the medical floor service in the first year and 3-4 months in the intensive care unit the second year.

The fellow participates in outpatient general cardiology clinic for a half day a week throughout the three-year fellowship. Clinical rotations include outpatient and inpatient management of heart disease in children, pediatric cardiac intensive care, cardiac catheterization/ interventional procedures, electrophysiology studies and ablation, noninvasive imaging including transthoracic, transesophageal, fetal echocardiography, and cardiac MRI, adult congenital heart disease, and heart failure/transplant. Beyond our categorical fellowship program, opportunities exist for a fourth year of fellowship training to develop further expertise in interventional catheterization, clinical electrophysiology, non-invasive imaging, adult congenital heart disease, or heart failure/transplant

The division has a strong and close working relationship with the division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, under the programmatic umbrella of the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, which is internationally recognized as a center of excellence.

Research Opportunities

Opportunities to participate in research of all types abound. Virtually all members of the pediatric cardiology staff participate in clinical studies including outcomes research, design and development of innovative/interventional practices and devices, development of imaging techniques, and analysis of the health care system.  The division of Pediatric Cardiology has a dedicated clinical research unit (MCHORD- Michigan Congenital Heart Outcomes and Discovery) to promote, organize and assist with the clinical research effort of all faculty and fellows in the division.  MCHORD faculty dedicated to the fellowship have developed a robust infrastructure for monitoring and supporting fellow research progress.  

Fellows with a clear focus in clinical research investigation may be considered for enrollment in the Masters’ degree program in Clinical Health, an 18 month ‘on job on campus” style program through the school of public health that can be completed alongside fellowship training. 

In addition, opportunities for basic science research, in a number of divisional, as well as university, laboratories exist. The Medical School offers an introduction to molecular biology course and selected and basic research directed fellows are encouraged to enroll. Several of the faculty members have ongoing research activities in cardiac morphogenesis, genetic regulation of cardiac development, identification of cardiac disease related genes, and vascular biology.

Interaction between other disciplines and units and members of the Division have an established track record at Michigan. These include: collaboration with Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Engineering, the school of Public Health, the Departments of Pharmacology, Pathology, and Physiology, the Divisions of Medical Cardiology, Human Genetics, and Hypertension within the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Upjohn Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

Trainee Eligibility and Selection

To be considered, applicants should have completed three years of training in an accredited American or Canadian pediatric residency by the time the fellowship begins. Exceptional applicants will be considered for fast-track review after two years of equivalent pediatric residency. Applicants are notified regarding interviews after the application and evaluation forms have been received. Currently faculty and fellows interview candidates during their visit to Ann Arbor and evaluate eligible candidates for their preparedness, communication skills, motivation, integrity, and aptitude and their previous performance in rigorous residency programs based on the individual interview, the evaluations, and other materials submitted by the applicant.

The division participates in the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship match administered through the National Residency Match Program. Applicants must advise the program director of his/her NRMP number as early as possible. Special consideration for applicants outside the match is possible on an ad hoc basis. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through ERAS.

Supervision Policy

Pediatric Cardiology complies with The University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education supervision policy. To view the policy, please click here.

Carlen Fifer, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director
Pediatric Cardiology
University of Michigan Congenital Heart Ctr
Floor 11 C&W, 1540 East Hospital Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4204
cago@umich.edu

Katie Beall
Fellowship Program Coordinator
University of Michigan Congenital Heart Ctr.
Floor 11 C&W, 1540 East Hospital Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4204
Office: (734) 936-4038
Fax: 734-936-4628 
kschaff@med.umich.edu