Pulmonology Fellowship

Program Overview

The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, 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.


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 Experiences

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.


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.

Learn More About Research at Nemours

Salary & Benefits


  • PGY 1: $70,860
  • PGY 2: $73,694
  • PGY 3: $76,642
  • PGY 4: $79,708
  • PGY 5: $82,896
  • PGY 6: $86,212
  • PGY 7: $89,660
  • PGY 8: $93,247

An additional $1,750 is available to fellows for CME and scholarly activity.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Office space
  • On-call cell phone
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Secretarial support

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

Robert Heinle, MD

Pulmonology Fellowship Program

Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware

Learn More About Dr. Heinle

Aaron Chidekel, MD

Division Chief, Pulmonology

Learn More About Dr. Chidekel

Ambika Shenoy, MD

Assistant Program Director


Meet Our Program Faculty

Meet Our Participants

2nd Year

  • Sarah Schaffer

1st Year

  • Elena Stekolchik


  • Lauren Greenwald, DO
  • Abigail Strang
  • Vandna Passi, MD
  • Kristel Holmblad, MD
  • Jason Bronstein, MD

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Application Requirements

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Training Begins: July 1, 2024

Currently Accepting Applications. Please contact the program coordinator with any questions.

1. Submit application electronically using ERAS

2. All candidates must have completed or are completing an ACGME–accredited pediatric residency and are becoming board-eligible for general pediatrics.

3. 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.

4. Complete the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) general application and follow all instructions on the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

5. Our program requires a letter of recommendation (LOR) from the pediatric residency program director and two additional letters of recommendation.

5. 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).

6. In addition to the LORs, a personal statement, transcript and Dean’s letter from a medical school, and USMLE or COMLEX transcripts are required.

7. Our program begins reviewing applications in August, and any applications that are incomplete or missing documents on October 1 will not be considered.

Questions About Roations or How to Apply?

April Aguilera
Fellowship Coordinator
(302) 651-5946

Robert Heinle, MD
Program Director
(302) 651-6400