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The goal of the Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt is to prepare you for a career as a physician-scientist through world-class mentoring and exposure to systematic training in research methodology.

During your fellowship, you will gain experience designing and conducting research, writing grants, writing manuscripts, presenting at meetings, teaching and supervising residents. All fellows have the opportunity to enroll in either the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) or Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program at Vanderbilt.

On this page you will find

  • A letter from the fellowship director
  • A description of the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt
  • A detailed list of core components during your fellowship
  • Information on applying to the program

Finally, our program has a track-record of success. View a list of recent graduates.

Letter from the Fellowship Director

Thank you for considering the General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship at Vanderbilt.

As a graduate of the fellowship myself, I cannot speak highly enough of the training experience you will receive here. Our faculty is tirelessly committed to the success of our trainees, and our program has a track record of success. Most of our fellows remain on to become faculty at academic medical centers, with positions funded by K-awards and later by R01s from the NIH. But several of our recent graduates are now working in the public health arena, including leadership positions at the CDC and state health department.

On this page you'll find a detailed accounting of our core commitments and priorities for your time during fellowship. Whatever your interests, if you are considering a career in academic general pediatrics I would love the chance to talk with you about how a fellowship at Vanderbilt Medical Center could fit into your career plans.

If you're like me, Vanderbilt (and Nashville) may be a pleasant surprise when you take the time to consider us: a world-class medical research institution, a commitment to training the next generation of researchers with a track record of success and a home in one of the most up-and-coming cities in the nation.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at bill.heerman@vumc.org. Thanks again for taking the time to consider our program.

Bill Heerman, M.D. MPH

Bill Heerman, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Fellowship Director, Academic General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Who are we?

The Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt is a collaborative environment with research faculty dedicated to improving the health of children and their families to help children reach their full potential. We pride ourselves in the way we advance cutting edge clinical and translational research by engaging our patients and our community as partners in scientific discovery. Our research faculty have a diverse set of interests in health care delivery, community-based interventions, precision pediatrics, and maternal-child health. We have expertise in life course research, child obesity, pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics, large dataset analysis, asthma, environmental epidemiology, autism and ethics.

Following are recent publications by our research faculty.

  • Effect of a Behavioral Intervention for Underserved Preschool-Age Children on Change in BMI. JAMA. August, 2018 Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions for Children and Opioid-Related Adverse Events. Pediatrics. August, 2018
  • Association Between Maternal 2nd Trimester Plasma Folate Level and Infant Bronchiolitis. Maternal Child Health Journal. July 2018
  • Factors impacting employment for people with autism spectrum disorder: A scoping review. Autism. August 2018
  • Association Between Early Postoperative Acetaminophen Exposure and Acute Kidney Injury in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery. JAMA Pediatrics. July 2018.
  • Antibiotic Use and Weight Outcomes in Children: The PCORnet Antibiotics and Growth Study. Pediatrics. In press.
  • A longitudinal Study of Estrogen-Responsive Tissues and Hormone Concentrations in Infants Fed Soy Formula. J Clin Endocrinol Metabolism, May 2018
  • Physicians' perspectives on receiving unsolicited genomic results. Genetic Medicine, June 2018

Core components

  1. Clinical research
  2. Master of Public Health or Master of Clinical Science and Investigation
  3. Mentoring
  4. Clinical and teaching responsibilities
Application process
  1. Qualifications
  2. Salary and benefits
  3. Applications
  4. Review of Applications

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.


If you are interested in applying for an Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) Fellowship participating in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), you must complete the following:

Letters of Recommendation:
You will need 3 letters of recommendation. If you are a current resident, 1 letter must be from your current Program Director. Make sure each individual receives a confidential reference report. A report must be submitted alongside each letter of recommendation. Letter writers should submit their letters of recommendation along with a confidential reference report via email directly to the Fellowship Program Director.
Applicants must email the below application materials directly to each fellowship program:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement

Submit all materials via email 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

Vanderbilt's General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship participates in the NRMP Match. Register and complete your rank order list on the NRMP website.

The General Academic Pediatrics Match dates follow the Fall Pediatric Specialties Match and including the following key dates (all times Eastern):

  • Sept 25 – Match opens at 12 p.m.
  • Oct 30 – Ranking opens at 12 p.m.
  • Dec 04 – Rank order list certification deadline at 9 p.m.
  • Dec 18 – Match Day at 12 p.m.

Applications should still be submitted directly to Dr. Heerman via email (not using ERAS).

Bill Heerman, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Phone: (615) 322-7080
Fax: (615) 343-7650

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