Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

The Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Program (AGP) at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, provides pediatricians with comprehensive training in academic general pediatrics and pediatric research. The 2-year program seeks to train pediatricians in research methodology, education, population health and advocacy.

Fellows should expect that, upon completion of the fellowship, they will be competitive for academic faculty positions in general pediatrics at major institutions. Graduating fellows will be confident in her/his skills to function as an academic clinician who participates in education, research, advocacy or population health. The Nemours AGP Fellowship is accredited through the Academic Pediatrics Association.

Program Details

Our Fellowship Program

The 2-year program provides comprehensive training in general pediatrics with specific focus in the following tracks as per the fellow’s clinical interests: 

  • Complex care (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Pediatric "Access" clinics (developmental-behavioral pediatrics, gastroenterology, dermatology, headache/concussion, enuresis and genetics)
  • Primary care and continuity clinics
  • Health services and population health research
  • Clinical and translational pediatric research

Training Overview

  • Fellows in this program should expect exposure to diverse clinical training. Fellows will also participate in research training and will have substantial research experiences in order to expand their skill set and knowledge base.
  • No greater than 40 percent of the training is dedicated to clinical time while at minimum 60 percent of the training is dedicated to research.
  • The fellow will interact with other subspecialty fellows through didactic lectures and research training courses.
  • Fellows will have access to the Delaware Center for Translational Research/ACCEL program at Nemours, including the CTR’s mentoring and research education resources.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with members of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.
  • Fellows will have access to professional development resources.

Our Fellows

Jessica F. Rohde, MD

Research Projects:

  • Positional plagiocephaly: associated diagnoses and outcomes
  • Primary care outcomes of opioid-exposed infants
Our Faculty

Our Faculty and their Academic/Clinical/Research Interests

Matthew D. Di Guglielmo, MD, PhD
Fellowship Director, Division of General Pediatrics; Access Pediatrician, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Career development and mentoring, practice transformation, health care delivery, obesity, brain-gut axis, microbiome, infant nutrition

Sara Slovin, MD, MPH
Associate Fellowship Director, Interim Director of Primary Care, Division of General Pediatrics; Physician Informatics Specialist, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours; Secretary, Delaware Chapter of the AAP

Health information technology, practice transformation, previsit screening, social determinants of health, health disparities, pediatric dermatology, breastfeeding

Jonathan Miller, MD
Interim Chief, Division of General Pediatrics; Ethics Committee Co-Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Ethics consultation, vaccine hesitancy, pediatric dermatology, children with medical complexity, primary care pediatrics, pediatric hospitalist medicine

Lee Pachter, DO
Director of Community Outreach and Clinical Integration, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Social determinants of child and family health; health disparities/inequities; stress and adversity; racism/discrimination

Anne Kazak, PhD
Principal Research Scientist, Nemours Biomedical Research; Center Director – Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

Child and family adjustment to pediatric illness, life threatening illnesses and injuries, psychosocial care, medical traumatic stress

Diane Abatemarco, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University

Maternal child health, health disparities, poverty health and behavioral health, mindfulness, pregnancy and infant outcomes

Md Jobayer Hossain, PhD
Biostatistician, Nemours Epi-Biostatistics, Nemours Biomedical Research

Innovative application and development of statistical methods to ensure research effectiveness in clinical studies of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, monitoring and outcome disparity, as well as in epidemiology and public health. My collaborative work in clinical studies covers a wide range of areas including obesity, cancer, aplastic anemia, asthma, allergy, diabetes, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiology and endocrinology.

Amy Renwick, MD
Chief and Director, Division of Transition of Care, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Self-management, self-efficacy, preconception counseling, and outcomes in adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions; PKU; galactosemia; adoption and foster care.

