How to Apply

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Our program participates in the NRMP Subspecialty Matching Service, as part of the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match (PSFM).  Please visit the NRMP PSFM website for information about current fellowship application and match dates. Because fellowship funding is primarily derived from federal training grants, we preferentially consider applications from U.S. citizens or green card holders.  Foreign medical graduates who have an ECFMG certificate may also apply.

Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed application on ERAS
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Four letters of recommendation including:
    • Medical School Dean’s letter (same as required for residency) 
    • Pediatric Residency Director, and two additional faculty (or other appropriate individuals of your choice) 
    • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Examination Scores
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (applies to international medical graduates only)
  • Passport-style photograph (optional)

A 2-year fellowship application may be possible for specific candidates. Please contact the Program Director to discuss if you are interested.

  • Eligible candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Residency and ACGME-accredited Pediatric Subspecialty
  • American Board of Pediatrics research requirement must be satisfied by first accredited fellowship
  • Applications will still go through ERAS/NRMP

Direct program-related questions to:

Fellowship Director

Sarah Haskell, DO
Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Phone: 1-319-353-6464
Email: sarah-haskell@uiowa.edu


PICU Simulation Director & Fellowship Associate Director

 

Shilpa Balikai, DO
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Simulation Program
Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Phone: 1-319-467-8561
Email: shilpa-balikai@uiowa.edu


Fellowship Coordinator

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Richard Bonar
Coordinator, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Phone: 1-319-467-8561
Email: richard-bonar@uiowa.edu

Accrediting Board

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Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

One mission of our training program is to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria for Pediatric Critical Care.  Board certification distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise, provides more opportunities when applying for employment, presents resources and tools by the ABMS, and elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Pediatrics for specifics on board certification requirements.

The Interview Timeline

Ninja and Adi, photoWe interview approximately 10 candidates for each available position. Our interview season begins early September and continues through the end of October. Our program participates in the NRMP Subspecialty Matching Service, as part of the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match (PSFM). Please visit the NRMP PSFM website for information about current fellowship application and match dates. Incoming fellows must be available to start training on July 1st and must be licensed to practice by the State of Iowa by June 30th.

Once your application materials have been received through ERAS and reviewed, our program director will contact you to invite you for an interview. Due to our call and conference schedules, we prefer a Tuesday or Thursday interview date, but will be flexible with applicant schedules.  

Due to COVID-19 we will be conducting all interviews virtually.

During your interview you will have the opportunity to talk individually with Pediatric Critical Care faculty and fellows. If there are additional UIHC faculty members and/or research mentors with whom you would like to meet, we are glad to arrange for you to meet with them.