Pediatric Urology Fellowship


The Pediatric Urology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a two-year, ACGME-accredited program designed to train future academic pediatric urologists. Our program prepares fellows for a busy surgical practice and a career in academics through high-volume clinical training and opportunities to conduct research.


Why Choose CHLA

We focus on ensuring that every fellow gains the research and academic experience to succeed. Whether this means altering the graduate coursework or developing new research relationships to facilitate a fellow’s specific interests, we can adapt. Additionally, the breadth and depth of our division’s clinical experience is outstanding. We draw from a large geographic area in Southern California, which allows fellows to work on a wide variety of urologic conditions and with a diverse, multicultural patient population.


Program Fast Facts

  • ACGME accredited: 2019
  • Fellows per year: 1
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Postgraduate training required: urology residency
  • CA medical license required: not needed at the time of applying, but will be required for the second year of the fellowship
  • U.S. citizenship required: no
  • Salary minimums:  
    • PGY6: $74,900 minimum
    • PGY7: $77,147 minimum
  • Benefits include: health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation, 6 personal days and a yearly educational stipend


Training Details

The first year of the fellowship is dedicated to conducting a clinical or basic science research project and training fellows for a career in academic medicine.

  • Our science lab includes three PhD principal investigators and a PhD clinical research coordinator who assists fellows with projects, which can focus on clinical or basic science topics.
  • Basic science research is conducted in the GOFARR Laboratory for Organ Regenerative Research and Cell Therapeutics in Urology.
  • Fellows attend 15 hours of graduate-level courses at USC and attain a Certificate in Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations.
  • Although fellows do not have any clinical responsibilities during the first year, they are able to attend all educational conferences and are responsible for some conference preparation.

The second year of the fellowship is devoted to clinical pediatric urologic care and is based on the main Sunset campus of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Fellows assist with and perform surgery, attend clinics, run the inpatient pediatric urology service, prepare for clinical conferences and mentor residents.
    • This clinical experience covers all aspects of pediatric urology, ranging from routine surgery to more specialized areas including oncology, spina bifida and complex reconstruction, exstrophy/epispadias, kidney stones, disorders of sexual differentiation, and gender affirming care for transgender youths and young adults.
  • Fellows work with all six CHLA urology faculty members and help provide multidisciplinary care in conjunction with various services within the hospital.
  • Although fellows help with back-up call, they do not have any primary evening or weekend call responsibilities.
     

How to Apply

The Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program is a part of the Society of Pediatric Urology/American Urology Association Match for Pediatric Urology. The universal application can be downloaded here, and you can register for the match through the AUA website.

To apply for our program, please send your application, personal statement, current CV, profile photo and three letters of recommendation to Fellowship Director Scott Sparks, MD, at ssparks@chla.usc.edu.

Applications are accepted November 1 to May 1 each year.