How to Apply

Our three-year training program accepts 1-2 fellows per year.

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  At the current time, we can only consider applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents holding green cards, as funding is usually from federal training grants. Highly qualified foreign medical graduates who are ECFMG certified and do not need financial support may also apply. Applications are accepted from July to November; rank lists are due December 2, 2020 and the match date is December 16, 2020.

Requirements for this program are U.S. citizenship (or permanent VISA), the completion of a three-year pediatric residency program, and the necessary qualifications for a resident's physician licensure in the State of Iowa.  This license may be obtained by either passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or other examinations that have reciprocity with the State of Iowa.

The following materials should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

  • Completed online ERAS application
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement (limit to one page)
  • Three letters of recommendation including:
    • 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
  • Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)



Applications deadline to be determined.

Pediatric Board Certification

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

Certification is

  • One mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria
  • Distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise
  • Provides more opportunities when applying for employment
  • Presents resources and tools by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • A commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care
  • 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 Process

Our fellowship coordinator will contact the fellowship candidate by email with an interview offer. After an interview date is made, the applicant will have an itinerary arranged. Generally, interviews are arranged with all the members of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, as well as current fellows, support staff, and selected faculty members from outside the Division. If the fellow candidate has a specific research interest, we will arrange an interview with a faculty member in that area.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to hold virtual interviews for the 2020 match. This will give the applicants the opportunity to meet us and ask questions while still complying with social distancing guidelines and with any travel restrictions that may be in place. Details about the interview day will be provided when an interview is offered.