Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview/Goals

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital trains 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 are attained by a two-year immersion experience in the following areas:

  • Management of pediatric inpatients and learning teams
  • Quality improvement/patient safety/process improvement/care outcomes
  • Sedation/pain management/associated electives
  • Individual curriculum 
  • Billing/coding/revenue enhancement
  • Clinical research/education/leadership

Training basics

Training occurs at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a 230-bed freestanding children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The community hospital medicine rotation is completed in one of three different locations from the Grand Rapids area to St. Joseph to Traverse City.  Grand Rapids is also home to 26 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency and fellowship programs in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Fellowship at a Glance

Fellows per year: two
Duration of program: two years
Application deadline: November 17, 2019

National Resident Matching Program match timeline:

  • July 1, 2019: Application season opens
  • September 25, 2019: Match opens
  • October 30, 2019: Rank order list entry opens
  • December 4, 2019: Rank order list certification deadline
  • December 18, 2019: 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 (available here
  • American Board of Pediatrics certified or eligible
  • No visa requirement
  • Unrestricted license to practice in Michigan
  • Current BLS and PALS certification; NRP certification strongly encouraged
  • For questions about fellowship, contact

Application materials should be sent to:

Deb Crisman, Program Coordinator
Attn: Jeri Kessenich, MD, Program Director
100 Michigan Street NE, Mail Code 169
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Email (preferred):


Year One

  • Four blocks: Hospital Medicine at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
  • Four blocks: Scholarly Activity/Research
  • One block: Community Hospital Medicine
  • One block: Sedation
  • One block: PICU
  • Two blocks: Electives 
  • Four weeks vacation

Year Two

  • Four blocks: Hospital Medicine at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
  • Four blocks: Scholarly Activity/Research
  • One block: Newborn Medicine
  • Four blocks: Electives
  • Four weeks vacation


Electives offered include advanced infectious disease (advanced infectious diseases/antibiotic stewardship), advanced pediatric emergency medicine, palliative care/chronic pain management, child abuse and neglect, advanced nephrology, toxicology, advanced pediatric surgery, advanced pulmonology, genetics and metabolism, hospital administration and leadership, global health and design-an-elective. 

Academic, Educational, Administrative & Extra-Curricular Experiences 

  • Mandatory attendance at national pediatric hospitalist meeting and AAP Section of Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference during first year 
  • Attendance at national hospital meeting and/or PAS conference during second year 
  • Completion of Fundamentals of Pediatric Critical Care Stabilization and SPS Sedation Provider courses
  • Monthly participation in leading simulation sessions with residents and medical students
  • Monthly presentations at Hospitalist Journal Club
  • Weekly attendance at all fellows’ didactics and research conferences
  • Completed curriculum in Quality/Patient Safety/Process Improvement with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Safety/Quality team
    • IHI Open School training
    • 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 in first year
  • Assigned didactic conferences for residents and medical students
  • Other committee participation, as assigned
  • Fellows as Teachers Curriculum
  • Business of Medicine Practicum  
  • Resident/Fellow Wellness Program 
  • Resident/Fellow Diversity Council 
  • House Staff Council
  • Intramural Sports 
  • Global Health Interest Group

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Highlights

  • Level 1 Trauma Center with large volume and high acuity 
  • More than 300 pediatric physicians who practice in 50 pediatric specialties and programs
  • 230-bed freestanding children’s hospital
  • Annual admissions: 9,100 inpatient; 1,400 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; 2,200 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • More than 56,000 annual Emergency Department visits
  • Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is Michigan's largest neonatal center and one of the largest in the nation
  • U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Children’s Hospital
  • Multiple awards for patient safety leadership programs
  • High caliber Pediatrics (20/year) and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (4/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
  • Fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Palliative Care Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology

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
  • Meal cards for overnight shifts 

Meet Our Team

pediatric hospital medicine team

The hospitalist division at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is made up of 17 physicians, five nurse practitioners and an administrative support employee. 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
  • We are a diverse city with almost 30% of the population between 20 and 35 years of age
  • Art Prize—world’s richest and most radically open art competition
  • Number 1 Beer City—unbelievable microbreweries
  • Top 50 best U.S. cities for cycling
  • Short drive to Lake Michigan
  • Minor league baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball teams
  • Outdoor paradise for running, cycling, hiking and swimming 
  • Beautiful medical facilities
  • Amazing restaurants and concert venues