Neera Goyal, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University

Perinatal and newborn care, health services research, home visiting

Meghan Harrison, MD
Inpatient/Outpatient Care, Division of General Pediatrics; Access Pediatrician, Division of Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Access, autism, early child development, autism, ADHD

Ashley Anttila, MD
Director of General Pediatrics Continuity Clinic and Curriculum, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Resident and medical student education, communication in the inpatient and outpatient setting, children with special healthcare needs, dermatology and nocturnal enuresis

Chalanda Jones, MD
Inpatient Hospitalist, Lead Unit-Based Medical Director, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Medically complex patient population; clinical pathway development

Emily Fingado, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Director of Hospitalists and Hospital Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Care of the medically complex patient, medical co-management, quality improvement, readmissions reduction

Jessica Tomaszewski, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Medical education, breastfeeding

Maria Petrini, MD
Inpatient/Outpatient Care, Division of General Pediatrics; Physician Liaison, Care Management and CDI, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Infectious diseases, care of complex patients, preventative medicine; QI projects on clinical pathways, care management, communication within medical home, documentation improvement

Meghan McAuliffe Lines, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Psychology; Clinical Director of Integrated Primary Care Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Integrated primary care, preventive screening, trauma-informed care, trainee education/career development and mentoring

Samuel Stubblefield, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Pediatric asthma, language / health literacy, complementary / alternative medicine, ethics

Stephanie Deutsch, MD
Co-Medical Director, CARE (Children at Risk Evaluation) Program, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Application of quality improvement methodology to the standardization of abusive injury screening practices; child welfare policy development around substance exposed infants, enhancing detection of occult injury in physical abuse victims

Jamila Richardson, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Clinical Nurse Educator, Lactation Consultant Supervisor, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Reinstating the lactation clinic in the outpatient primary care clinic at AI duPont Hospital for Children. Developing prenatal care plan for families during visits with perinatology. Breastfeeding champion courses for inpatient and outpatient staff, early feeding readiness conference and a certified lactation counselor course.

Cathy Zorc, MD
Primary Care Physician, Nemours duPont Pediatrics; Physician Advisor, Nemours Health & Prevention Services; Past-President, Delaware AAP Chapter

Primary care, population health, advocacy

Kristen Littleton, IBCLC

Developing and conducting outpatient lactation services for prenatal and postpartum families, facilitating breastfeeding groups, providing inpatient breastfeeding support and education; Milk Mob certified Breastfeeding Champion trainer, and board member of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware.

Allan R. De Jong, MD

Medical Director, CARE (Children at Risk Evaluation) Program, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours

Child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, comprehensive management of substance exposed infants.

Other Key Personnel
  • Karen Hatfield, PNP-AC, PNP-PC, APRN
  • Laura Mehta, PNP-PC, APRN
  • Stacey Bachman, APRN-BC, APRN
  • Jay S. Greenspan, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  • Steven Selbst, MD, Program Director, Pediatric Residency
  • David Rappaport, MD, Asst. Program Director, Pediatric Residency
  • George Datto, MD, Fellowship Director, Pediatric Obesity Fellowship
  • Holli Zerhusen, Administrative Support, General Pediatrics
  • Thao-Ly Phan, MD, MPH, Faculty, Division of Weight Management
  • Sara Donnell, Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Greenspan
Research & Clinical Opportunties

