Pediatric Obesity Fellowship

Program Overview

The Pediatric Obesity Fellowship Program at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, in affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, is one of the only programs in the country focused on training physicians to be academic leaders in the field of pediatric obesity. 


Our Fellowship Program 

Our 2-year program, an accredited Academic Pediatric Association (APA) General Academic Pediatric Fellowship, provides robust clinical training in the treatment of children with obesity, coupled with comprehensive training in clinical research and population health, with opportunities for community advocacy.

Upon completion of the fellowship, our fellows are competitive for academic faculty positions in general pediatrics at major institutions, bringing unique expertise in the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity. 

Training Overview

Forty percent of the fellow’s time is dedicated to clinical training in one of the most reputable tertiary care pediatric obesity clinics in the country. Under faculty supervision, fellows will acquire the clinical skills to provide evidence-based, family-centered evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents with obesity and related comorbidities, working closely with an interdisciplinary team of specialists, including psychologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, social workers and bariatric surgeons.

Sixty percent of the fellow’s time is dedicated to research training, with opportunity to receive a Master’s of Public Health through the Jefferson College of Population Health or equivalent research degree and support to complete a research project in their area of interest within the field of childhood obesity, under the mentorship of senior faculty at Nemours and Thomas Jefferson University.


Fellows will receive comprehensive research training throughout their two-year fellowship through a combination of formal education opportunities, mentorship and networking, and experiential training with the completion of a research project tailored to their interests in the field of pediatric obesity.

Formal Education and Training

Mentorship and Career Development

  • Primary mentor, selected based on fellow’s area of interest, guides primary research project
  • Scholarly Oversight Committee advises on professional development
  • Opportunities for networking at national conferences and within national pediatric obesity networks

Experiential Research

Salary & Benefits


  • PGY 1: $61,341
  • PGY 2: $63,261
  • PGY 3: $65,840
  • PGY 4: $68,655
  • PGY 5: $71,430
  • PGY 6: $74,419
  • PGY 7: $77,078
  • PGY 8: $78,267


About Our Hospital in Delaware

The Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware 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

Living in Delaware Valley

Because of our location in the tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we offer unique living/working opportunities. For example, you can choose to live in the downtown Philadelphia area and easily commute to our park-like hospital campus in Wilmington.

Explore Wilmington

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware is located in Wilmington, Del., about 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia, and an easy drive to Baltimore, Lancaster County, Pa. (“Amish Country”), and the beaches in Atlantic City and Delaware. There is much to do in and around the city, including mansion and garden tours, museums, breweries, wineries, fine restaurants and numerous state parks.

Learn More About Delaware:

Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Delaware Tourism

Delaware’s Beaches

Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States and offers a wealth of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. From world-class museums to its professional sports teams to the colorful, bustling districts of South Street, Chinatown and the Italian Market, Philadelphia has something for everyone.

Learn More About the Philadelphia Area:

New Jersey Beaches

Pennsylvania Mountains

Train With Recognized Leaders

If you’re looking for a rewarding program built on academic excellence and family-centered care, Nemours Children's offers outstanding medical, surgical, pharmacy, nursing, therapy and psychology programs. Train with faculty who are respected leaders in their fields, a patient care model that stands apart and access to groundbreaking research. 

Meet Our Clinical Leadership

Fellows are guided by our faculty of physicians specializing in pediatric obesity medicine, endocrinology and bariatric surgery, and senior research faculty from the Nemours Department of Pediatrics, Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Thomas Jefferson University Department of Pediatrics.

Thao-Ly Tam Phan, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Research Scientist, Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

Learn More About Dr. Phan

Meet Our Participants

Thao-Ly Tam Phan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Research Scientist, Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

Samareh Hill, MD, MPH
Medical Director, WakeMed Pediatric Weight Management and ENERGIZE! Program


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Application Requirements

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

Training Begins: July 1, 2022

1. Application form

2. Submit application electronically using ERAS

3. Personal statement addressing the following (two pages or less)

  • Describe your reason(s) for pursuing pediatric obesity fellowship.
  • Describe your research and clinical interest(s), and project idea(s)
  • Describe your career goals

4. Letters of recommendation (minimum three)

  • One from pediatric residency program director
  • Two other letters supporting your candidacy

5. Curriculum Vitae

6. Medical transcript and USMLE scores

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 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).

Questions About Applying?

Racquel Richardson
Fellowship Coordinator
(302) 298-8820

Thao-Ly Tam Phan, MD, MPH 
Program Director
(302) 651-4968