Pediatric Fellowships

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The OHSU Department of Pediatrics is committed to providing the highest quality pediatric subspecialty training. Our fellowships are led by program directors who are experts in their fields, and supported by dedicated, enthusiastic faculty and staff. In addition to clinical training, each program provides fellows with a variety of opportunities for scholarship/research and supplements the education through fellowship specific teaching curricula. 

We offer six main subspecialty fellowships: pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care medicine, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric hematology/oncology, neonatal-perinatal medicine, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. We also offer a residency program in child neurology. Additional fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric palliative care are offered through the respective departments. All of our programs are ACGME-accredited. 

Applications are accepted through ERAS, and programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP); please see program’s website for specific application instructions. Please also see the OHSU GME information on Applying to OHSU Residencies and Fellowships.

Pediatric Cardiology

Next position available: July 2021

Our fellowship program provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to academically oriented trainees. Fellows are trained in all aspects of pediatric cardiology. The patient volume and acuity are appropriately challenging, while still facilitating the educational opportunity in each experience. The three-year curriculum provides ample elective and research experience. Our program is proud to produce exceptionally trained graduates with the skills and opportunities to become leaders in any aspect of the field. 

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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Next position available: July 2021

The Doernbecher PICU is a 20-bed unit with an average daily census of 15 patients. We have a diverse patient population, including pediatric medical, general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, renal transplant, cardiac and respiratory ECMO and multi-system trauma patients. Patients come primarily from Oregon, southern Washington, northern California, Idaho, and Montana. Doernbecher has an active dedicated pediatric transport team allowing the fellow to become comfortable with pediatric transports. 

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Pediatric Endocrinology

Next position available: July 2021

The OHSU Division of Pediatric Endocrinology has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care and commitment to education and research. Our program consists of faculty members who are experts in the field of endocrine disorders as well as accomplished researchers and clinicians. We are actively involved in both clinical and basic science research, and collaborate with more than 20 research laboratories dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders. 

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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Next position available: July 2021

Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University collaborate to offer one of the finest pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship training programs in the nation. The clinical service, faculty, and state-of-the-art research programs provide an excellent setting for this specialized training. Designed to prepare MDs, MD/PhDs, or DOs for academic careers, this comprehensive training program affords opportunities for fellows to work alongside renowned faculty physicians to gain a valuable in-depth clinical and scholarly activity experience.  

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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Next position available: July 2021

The overarching goal of fellowship training in NPM at OHSU is to provide an environment where trainees develop expertise in the clinical, research, and educational skills requisite to a successful career in academic neonatology. We are committed to individualizing the educational experiences to best meet the unique career goals of our fellows. Through a competency-based, needs-driven curriculum, we utilize didactic teaching, experiential learning, and simulation-based training to achieve the learning objectives set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics for NPM fellowship training.  

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Child Neurology

Next position available: July 2021

High-quality clinical care is directly linked to the education of students, residents, and fellows. This is why the OHSU Child Neurology Residency Program is a top priority of the Division of Neurology. Our goal is to train clinical neuroscientists – individuals who provide expert patient care in the context of a strong foundation of basic and clinical neurosciences and who have the skills to pursue diverse career pathways, clinical and/or academic. Mentorship is abundantly available to help define, pursue, and reach those personalized goals. 

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Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Next position available: July 2021

The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) offers a residency in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) for pediatricians whom we anticipate will become leaders in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and other neurobehavioral problems. The training program is most appropriate for the pediatrician who wishes to pursue a career in neurodevelopmental and/or neurobehavioral pediatrics. 

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Next position available: July 2021

The OHSU Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship unites Oregon's two pediatric referral centers - OHSU's Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Legacy's Randall Children's Hospital - to create a unique and comprehensive training experience for fellows with either pediatric or emergency medicine training backgrounds. PEM fellows work with core PEM faculty, intensivists, and pediatric specialists to provide high-quality pediatric emergency care to a diverse set of patients from across the Pacific Northwest. Our access to both community and academic settings allows fellows to excel in the areas of education, research, and complex medical care while honing their critical care management, trauma assessment, ultrasound proficiency, and procedural skills. 

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Hospice and Palliative Medicine – Pediatric Track

Next position available: July 2022

The OHSU Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, in association with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care Program, offers a robust pediatric track experience. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is the main training site for the pediatric track fellow; there, the Bridges Program is well positioned to provide a pediatrician with rigorous interdisciplinary training in hospice and palliative medicine, both in terms of number of cases and patient mix. Patient opportunities encompass the full pediatric range from fetal therapy consultations to encounters with older adolescents impacted by acute or chronic severe illnesses; these might occur in the inpatient, outpatient, and home settings. By design, the fellow also receives considerable exposure to adult hospice and palliative medicine, enabling them to develop reliable skills to care for adult patients, through rotations at the main OHSU and VA hospitals as well as with our community hospice partners. Rich didactic opportunities abound – some of them in conjunction with social work, chaplaincy, and psychology palliative care trainees – with a year-long curriculum intended to round out the fellow’s knowledge base, sim lab experiences, and longitudinal communication workshops.

