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Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

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Program Director

John Waldhausen, MD 

Program Overview

This fellowship covers the entire spectrum of pediatric surgery, with a high volume of neonatal, oncologic and minimally invasive surgery cases. Fellows are also expected to attend clinic and become familiar with the outpatient aspects of pediatric surgery. Our fellows gain extensive experience in caring for critically ill infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The Pediatric Surgery Fellowship was established in 1967 and benefits from the expertise of dedicated teachers who enjoy sharing their knowledge.

This is a clinical fellowship covering the broad spectrum of pediatric surgery. Emphasis is on the pre-, post- and intraoperative management of pediatric surgical patients from birth to age 21. Fellows receive extensive experience in the surgery of congenital malformations, oncology, minimally invasive procedures, and routine pediatric cases. They manage all patients on the pediatric surgery service with attending supervision, including patients in the NICU, PICU, and on the surgical wards and clinics. Clinical experience includes rotations on the urology service, in the NICU and on the trauma service at Harborview Medical Center.

Although there is no specific research time allotted during the fellowship, attending staff support and encourage fellows to present a clinical project at a regional or national meeting.

Call is divided between two clinical fellows and two research fellows. The first-year fellow is expected to attend APSA while the second year fellow attends a meeting of their choice. Both fellows have the opportunity to attend one of two MIS courses, the St. Jude Oncology Course, or one of several other courses offered nationally. This coursework is sponsored by the department.

Board certification eligibility upon fellowship completion: American Board of Surgery, Special Qualifications in Pediatric Surgery

Length of fellowship: 2 years

Number of fellowships available: 1

Application Requirements

Prerequisites/post-medical school requirements

  • Doctorate of Medicine
  • Completion of chief residency in an approved general surgery residency
  • Eligibility to take qualifying examination in General Surgery
  • Passes American Board of Surgery In-training examination
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification
  • Current Washington state medical license

Candidates applying to the 2013–2015 Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program can submit their application and related application documents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The following materials are required to complete your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

Candidates must be registered with the National Resident Matching program (NRMP).

Individuals applying to our program can submit their materials through the ERAS system.

Application deadline

  • See ERAS website 
  • January 2, 2013 for the program year beginning July 1, 2014
  • Match date: May 2013
  • As noted above, the fellowship application process and materials are entirely through ERAS. Please call our office if you have any questions.

For More Information

Caity Gerhardt, Department of Surgery
Seattle Children’s
PO Box 5371
M/S OA.9.220
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

Phone: 206-987-1177
Fax: 206-987-3925
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