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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Dr Krishna Program Director

Program Director: Sangeeta Krishna, MD

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship. Established in 2012 and accredited by the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), our two-year fellowship exposes future Pediatric Hospitalists to a broad range of complex conditions and common illnesses. More than 300 pediatric medical and surgical specialists staffing 429 inpatient beds and 43 outpatient clinics, providing over 650,000 outpatient visits, 17,000 hospital admissions, 10,000 surgeries, and accepting over 1,400 hospital transfers per year.

The primary clinical setting is Cleveland Clinic Children’s (CCC) main campus; a busy tertiary referral center. Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been ranked as a national leader in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015–16 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the second consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is the only Northeast Ohio children’s hospital to be ranked in all 10 medical specialties surveyed by U.S. News. It is also one of only 20 children’s hospitals in the country ranked in all of those specialties.

Our children’s hospital ranks in the top 25 of seven specialties nationwide, including Pulmonology (14th), Neurology & Neurosurgery (17th), Cancer (20th), Gastroenterology (20th), Orthopedics (20th), Urology (22nd), and Cardiology & Heart Surgery (24th). We also rank in the top 50 in Neonatology (33rd), Diabetes & Endocrinology (40th), and Nephrology (44th).

Fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate and manage a wide variety of common and complex medical conditions. Our experienced team of physicians works closely with our trainees and are fully invested in the education and career advancement of our fellows.

The hospitalist and newborn services at our community hospitals, Fairview and Hillcrest, provide exposure to the varied settings for a pediatric community hospitalist. Just minutes from main campus, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Shaker Hospital for Rehabilitation offers fellows a unique experience at the only pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Northeast Ohio. Additional rotations, including anesthesia, sedation, palliative care, and infectious disease provide the setting for advanced clinical exposure. There are plenty of opportunities for elective rotations to foster individual interests.

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship is currently seeking applicants for the 2016-2017 academic year. Eligible trainees must have completed a residency in the United States or be ECFMG certified. Positions are filled through the NRMP (National Residency Match Program).

Applications are accepted September through November and must include the following:

  • Completed PHM application
  • CV
  • Personal statement
    • (3) Letters of recommendation (one by residency program director)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
    • ECFMG certificate is applicable

Interviews will start late October and conclude in November.
For more information, please contact Sarah Spurbeck, Fellowship Coordinator at 216.444.6003 or

  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 5 career days in PGY5
Conference Attendance

Travel and logistical support is provided to the fellow when presenting at a regional or national meeting.


Insurance is covered 100% starting day one of your training. This includes medical, vision, and short term disability.


Commensurate with salaries recommended by the GME, based on your year of training.

Additional Benefits

Cleveland Clinic, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, provides a unique community with tremendous resources in career development, education, foundations of research, leadership and personal growth. Fellows gain access to many of these resources:

  • Leadership and career development seminars through Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy.
  • Advocacy and Quality Improvement curricula and projects.
  • Coursework in research fundamentals at the Case Western Reserve University.
  • Available research support staff and mentors for consultation, through our research center.
  • Longitudinal educational series in ethics, professionalism and research with all pediatric fellows.
  • Numerous opportunities for resident and medical student education such as simulation lab sessions, mock codes, Journal Club, and Morning Report.
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Case conferences and journal club provide opportunity for interaction with all faculty.
  • Scholarly project: Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the fellow will complete a scholarly project during fellowship.
  • Job interviewing and contract negotiation.
Curricular highlights:
Concentration PGY4 PGY5
Research training 4
Research 16 20
Education/career development 1 2
Clinical (including wards, Nursery, Rehab, core specialties, Palliative Medicine, Anesthesia, sedation, PICU) 24 20
Electives 6

* Note that there is flexibility based on individual interests and prior experience, with the ability even to design your own electives as needed. Elective opportunities are available in various pediatric subspecialties, teaching, respiratory therapy, chronic pain and integrative care.

PGY 4:
  • Main Campus General Pediatrics Wards (8 weeks)
  • Inpatient Subspecialty Services (4 weeks)
  • Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • Palliative Care (2 weeks)
  • Community General Pediatrics Wards & Newborn Nursery – Hillcrest
    Hospital and Fairview Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatrics Wards – CC Children’s Hospital for
    Rehabilitation [Shaker campus] (4 weeks)
PGY 5:
  • Main Campus General Pediatrics Wards (8 weeks)
  • Inpatient Subspecialty Services (2 weeks)
  • Sedation/Pain Management (2 weeks)
  • Community General Pediatrics Wards & Newborn Nursery – Hillcrest
    Hospital and Fairview Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatrics Wards – CC Children’s Hospital for
    Rehabilitation [Shaker campus] (4 weeks)
  • Electives (6 weeks)
Didactic Education and Resources

In addition to didactics by Pediatric Hospital Medicine faculty, fellows attend regularly scheduled lectures in Ethics and Professionalism, Research and Statistics, and Career Development. Specialty-specific conferences include those in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology BMT, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Palliative Care Medicine, Pediatric Respiratory, Anesthesia, and Nutrition.

Protected time is given in order to participate in their choice of committees such as Patient Safety, Child advocacy, Doctor’s Roundtable, EMR Steering Committee, Quality Council and Hospital Operations.

Prabi Rajbhanadri
Prabi Rajbhanadri, MD - Graduate June 2016

“After graduating from residency and serving as a chief resident for 1 year, I felt I was ready to care for hospitalized children. I went on to practice hospital medicine for almost 2 years and realized there were multiple niches in hospital medicine that I was not prepared for. These include quality and value driven health care, clinical informatics, pediatric rehabilitation, advance research training, medical reimbursement and hospital administration. Having protected time for research and academics has helped me explore and enhance my skills beyond the clinical domain. Joining Cleveland clinic as a fellow has equipped me with greater understanding of what goes on beyond the rounds and am definite this knowledge will give me an edge throughout my career.”

Tatiana Gurevich Panigrahi
Tatiana Gurevich Panigrahi, MD - Graduate June 2015

“My interest in acute care of pediatric patient in an academic center brought me first to Fellowship in Hospital Medicine. The opportunities for professional growth are vast and diverse at the Cleveland Clinic which I utilized during my fellowship training gave me not only great clinical exposure but also a set of skills necessary for successful career in academic pediatric hospital medicine and foundations in research and quality improvement. Working side by side with world class experts in pediatric subspecialties was also very enriching.”

Justen Aprile
Justen Aprile, MD - Graduate June 2014

“After having completed a Pediatric residency and Chief Resident year in Connecticut, I planned to pursue a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. However, I sought an opportunity to enhance my exposure to resident and student education and pursue additional scholarly activity. I was excited to find the experience offered at the Cleveland Clinic for a fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. During fellowship, I was provided dedicated time and sufficient resources to enhance my skill-set in the following areas: leadership, QI design and implementation, research foundations and publication basics, education theory, effective teaching, evidence based medical management, and fundamentals of patient safety.

I am currently a Pediatric Hospitalist at an academic facility with its own medical school. Only months after initiating my new position, I was asked to take the role of Pediatric Clerkship Director because of my interests and the skills honed during training. Fellowship training has provided me a firm foundation on which to pursue my passions of trainee education, academic medicine, and clinical/educational research.”

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