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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 2-8th to allow for moving days.) Applications are accepted starting Jun 15 and will continue to be accepted through the fall. We will start offering interview invitations on Aug 12, 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: Michelle Polich, Britanny Winckler, Debra Yeh, Sarah Schneider

Michelle Polich, MD

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

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Polich is interested in quality improvement, specifically pertaining to safe admission and discharge process for families, especially those with limited English proficiency. Other clinical and research interests include point-of-care ultrasound, pain management, and implementing more cost effective care.

Sarah Schneider, MD

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Residency: University of California, San Diego

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Schneider is interested in bronchiolitis and respiratory illnesses in hospitalized children. Through a retrospective chart review she is investigating the safety of oral feeding in patients hospitalized with bronchiolitis on High-Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC). Across different institutions, patients do not consistently receive oral nutrition on HFNC due to safety concerns, including potential aspiration risk. We hypothesize that the incidence rate for adverse feeding events will be very low, and that oral nutrition will not affect length of stay or duration of HFNC when compared to national data. The results of this study will hopefully help other institutions optimize enteral nutrition for infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. 

Britanny Winckler, MD, MBA

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Post-graduate: University of California, Irvine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Winckler is investigating the utilization of the ER and hospital for pediatric mental health concerns in San Diego County. Specifically, she is assessing the geographical associations of those visits to determine if and why there are any neighborhoods with increased utilization compared to others. Identification of these hotspots can help with system design and resource management. Dr. Winckler is also part of a team that is designing and implementing the screening of hospitalized patients for social determinants of health such as homelessness and food insecurity. These factors have been increasingly recognized as having an important effect on overall health, and a hospital admission provides a unique opportunity to connect patients and families with needed resources. These topics stem from her general interests in population health management and health systems improvement. 

​Debra Yeh, MD, MS

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Residency: Stanford University

Research interests: Dr. Yeh is interested in improving the hospitalized experience for gender diverse patients. She is also interested in studying patient and family perspectives of palliative care resources in hopes to improve access and provider education.

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