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OHSU benefits and resources

Information on OHSU benefits, including salary, insurance, and transportation, is available on the GME Employment and Benefits website

Additionally, there are many campus resources to help support wellness, including the Resident Faculty Wellness Programmindfulness servicesMarch Wellness & Fitness Center, and a biking incentive program.

Department of Pediatrics resources

The Pediatric Fellowship Committee (PFC) oversees the Department of Pediatrics fellow training experience, and is dedicated to fostering meaningful growth in our fellows’ career paths and providing the richest opportunities that the department and OHSU can offer. The PFC includes all pediatric fellowship directors and associate directors, department education leaders, and two peer-elected fellow representatives. 

The PFC oversees the following resources for all pediatric fellows: 

All-Fellows Retreat
The annual retreat is a time for all of our fellows to get together off campus for community building and professional development. Our 2020 retreat, held at a local vineyard, included expert facilitator-led sessions on leadership skills and career development, in addition to helping to build a community amongst the trainees through meals, group work, and relaxation.

A group photo of the 2020 class of OHSU Pediatric Fellows at their annual retreat.

All-Fellows Conference Series
PFC organizes a monthly professional development conference series for fellows that ranges on topics from job search and financial planning to teaching and feedback, among others. We try to capitalize on opportunity to bring fellows together to help build a support community for each other while learning essential skills that are relevant across specialties. Conferences are held over the noon hour, and lunch is provided. 

Professional development stipends
To support fellows’ scholarly work, $1500 per fellow per fiscal year is budgeted by the Department of Pediatrics for professional development activities. These funds are primarily used to attend or present research at scientific meetings. 

Pediatric Trainee Research Night
PFC hosts the annual Department of Pediatrics Trainee Research Night, a poster and oral presentation session to showcase our pediatric trainees’ scholarly work. Senior fellows are required to present, and all other fellows, residents, and medical students are encouraged to present their completed or in-progress pediatrics research. Please see our 2019 Research Night abstract booklet.

Fellowship awards
To recognize the exemplary work and qualities of our pediatric fellows, the following are awarded annually to a fellow selected through a faculty or peer voting process:  

  • Joseph B Bilderback – OHSU Pediatric Fellow Teaching Award: recognizes exemplary clinical teaching and patient care.  

  • Robert C Neerhout Fellow Award: recognizes all-around excellence in teaching, patient care, research, and collegiality  

  • Fellowship Research Award: recognizes outstanding accomplishments in research by a fellow 

  • Cheryl Hanna Pediatric Fellow Humanism Award: recognizes outstanding compassion, selflessness, contributions to society and care for patient well-being

As part of the American Board of Pediatrics training requirement, each fellow is required to devote a portion of their training towards scholarship. We are fortunate at OHSU and Doernbecher to be able to offer a wide breadth of research opportunities, from the very basic sciences to clinical and translational research, as well as health services research, quality improvement, medical education, and advocacy. OHSU and many of its regional affiliates are available for collaboration and/or as primary research sites.  

As part of their subspecialty training, all Department of Pediatrics fellows are required to participate in the OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP), which strives to provide an educational foundation for successful, comprehensively trained researchers based upon the competencies of clinical and translational research. 

The cost of the HIP Certificate in Human Investigations is covered by the department. Fellows typically complete the coursework requirements over a two year time period, with protected time from their fellowship for the coursework. Fellows may also have the opportunity to undertake additional coursework or a Master of Clinical Research degree, and should discuss options and career goals with their program director.

Portland is a dynamic and beautiful city known for its vibrant arts scene; community and cultural events; natural beauty and outdoor activities; and exceptional restaurants, food trucks, coffee, breweries, and farmer’s markets. The surrounding area includes numerous vineyards, you-pick farms, lakes, hiking trails, and campgrounds. The Colombia River Gorge, Oregon Coast, and Mt. Hood are all within an easy drive – in 30 minutes, you can be hiking behind waterfalls along the Gorge; in less than two hours, you can be walking along the Oregon coast or skiing at Mt. Hood. The Pacific Northwest is truly a stunning and special place to live. Most fellows live within 15-30 minutes of the hospital, in a reasonably priced housing environment. The commute to work, via public or private transportation, is generally undemanding relative to many large cities.  

Please check out the resources below for more information on attractions, events, and resources in the Portland area: 

OHSU Living in Portland: https://www.ohsu.edu/education/living-portland 

Travel Portland: https://www.travelportland.com/