Fellowship

Overview

Left to Right: Dr. Grossfeld, Dr. Nicholas Dreger, Dr. Jennifer Lehmberg, Dr. Alejandro Borquez, Dr. Othman Aljohani, Dr. Peter Guyon. Not pictured: Dr. Steven Nageotte, Dr. Rachel Moore

The three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology is an ACGME-accredited program designed to prepare exceptional clinicians and investigators to become active participants and leaders in academic pediatric cardiology. The clinical training is provided at Rady Children’s Hospital through the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

The program currently accepts two fellows each year and has the potential for additional subspecialty training in interventional catheterization, electrophysiology and cardiac development/genetics. Fellows are trained through extensive experience as supervised primary caregivers for inpatients and outpatients, typically with one-on-one teaching by faculty cardiologists. Additionally, there is an established didactic conference series attended by all fellows.

Conference Schedule

Tuesdays: Regional Patient Management and Surgical Care Conference (2 hours)

Wednesdays: Core Lecture Series or Fetal Echo Case Conference (1 hour)

Thursdays: Cath or CVICU Conference (alternating weeks) and EP Conference (1-2 hours)

Fridays: Echo Conference or Monthly M&M Conference (1 hour)

Faculty and fellows take active roles in each of these conferences, including frequent journal clubs and a wide range of lectures that prepare each fellow for excelling clinically as well as for the pediatric cardiology board examination. There are additional, less frequent conferences (typically once or twice monthly), including the Fellow Research Conference and the Morbidity and Mortality Conference, during which fellows take an active primary role in the presentations.

Below is the typical month by month breakdown of clinical fellow schedules:

3 Year Total Inpatient (6) CVICU (3) Echo (5) Cath (4) EP (2) Elective (2-3) Research (12)
Year 1 3-4 1 2 2 1 1 1-2
Year 2 2-3 1 2 2 1 1 1-2
Year 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 9

Fellows are also involved in all aspects of outpatient care, with each fellow being assigned to a half-day outpatient clinic that is attended each week during all months except for the inpatient service months. In addition, rotations through the heart failure and transplant clinic, exercise physiology laboratory and pulmonary hypertension clinics are included.

The program includes 12 months of dedicated research time, which is spread out during the final two years with a wide variety of opportunities available in both clinical and basic sciences. The faculty actively participates in mentoring for these projects. The program offers flexibility in scheduling in order to maximize both clinical and research experiences for each fellow.

Application Procedure

A specialty match run by the National Resident Matching Program fills positions in the Pediatric Cardiology Training Program. The schedule of dates can be obtained from the NRMP website at http://www.nrmp.org.

Our timetable for the application process is as follows:

  • Applications and CVs will be reviewed from – July to August.
  • Interviews will be scheduled from September to October.

Applicants apply electronically through ERAS.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate of a medical school located in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
  • Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
  • Graduate of an international medical school located outside the United States and Canada who holds a current, valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and holds a full and unrestricted license in the State of California to practice medicine or has received written notification from the Medical Board of California of approval to commence training in an accredited program in this state; or
  • Graduate of a medical school located outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school, and who provides evidence of compliance with the licensure laws of the State of California.

Our program requires that applicants have completed three years of an accredited general pediatric training program. All fellows must be eligible to have a California medical license when starting the fellowship.

Program Director:

Paul Grossfeld, M.D.
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Division of Cardiology
3020 Children’s Way/MC 5004
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-966-5855
Fax: 858-571-7903
Email: pgrossfeld@ucsd.edu 

Current Fellows:

Othman Aljohani, M.D. (3rd Year Categorical Fellow): Othman grew up in Saudi Arabia where he attended medical school. He did a year of clinical research at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore before starting his residency training  at Children’s National Medical Center/George Washington University in Washington, DC. During his residency training, he earned an M.P.H. degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in medical education and clinical research. He is currently applying for advanced training in heart failure/transplantation.

Alejandro Borquez, M.D. (2nd Year Categorical Fellow): Alejandro grew up in Tijuana, Baja California before he went to Dartmouth College for undergraduate and UC Davis School of Medicine. He then did residency at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford before coming back to San Diego. His medical interests include international medicine, electrophysiology and critical care.

Peter Guyon, M.D. (2nd Year Categorical Fellow): Peter is originally from Salt Lake City and completed an undergraduate degree in English at Brigham Young University before attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in pediatrics at UC San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital and stayed for his fellowship in pediatric cardiology. His medical interests include interventional cardiology and humanitarian outreach. When not at the hospital, he enjoys basketball, tennis, biking, hiking and golfing poorly.

Nicholas Dreger, M.D. (1st Year Categorical Fellow): Nick hails from a small town in northern Wisconsin, went to UW-Madison for undergrad and Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. He then found his way to California for a pediatrics residency at the University of California Irvine – Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is interested in general cardiology and electrophysiology.

Jennifer Lehmberg, M.D. (1st Year Categorical Fellow): Jenn is a native Texan who got her start at the McGovern School of Medicine in Houston but has since been making her way across the country for her medical training. She did her categorical pediatrics residency at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to UC San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital for her pediatric cardiology fellowship. Her particular interests within medicine include sustainable global health initiatives, especially in Latin America, and legislative advocacy within the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Stephen Nageotte, M.D. (Interventional Fellow): Steve is currently the 4th year Interventional Fellow at Rady Children’s. A Southern California native, he went to Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate educaton before returning to UC Irvine for medical school and business school. He spent the last six years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for his pediatric residency and cardiology fellowship.

Rachel Moore, M.D. (Research Fellow)