Cardiology Fellowship Program

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine offer the largest accredited Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship program in the Southeast. Our Cardiology Fellowship program was accredited, without citations, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003.

Download our Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship program brochure to learn more

Why Choose Children's

We are uniquely positioned to leverage the high patient volumes and excellent outcomes of Children's and the academic strength of Emory University to provide a comprehensive training program in all disciplines of Pediatric Cardiology. There are also opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rollins School of Public Health, Goizueta Business School and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Key facts about Children's Sibley Heart Center

  • We are ranked one of the top pediatric heart and heart surgery programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our Cardiac Step-down Unit and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit have earned gold-level and silver-level Beacon Awards for Excellence, respectively.  
  • Our patient volumes are among the highest in the country.
  • Children's the largest pediatric heart transplant program in the nation by volume—having managed more than 346 heart transplants since the program's inception in 1988, including 16 transplants in 2016.
  • With 27 beds, we have one of the largest dedicated pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units in the country.
  • In addition to being on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, our physicians and scientists collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia Institute of Technology to develop new ways to prevent congenital heart defects and to improve long-term outcomes of those with CHD.
  • Fortune magazine has included Children’s on its elite list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 12 consecutive years.

How to Apply

Prerequisites for fellowship

In order to be considered, applicants must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved pediatric or internal medicine/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.

Application requirements

We accept applications until December 31 but encourage application materials to be complete by December 1 when ERAS opens to programs. Incomplete applications after this date will not be considered.

To apply for the program, you must submit:

  1. Online application through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) 
  2. Personal statement (one page only)
    • Why do you want to specialize in pediatric cardiology?
    • What past experiences have given you this motivation?
    • What are your career plans/goals?
  3. Letters of recommendation (no more than four) including:
    • Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Evaluation form (found and submitted through ERAS)
    • Letters from faculty members who know you well and can speak to the qualities that will make you a good fellow, such as:
      • A member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at your residency training institution
      • Residency Program Director 
      • A professional of your choosing
      • Research mentor (if applicable)
  4. Dean's letter and evaluation
  5. Medical school transcript
  6. Copies of United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) scores

Visit Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply

Application timeline and selection procedure

Applicants apply directly to the department. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows.

Register with NRMP using our program code: 1113325F0

Early June 2018: Applicants can begin working on their application through ERAS

Early July 2018: Program opens for applicants

July 15 2018: Program begins to download applications

July 31 2018: Deadline for completed applications. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Early Aug. 2018: Invitations for interviews are sent out. Due to the large number of applications submitted, we are unable to interview all applicants. 

Aug.-Nov. 2018: Interviews with selected applicants. The committee will meet at the end of the interview process to review the applicants and prepare the order list for the NRMP.

Sept. 2018: NRMP opens 

Nov. 2018: Fellowship Selection Committee ranks applicants based on personal interview, prior performance, letters of recommendation and academic promise. 

Early Dec. 2018: NRMP match results are posted

Contact information

For more information about our fellowship program, contact:

Shelley M. Ash
Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404-785-6210
Fax: 404-785-9188
Email: Shelley.Ash@choa.org