Research Opportunities

  • Fellow will identify a research question or questions, goals and objectives, and develop a hypothesis testable through primary data collection within the first 3 months of fellowship.
  • At least one secondary data analysis will also be integral to the fellow’s research progress, and the fellow and mentors/fellowship director will identify this/these in the early months of the fellowship.
  • Fellows are encouraged to apply for internal funding to support their research project.
  • Fellow must complete this project by the end of their second year to graduate.
  • An optional but encouraged Masters of Science in Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University provides the fellow with additional training.
  • Fellows are assigned a primary research mentor based on their research interests. The mentor assists them through the entirety of their fellowship. This mentor is assigned during the first three months and meets with the fellow at least two times a month. 
  • The fellow will be guided to select a scholarly oversight committee (SOC) that is comprised of at least one individual outside of the Division of General Pediatrics and one or two individuals from the Division of General Pediatrics. The SOC must meet with the fellow once within the first six months and then regularly thereafter (every 3-6 months). 
  • There are multiple research "cores" at Nemours or affiliated with Nemours. These include, but are not limited to, the Biomedical Core Lab, the Epi-Biostatistics Core, the Bioinformatics Core, the Medical Informatics Core, as well as other research-oriented cores available through Nemours’ partnerships via INBRE and ACCEL.
  • The DE-CTR ACCEL mentoring core is headquartered on the Nemours campus.
  • Nemours Biomedical Research has several Centers of Research Focus, both in Delaware and Florida:
    • Applied Clinical Genomics
    • Childhood Cancer Research
    • Clinical Diagnostics
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (Fla.)
    • Healthcare Delivery Science
    • Orthopedic Research and Development
    • Pediatric Auditory & Speech Sciences
    • Clinical Research and Development
    • Pediatric Lung Research
    • Pharmacogenomics & Translational Research (Fla.)
Clinical Opportunities
  • Nemours Division of General Pediatrics supports a robust clinical outpatient practice, with four staff nurses, 3–5 medical assistants, 20 residents and 7 attending physicians.
  • The practice treats several thousand patients per year, offering well child care, acute care and problem-focused visits. The practice is also a patient-centered medical home, a practice for children with special health care needs and the foster care intake practice for the State of Delaware.
  • Special health care needs patients rely on the clinical expertise of the pediatricians in the Division and the fellow may choose to focus on these patients. There will be an expectation to attend to these patients as part of the fellow’s clinical block time. While fellows may not have a panel of their patients, they will see complex patients as well as patients without special health care needs as part of the acute care clinic and continuity clinic.
  • The fellow will participate in clinical care of these patients as both a primary clinician and a supervising preceptor.
  • There are multiple "Access" clinics at Nemours, staffed by general pediatricians or nurse practitioners, providing subspecialty care to outpatients alongside subspecialists. These clinics are available to the fellow as rotations for initial shadowing and for staffing by the fellow with supervision, upon agreement by the Director of Primary Care and/or subspecialty or Division Chief.
  • The fellow is strongly encouraged to consider inpatient/hospitalist pediatrics for clinical rotations. The fellow may be able to function as an attending on rounds, manage inpatients and teach/manage residents and students.
  • There are other opportunities for inpatient practice if this is of interest to the fellow, and can be discussed with and arranged by the Fellowship Director after consultation with the Division Chief and Director of Pediatric Hospitalists.
About Our Hospital

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is like no other in the region — designed by families, for families.

About Our Hospital in Delaware

The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is a multispecialty, tertiary care teaching institution located on a 300-acre estate in the scenic Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Del.

Among the hospital’s amenities for all staff are:

  • free parking
  • park-like setting
  • gym/fitness center
  • on-site child care center for children of staff
  • massage therapy

Learn More About duPont Hospital for Children »

Questions About Applying

Fran Hackett, MHA

Fellowship Coordinator
(302) 298-7867

Matthew DiGuglielmo

Program Director
(302) 651-5928

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: September 1, 2019
Training Begins: July 1, 2020
Currently Accepting Applications
  • Application form
  • Personal statement — two pages or less
    • Describe reason for pursuing general academic pediatrics fellowship
    • Describe research and clinical interests, project ideas
    • Describe career goals
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum three)
    • One from pediatric residency program director
    • Two other letters supporting your candidacy
  • Optional
    • Portfolio of prior work (research or QI)

Nemours AGP Fellowship participates in the NRMP match for fellowship candidates.

Eligibility of Candidates

  • completed a three-year accredited pediatric residency program
  • board eligible/board-certified in pediatrics
  • If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, a valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • If a citizen of a country other than the United States, or without permanent resident status in the United States, a copy of current and appropriate visa(s).