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Program Overview

Train with some of the region’s very best pediatric general surgeons — in a two-year, pediatric surgical fellowship training program at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. Our hospital’s Division of Pediatric Surgery is offering this program in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

The goal of the fellowship is to give individuals who have completed an accredited general surgery residency advanced knowledge and training in the management and surgical treatment of newborns, infants and children.

Our Fellowship Program

This fellowship will help you prepare for certification by the American Board of Surgery, and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Pediatric Surgery Fellowship aims to:

  • Train a well-rounded, empathetic, safe pediatric surgeon who is confident managing all aspects of the surgical care of children. 
  • Steward our fellow in quality improvement projects and methodology, and provide research opportunities.
  • Provide a rigorous didactic curriculum for our fellow utilizing 360 degree feedback.
  • Cultivate opportunities for our fellow to educate residents and students.
  • Encourage our fellow to collaborate across specialties.
  • Develop our fellow’s presentation skills during M&M conferences and multi-disciplinary educational meetings.

The program features the full participation of all nine of the pediatric surgical division’s full-time faculty members. Each of these physicians will contribute greatly to your education. Your training will include operating room and outpatient clinic experience, as well as bedside evaluation of children. You’ll also play a role in the organization of formal teaching conferences, held weekly. Formal rotations will be spent on Pediatric Urology, PICU and Neonatology during the first 12 months. The last year will be spent entirely on the Pediatric Surgical Service.

The majority of your inpatient consultative time will take place at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, a freestanding children’s hospital in Wilmington, Del. The hospital:

  • Is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in eight pediatric specialties
  • Recently opened expansion with 260 beds
  • Performs more than 2,800 inpatient and 9,300 outpatient surgical procedures each year in our operating rooms
  • Has an on-site delivery center for newborns with complex congenital anomalies
  • Receives more than 50,000 annual visits in our Emergency Department (ED)
  • Is accredited by The American College of Surgeons as a Level One Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)


Your educational rotations during the first year of the fellowship will include:

  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — a recently renovated, Level III, 14 single-patient room facility (expandable to 18, if needed).
  • Pediatric Urology — recently, we were the first children’s hospital in the Philadelphia and Delaware area to offer the most advanced version of the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system (the da Vinci® Si™).
  • The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The entire 12 months of the second year of the program is spent on the Pediatric Surgical Service. During this time, you’ll be encouraged to take on more teaching assistant cases in the operating room, and help instruct medical students, general surgery residents, pediatric residents, nurses and nonclinical staff on a daily basis.

Opportunities for education include:

  • daily walk rounds
  • card rounds
  • attending rounds
  • time spent reviewing films or laboratory studies
  • time in the OR suite before, during and after cases
  • educational conferences


As you progress through the program, we’ll give you increasing levels of freedom and responsibility. Your responsibilities for the educational conferences will be rotated over the 24 months of the program, so that you can get exposure to the breadth of care for pediatric surgical patients.

Your work, as well as the didactic and clinical education elements of the program, will be continuously reviewed by the program director, who will ensure that the program maintains the highest quality — and you get the most benefit.

Salary & Benefits


  • PGY 6: $74,419
  • PGY 7: $77,078



  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Malpractice coverage provided by the participating hospitals for all house officers/fellows
  • Surgical library provided by the department

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
  • Massage therapy
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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.

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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. 

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Application Requirements

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022

Training Begins: Aug. 1, 2024

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware Pediatric Surgical Fellowship Program (Program Code 4450944001) participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Completed applications are to be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by mid-December in order for interviews to be scheduled beginning in January.

1. Submit application electronically using ERAS  

2. ERAS-generated curriculum vitae (CV)

3. Medical school transcript

4. Copy of medical school diploma

5. Completion of an approved general surgery residency program

6. Eligibility to take qualifying examination in general surgery

7. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your program director

8. Personal statement

9. ABSITE scores from your surgical residency training

10. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) board scores

11. List of publications

12. Current Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certificate

Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview on specified dates beginning in January. Incomplete applications will not be considered. On the day of the interview, applicants will attend a department conference and will meet individually with faculty and current trainees. The interviews will conclude by mid-afternoon. Specific issues may be addressed with the program coordinator at (302) 651-5999.

Questions About Applying?

Loren Berman, MD
Program Director
(302) 651-5888

Nina D. Tarabicos-Dowd, BS
Program Coordinator
(302) 651-5159