Application Process

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Application Process 

Prerequisites for Accredited Fellowship:
To be considered, applicants should have completed (or be scheduled to complete) an ACGME accredited three-year pediatric residency and must be board certified (or board eligible) in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics by July 2021.

Foreign Trained Applicants:
Foreign trained applicants must either hold or being willing to convert to a J1 Visa. No exceptions will be made as this is a Stanford (i.e. not pediatric cardiology) policy. 

Application Requirements Checklist:
Applications and supporting documents are to be submitted through ERAS. Applications must be complete by July 31st. We will be accepting 6 fellows to begin their training in 2022.

Contact information regarding pending applications and interviews:

Lupe Romero-Villanueva
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (650) 721-6849
Fax: (650) 725-8343

Holly Lewin
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (650) 725-5232
Fax: (650) 725-8343

Program Director:

Scott Ceresnak, MD
Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Stanford
750 Welch Road, Suite 305
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Associate Program Director:

Alisa Arunamata, MD and Neha Purkey, MD

Application Components

  • Personal Statement
  • This is your opportunity to let us get to know you and take your application out of the very large stack of competing applications. What makes you special? Why are you a particularly good candidate for us? Why is Stanford a good fit for you? What in your background has prepared you to excel in fellowship? Our screening process puts a great deal of weight on the personal statement so make sure yours gets noticed. 

  • Letters of Recommendation (no more than four letters). 
  • While there are no specific criteria for who should submit letters on your behalf, when possible, letters from Division/Department/Residency leaders, members of your institution’s division of cardiology, and research mentors are preferred. Most importantly, however, letters should come from individuals who know you, your qualities, and your potential the best. In addition, please have each of your referees complete the standardized evaluation form (click here to retrieve form, or available through ERAS). 

  • Dean's letter and evaluation
  • Medical school transcript 
  • Copies of USMLE scores or COMLEX scores  
  • Immigration visa copy (if applicable)  
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate (if applicable)

Application Timeline and Selection Procedure

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows. Applicants apply directly to the department and register with the NRMP. Our program code is: 1820325F0  

July 7, 2020

MyERAS opens to applicants

July 21, 2021

Programs being receiving applications

August 12, 2021

Deadline for application completion. Incomplete
applications after this date will not be considered.

Mid-Late August

Invitations to interview sent out. Due to the large
number of applications we receive, we are not
able to interview all who apply.

end of August- mid November 2021

Interviews are held on select Mondays,
and Wednesdays. Only three applicants will
be scheduled for a given day. A typical interview
day is shown below (see Interview Procedures)

December 1, 2021

Applicant review, rank list finalization, and
submission. Applicants will be considered based
on the strength of their application, impression of
the faculty and fellows from the interview day,
letters of reference, and potential to contribute
effectively to the program and the field of pediatric
cardiology.

December 15, 2021

NRMP Match Day at 12:00 pm ET

Women and Minority Candidates

Please note that Stanford University Medical Center is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups in its residency and fellowship training programs and particularly encourages applications from such individuals. The Department of Pediatrics fully supports this policy.

Military Candidates

We are aware that military candidates are not always notified of their selection by the GME selection board (GMESB) in time to apply during the NRMP match. We welcome applications by these residents outside of the match and will consider their application even in the setting of a full incoming class.