Fellowships for the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology


The objective of the UNC Pediatric Pulmonary Training Program is to train academic pediatric pulmonologists who will be productive investigators and skilled clinicians.  The program provides an intensive three-year experience in pediatric Pulmonology and lung biology.  This experience includes training in research, clinical, and teaching aspects of pediatric pulmonology.  Fellows are trained in state of the art clinical practice for children with chronic lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis (CF).  Fellows and faculty in the program take primary responsibility for outpatient care of patients assigned to them, with a rotating schedule of responsibility for inpatient, consultation, and bronchoscopy duties.  While a substantial time commitment is necessary for attainment of clinical skills, the Fellow’s clinical schedule is designed to allow simultaneous progress in research training.  Experience with informal and didactic teaching of residents and medical students is also built in to the Fellow’s schedule.  This experience includes responsibility for leading clinical and research related teaching conferences and journal clubs. 

The program is designed to fulfill American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) eligibility criteria for certification in pediatric pulmonology. In accordance with the Program Requirements for Residency Education in pediatric pulmonology published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Fellow’s time will be structured such that roughly one-third of the total time is devoted to clinical training, and two-thirds to training in research and teaching skills.   The Fellowship Director is Charles Esther, MD, PhD.

Answers to frequently asked questions about our program can be found here.

Application Process

The UNC Pediatric Pulmonary Training Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for Pediatric Pulmonology.  Interested applicants should submit applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Because our training program is primarily supported by NIH and CF Foundation training grants, we are only able to consider candidates who have U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status. Exceptions are possible if the Fellow has secured funding through another source.

We will occasionally consider fellows outside of NRMP.  Interested candidates should contact our office directly. 

Pediatric Pulmonology
450-D MacNider, CB# 7217
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7217
(919) 966-1055  (Phone)
(919) 966-6179  (Fax)