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The General Pediatrics training program in the Division of General Pediatrics is designed to prepare fellows for a career in Academic General Pediatrics. Fellows gain experience in designing and conducting clinical research, teaching, and supervising residents. Fellows will also enroll in the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) or Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program at Vanderbilt.

Clinical research

Individuals with an interest in pursuing a research career in academic general pediatrics will be given the highest priority. Fellows will be expected to design and implement a clinical research project. This project may serve as the thesis project for the MPH program as well. It is expected that the fellow’s research efforts will result in manuscript(s) for presentation at a national meeting and submission to an academic journal.

Master of Public Health or Master of Clinical Science and Investigation

Students will participate in the MPH or MSCI programs at Vanderbilt. Each program consists of didactic course work, career development opportunities, and mentored research resulting in a manuscript for publication. While enrolled in the MPH or MSCI program, the fellow will receive mentoring from program faculty as well as Division of General Pediatrics faculty. During the course work, the fellow will be relieved of all other Divisional responsibilities. Completion of MPH or MSCI program requirements will result in the attainment of an MPH or MSCI degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


One of the primary strengths of the training program is the mentor relationship. Throughout the fellowship, fellows will meet regularly with the program director. Once a research topic has been identified, the fellow will be assigned a research mentor. Potential mentors can be drawn from the Division faculty, with the potential for co-mentoring by faculty from other divisions and departments. Vanderbilt is a collaborative environment and the fellowship program will work closely with each trainee to find the appropriate set of mentors to meet the trainees' needs.

Clinical and teaching responsibilities

Fellows will function in a supervisory role during their training program, with guidance provided by members of the Division. Clinical duties will comprise approximately 30 percent of the fellow’s time and will include supervising in the Primary Care Center, and in the Pediatric Acute Care clinic of the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center. Fellows will serve one to two months per year as an attending on the inpatient wards and in the newborn nursery as well. Fellows will also participate in the lecture schedule of the Division, delivering one to two lectures per month to residents and medical students.


Applicants will be considered who have completed an accredited Pediatrics residency program and are board-certified or board-eligible as defined by the American Board of Pediatrics. In addition, fellows must meet NIH T32 eligibility criteria (including citizenship criteria-US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or admitted for permanent residence).

Salary and benefits

Fellows will be compensated at the appropriate level of post-graduate training. Fellows will also receive benefits available to all Vanderbilt trainees including health insurance, malpractice insurance and life insurance.


It is highly recommended that completed applications (including letters of recommendation ) are submitted by October 15. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to the program, please submit the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of career intent: a one to two-page letter describing your career interests in general academic pediatrics, research interests, and your career goals
  • Three letters of reference from senior faculty sent directly to the program director.

Submit all materials to:

Bill Heerman, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2200 Children's Way, DOT 8232
Nashville, TN 37232-9225
Email: bill.heerman@vumc.org

Review of applications

Review of applications occurs in two phases:

  1. Initial screening and interviews: After submission of initial application materials, a committee will review applications and invite the most qualified applicants for a one-day interview.
  2. Selection of candidates: Once the interview process has been completed, position(s) will be offered on a priority basis.

For further information contact:

Bill Heerman, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Phone: (615) 322-7080
Fax: (615) 343-7650
Email: bill.heerman@vumc.org

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