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Pediatrics Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

The Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program provides clinical and scholarly training with the goal of developing future hospitalists and academic leaders in the field. The clinical and research opportunities are unparalleled, and San Diego is an exciting city with an inviting year-round climate.

Clinical training occurs predominantly at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. Outstanding possibilities for research training are available under the guidance of Pediatric Hospital Medicine faculty, as well as world-class collaborators at UCSD.  

Our Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program is accepting applications. Candidates must be BC/BE in pediatrics by the beginning of the fellowship.

The fellowship begins the following July (specific date set by UCSD School of Medicine, typically July 5-8th to allow for moving days). Applications are accepted starting June 1 and will continue to be accepted through the fall. We will start offering interview invitations on July 21, in order to align with the ERAS timeline, and encourage applicants to submit their materials prior to this date. The UCSD-Rady Children's PHM Fellowship is part of the NRMP match. Applicants must register for NRMP and submit their rank list by early December each year. For exact dates, please access the NRMP website at and review the upcoming deadlines for the "Pediatrics Specialties Fall Match."

NOTE:  At this time, PHM fellowships are not able to participate in ERAS. Complete all application materials (available via hyperlinks on this page) and submit the required forms to

You are encouraged to indicate your interest in applying for the PHM fellowship by contacting Dr. Erin Fisher, c/o of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Coordinator:

Current Fellows

 Left to right: Kelly, DeMarco, Debra, Michelle

Debra Yeh, MD, MS Second Year Fellow

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Residency: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine

Academic interests: Dr. Yeh is interested in improving the hospitalized experience for gender diverse patients and currently conducting a qualitative interview-based research study with these teens and their parents. She is also interested in patient and family perspectives of palliative care in hopes to improve access to resources and provider education. She is actively involved in a quality improvement initiative to improve inpatient food insecurity screening for our hospitalized patients and families.

Michelle Polich, MD  Second Year Fellow

Undergraduate: University of Nebraska
Post-graduate: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: Indiana University – Riley Hospital for Children

Academic Interests: Dr. Polich is conducting a retrospective chart review study examining disparities in the inpatient management of patients presenting with acute gastroenteritis to determine whether resource utilization varies by race/ethnicity, preferred language, insurance status, or zip code. She is also interested in quality improvement, specifically pertaining to reducing duration of antibiotics in patients with uncomplicated febrile UTI and pyelonephritis, and she is actively participating in a multi-center QI project on improving antimicrobial stewardship.

​Kelly Roelf, MD – First Year Fellow

Undergraduate: Humboldt University
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency: Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Academic Interests: Kelly is currently interested in medical education, QI, and optimizing the relationship between PCPs and hospitalists during hospitalization.

DeMarco Bowen, MD, MPH – First Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Masters: University of Wisconsin School of Public Health
Residency: Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine

Academic Interests: DeMarco is currently interested in health equity, medical education, QI, DEI, health policy, and global health.

Information regarding the fellowship and the application process:

UCSD PHM Fellowship Overview.pptx

UCSD PHM Fellowship FAQS

UCSD PHM Fellowship Achievements and Alumni!

To apply for the fellowship, the following forms are required:

Candidate Ranking Form (submitted by referees)    

For the most current application form, please see