Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview/Goals

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will train pediatricians to become academic pediatric hospitalists who provide safe, superior patient care, are well versed in patient safety, quality and process improvement, perform-high level quality/patient safety research, and attain leadership roles in their careers. These goals will be attained by a two-year immersion experience in the following areas:

  • Management of pediatric inpatients and learning teams
  • Quality improvement/patient safety/care outcomes
  • Sedation/pain management/associated electives
  • Billing/coding/revenue enhancement
  • Education/leadership

Research basics

All training occurs at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a 225-bed freestanding children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids is also home to 18 other Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residencies and fellowships, as well as the main campus of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

Fellowship at a Glance

Fellows per year: two
Duration of program: two years
Application deadline: November 10, 2017

National Resident Matching Program match timeline:
  • July 1, 2017: Application season opens
  • September 27, 2017: Match opens
  • October 27, 2017: Rank order list entry opens
  • November 29, 2017: Rank order list certification deadline
  • December 13, 2017: Match day
Application and fellowship requirements:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two or more letters of recommendation, one from residency program director or current clinical supervisor (if residency already completed)
  • Personal statement, including goals for training in a hospitalist fellowship
  • Completed common application (will be sent to applicants)
  • American Board of Pediatrics certified or eligible
  • No visa requirement
  • Unrestricted license to practice in Michigan
  • Current BLS and PALS certification; NRP certification desired but optional
  • For questions about fellowship, contact
Application materials should be sent to:

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship application (61 KB DOCX)

Deb Crisman, Administrative Project Coordinator
Attn: Jeri Kessenich, MD, Program Director
100 Michigan Street NE, Mail Code 169
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Email (preferred):

Clinical Experience


8 blocks required Clinical Care rotations (General Academic and Community Hospital Medicine, Complex Care, Co-management and Consults, Care and Stabilization of the Critically Ill Child, and Newborn experiences will be included in these 8 blocks).  Community Hospital Medicine rotation will occur outside of HDVCH.

3 blocks required Systems and Scholarship rotations (Improvement Science, Patient Safety, Leadership and Approach to Scholarly Production will be included in these 3 blocks)

1 block required Individualized Curriculum (elective options include Advanced Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care, Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Nephrology, Toxicology, Sedation, Global Health and Individualized Rotations).  Sedation will be required by the program in either the first or second year

1 block vacation


5 blocks required Systems and Scholarship rotations (Medical Education, Practice Management/Business Administration, Teaching, and Advocacy will be included in these blocks, as well as advanced work in Improvement Science and Patient Safety)

 7 blocks required Individualized Curriculum  elective options include Advanced Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care, Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Nephrology, Toxicology, General Hospital Medicine, Sedation, Global Health and Individualized Rotations).  Sedation will be required by the program in either the first or second year.

1 block vacation

Electives/Selectives include:  Palliative Care, Ethics, Advanced Infectious Disease/Global Health, Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Nephrology, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Surgery, Advanced Neonatal Critical Care, Pain Management, Toxicology, Antibiotic Stewardship, Advanced Pediatric Critical Care, Newborn Medicine, International Pediatrics (Haiti)

Academic, Educational and Administrative Experiences

  • Attendance at national pediatric hospitalist meeting annually
  • Completion of pediatric stabilization and/or pediatric sedation courses (local)
  • Participation in leading simulation sessions with residents and medical students
  • Regular presentations at Hospitalist Journal Club
  • Regular attendance at all fellows’ didactics and research conferences
  • Immersion experience in patient safety with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Safety/Quality team
    • IHI Open School training
    • LIFE Curriculum
    • Process Improvement Bronze training
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) team training
  • Original scholarly project completion in area of patient safety/quality research
  • Bench or clinical research projects can be completed, too, as desired
  • Submission of abstract to national meeting and for publication in second year
  • Assigned didactic conferences for residents and medical students
  • Other committee participation, as assigned

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Highlights

  • 225-bed freestanding children’s hospital
  • Annual admissions: 7,700 inpatient; 1,400 NICU; 1,400 PICU
  • More than 53,000 annual ED visits
  • U.S. News and World Report Top 50 Children’s Hospital
  • Multiple awards for patient safety leadership programs
  • High caliber Pediatrics (14/year) and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (four/year) residencies, as well as many others who rotate through Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Plastics, Transitional Year, Family Medicine, etc.)
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, with opportunities for teaching medical students at all levels

Fellowship Mentorship/Oversight

  • Career mentor
  • Scholarly project mentor
  • Scholarship Oversight Committee
  • Curriculum/Education Committee


  • Health, dental, basic life, disability insurance
  • Malpractice insurance provided
  • Educational stipend
  • Parking included
  • Office space, computer, pager, phone, call rooms

Meet Our Team

The hospitalist division at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is made up of 13 physicians, three nurse practitioners and two administrative support employees. We have a broad range of interests, including bench research, patient safety/quality, peer review, billing and coding, education to learners of all levels, collaborative outcomes research, process improvement and clinical research, among others.

Why Grand Rapids?

  • Second-largest city in Michigan; 200,000 in city proper; one million in metro area
  • Groupon’s 2015 “Number one place you must visit in 2015”
  • Art Prize—world’s richest and most radically open art competition
  • Number 1 Beer City two years running—unbelievable microbreweries
  • Top 50 best U.S. cities for cycling
  • Short drive to Lake Michigan
  • Minor league baseball, hockey and basketball teams
  • Outdoor paradise
  • Beautiful medical facilities