How to Apply

Our Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program accepts one new trainee each year. Applicants must have an MD or DO degree from an accredited institution, and must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. We accept applications through ERAS. Pediatric Pulmonary programs will transition from the 18 month December ERAS application cycle (Spring) to the 12 month July ERAS application cycle (Fall) for fellows who will begin their training in July 2017. Therefore, our interviewing season will be from August to October 2016 for the July 2017 openings.

To apply, submit the following through ERAS:

  • My ERAS application
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from residency director)
  • Personal Statement 
  • Medical school transcript
  • Wallet-size color photography
  • USMLE transcript (transmitted by the NBME)
  • COMPLEX transcript (transmitted by teh NBOME for DO applicants)
  • ECFMG status report (for international medical graduates only) 

Direct Program-related Questions to:

Scott Sheets, MD

Scott Sheets, MD
Director, Pulmonology Fellowship
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Pulmonary
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, E110-H General Hospital (GH)
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
Office: 1-319-384-6773


Rick Bonar
Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Coordinator
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, 2015-21 Boyd Tower (BT)
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-467-8561

Criteria for Candidacy

“Disease knows no geographic boundaries, it is essential to ensure that we continue to foster, rather than impede, scientific cooperation with physicians and researchers of all nationalities, as we strive to keep our country healthy” - AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD

Our commitment to this idea reflects in our criteria for candidacy, which is outlined below:

  • Graduate from one of the following:
    • United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • United States college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • medical school outside the United States or Canada with:
      • a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and have a passing score for Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE,
      • be a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or hold a visa which provides eligibility to work in the U.S. Typical visas are J-1 (requires Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE and ECFMG certification) and H1-B (requires departmental approval, and Steps 1, 2 and 3 of USMLE, and an Iowa medical license)
  • Meet Iowa Board of Medicine licensure requirements

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.


Pediatric Pulmonary is a July Application Cycle specialty. Applicants may begin applying and programs begin receiving applications starting in July. Interviews will take place from August - October with the match ranking beginning in October. The deadline for rank order is in November, with the match day occurring in December for the following year July start date.

Please visit ERAS  for more information.

The Interview

When do interviews take place?

Interviews will take place from August – October for the following year July start date. Our fellowship program coordinator will reach out to determine your availability by email and once a date is agreed upon, an itinerary will be arranged and provided to the candidate well in advance of the date.  Generally candidates arrive the evening before the interview and depart late afternoon the day of the interview. The candidate will arrange their own flight reservation and the fellowship program is pleased to provide hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation to and from the hospital and airport.

What should I expect the night before my interview?

One of our team members will meet you in the hotel lobby to escort you to dinner with current fellows, faculty members and significant others.  Dress is casual but remember to wear a light jacket in case of cooler evening temperatures. This get-together is an opportunity for you to meet us, your potential future colleagues, and we are here to answer your questions. Don’t be shy about asking about the things that are on your mind.

What should I expect on the interview day?

We will arrange for transportation from your hotel to the hospital, which will be outlined in your itinerary. We suggest business attire for your interview day. We are happy to keep any personal belongings for you in a secure place for the duration of your visit. We will provide to you an overview of the program, tour of the facilities, meetings with program director, division director, faculty members, research physicians, and a lunch meeting with current fellows. Depending on travel arrangements, meetings may extend into the afternoon.