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Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hospital-Based Medicine team

The Division of Hospital-Based Medicine launched the first Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship in Illinois in July 2015, and became the first ACGME accredited PHM fellowship in the state in 2020. The fellowship program was founded to promote the development of leaders in academic hospital-based medicine and leverages the clinical and academic assets on the joint medical campuses of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

video: meet fellowship program director Victoria Rodriguez, MD

Fellows engage in diverse clinical experiences at our top-ranked, free-standing tertiary care children’s hospital and in newborn care at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital. Fellows benefit from protected research time and dedicated mentorship to support the development, completion and publication of a scholarly project. A core clinical curriculum and quality improvement education are included, as well as the option to pursue advanced degrees at Northwestern University. Our fellows are eligible to apply for tuition support for these advanced degree programs.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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 Research and Scholarly Projects

Fellows can complete their scholarly project requirements by taking advantage of the myriad opportunities and resources at Lurie Children’s and across Northwestern University. Faculty within the division currently have active research programs in the areas of population health services, health services research, outcomes science, clinical care, medical education, quality improvement, medical ethics/error disclosure, and global health.

Fellows are encouraged to consider obtaining advanced degrees through Northwestern University’s acclaimed master’s programs in Clinical Investigation, Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, Health Sciences and Outcomes Research and Public Health.  We also offer our fellows access to the McGaw Clinical Scholars Programs, which are 2-year programs that provide advanced training in:

  • Bioethics
  • Global Health
  • Health Equity & Advocacy
  • Medical Education

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 Program Structure

The general structure of our program is provided in the table below. It aims to promote the development of clinical, academic and scholarship-focused skills. Our fellowship offers customized clinical training by allowing fellows to identify clinical experiences that match their academic and career interests. Clinical experiences include a blend of core and elective rotations, with a progressive focus on clinical autonomy as fellows advance in their training. A core group of pediatric hospital medicine faculty support the education and mentorship of fellows in each clinical arena in order to maximize evidence-based practice.

The general structure of our program is provided in the table
  Year 1 Year 2
General Inpatient Pediatric Medicine 16 weeks 16 weeks
High Acuity/Critical Care Elective 8 weeks 8 weeks
Newborn Nursery 4 weeks -
Clinical Electives - 4 weeks
Professional Development and Advanced Inpatient Elective - 4 weeks
Research and Scholarly Activity 16 weeks 16 weeks
Research Skills Elective 4 weeks -
Vacation 4 weeks 4 weeks

 Application Process


We will accept applications to our fellowship program through ERAS, and follow the deadlines provided in the ERAS fellowship application timeline.

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview on one of our fall interview dates.

We participate in the NRMP match with rank lists typically closing in mid November.  Match Day is typically at the end of November or early December.

Please send questions regarding our program to our fellowship director:

Victoria Rodriguez:


Discover the many ways our faculty are impacting children's health beyond the hospital.

 Global Health

Each year, as many as 20 third-year pediatric residents travel to Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania, to participate in an educational initiative that provides exposure to the management of complex pediatric diseases in a low-resource setting. Learn more about this extraordinary opportunity.

 Why Northwestern?

Why Northwestern?Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Contact Us

Victoria A. Rodriguez, MD

Victoria A. Rodriguez, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hospital-Based Medicine

VARodriguez( at )

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Sadie A. LaPonsie, MD

Sadie A. LaPonsie, MD

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hospital-Based Medicine

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Craig Garfield, MD, MAPP

Craig Garfield, MD, MAPP

Director of Research, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hospital-Based Medicine

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Afia Jones

Afia Jones

Medical Education Coordinator, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hospital-Based Medicine

hbmfellowship( at )

Deanna Grohmann, MBA

Deanna Grohmann, MBA

Director, Corporate Outreach and Hospital Based Medicine

Hospital-Based Medicine

degrohmann( at )
(312) 227-0078

More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.


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