Why Choose Us

"DuPont is the ideal place to train-a top tier, freestanding academic children’s hospital with the complete spectrum of pediatric patients. The faculty are incredibly supportive and make the fellows’ education, professional advancement and well-being a top priority. They give the fellows abundant attention and responsibility, while allowing flexibility for our individual professional, clinical and research goals"

— Jason Bronstein, PGY-6

"I chose this fellowship because of the breadth of clinical experience in asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep medicine, ventilator-dependency, neuromuscular disease and more as well as the available research and educational opportunities. The teaching, ranging from informal clinical discussions at the bedside to structured didactic lectures, is exceptional!"

— Abigail Strang, PGY-5

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Pulmonology Fellowship

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

The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), trains physicians in advanced skills in pediatric pulmonology. Our three-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), provides diverse clinical and research-based experience that can lead to specialty certification. 

You’ll have numerous opportunities to build your knowledge base and refine your clinical and research skills through regular contact with a diverse population of pediatric inpatients and outpatients.

Program Details

Our Fellowship Program

Our pediatric pulmonary fellowship program balances clinical experience with research training.

The program seeks to:
  • train physicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods for inpatient, outpatient, and consultative pediatric pulmonary medicine
  • provide strong clinical expertise in the care of children with a wide range of pulmonary disorders
  • educate physician colleagues in pulmonary diseases
  • advance medical research in the field of pulmonary medicine through clinical- or laboratory-based research projects
  • help physicians prepare for and develop their pulmonary professional careers

Clinical Experience

The clinical experience includes a balance of inpatient and outpatient opportunities to refine your clinical skills.

Training in a Wide Range of Conditions
  • disorders of the upper airway
  • neuromuscular diseases
  • congenital disorders of the lower airways
  • asthma
  • tracheostomy
  • mechanical-ventilator dependent patients
  • bronchiolitis
  • cystic fibrosis
  • interstitial lung disease
  • pneumonia
  • disorders of the chest wall, diaphragm, and pleural space
  • acute lung diseases of the newborn infant
  • respiratory failure
  • aspiration/inhalation injuries
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • pulmonary vascular diseases in childhood
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • pulmonary complications in immunocomprised/immunosuppressed patients
  • control of breathing disorders (including sleep disorders)
  • miscellaneous lung disease

Our inpatient pulmonary team serves as the primary care team for the inpatient pulmonary service. We also consult with the care teams for general pediatrics, physical medicine & rehabilitation, orthopedics, orthopedic surgery, and our intensive care units (pediatric, neonatal, and cardiac). Additionally, elective time is available to individualize your clinical experience to align with your professional goals.

Our Pulmonology Facilities

Our division includes several pediatric pulmonologists, many of whom are dual-boarded physicians — with combined certification in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine, for example, or internal medicine and pediatrics.

Nursing staff and care coordinators round out the division, which typically performs, every year, more than 1,500 new outpatient evaluations and 130 bronchoscopic evaluations. Your inpatient experience includes a significant consultative role, 350-plus inpatient consults and at least 200 inpatient admissions annually.

Our 4-bed sleep laboratory performs more than 1,000 polysomnograms each year. Our intensive care units are equipped to provide Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when necessary. Additionally, the division plays an active role in teaching residents, fellows, and medical students.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Your research education begins with comprehensive training in biostatistics, lab research methodology, clinical research methodology, study design, grant preparation, and preparation of protocols for the institutional review board (IRB). These areas are covered during the first year of your fellowship.

In subsequent years, you’ll have access to our world-class laboratories, equipment, and resources, along with guidance from research professionals located on campus.

You’ll be encouraged to tailor the program’s research component to your interests and professional career plan. This may include laboratory research in our NIH-funded Lung Center, or clinical research with application for funding from both institutional and outside sources. While research funding is encouraged and supported, it is not a requirement to maintain the fellowship position during any year.

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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

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Contact Us

Fran Hackett, MHA

Fellowship Coordinator
(302) 298-7867

Robert Heinle, MD

Program Director
(302) 651-6400

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: September 1, 2019
Training Begins: July 1, 2020
  • All candidates must have completed or are completing an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency and are becoming board-eligible for general pediatrics.
  • Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  All candidates must be registered for the NRMP Pediatric Specialties Fall Match and meet all associated deadlines.
  • Complete the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) general application and follow all instructions on the Association of American Medical Colleges website.
  • Our program requires a letter of recommendation (LOR) from the pediatric residency program director and two additional letters of recommendation.
  • For each letter of recommendation, please have letter-of-recommendation writers complete the Standardized Letter of Recommendation (SLOR) , along with the written letter and submit them to the Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP).
  • In addition to the LORs, a personal statement, transcript and Dean’s letter from a medical school, and USMLE or COMLEX transcripts are required.
  • Our program begins reviewing applications in August, and any applications that are incomplete or missing documents on October 1 will not be considered.

Please contact the program coordinator listed below with any questions.