Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program is an ACGME-accredited program, housed in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health and aligned with the University of Minnesota Leadership in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. Funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), LEAH programs are unique. They provide interdisciplinary leadership training, faculty development, continuing education, scholarship, technical assistance and collaboration with MCH programs, Title V Programs in state departments of public health, State Adolescent Health Coordinators, policymakers, and professional organizations concerned with the health of adolescents. Leadership training produces the manpower for the next generation of leaders who will influence and train clinicians, public policy and public health experts, investigators and educators. All of these individuals will move the field forward by improving clinical services, program development and research/evaluation. 

Our Training

Adolescent Medicine Research Presentation

The UMN LEAH program has been continuously funded since 1978 and is one of seven LEAH programs across the nation. Our program provides interdisciplinary leadership training in adolescent health for pre- and post-doctoral fellows from diverse disciplines including: medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, and social work, among others. Our multidisciplinary faculty bring diverse expertise and experience to the training of emerging leaders in adolescent health.

Program curriculum and training meets ACGME requirements, and is expected to result in board eligibility in Adolescent Medicine at the conclusion of training.


We appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota's Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program and look forward to reviewing your application. Our program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and we have two applications required. These applications will be reviewed together by the program. First, an application must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Second, our interdisciplinary program application should be emailed to our coordinator. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Nimi Singh (, if you have any questions not answered here on the webpage.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program by the fellowship start date. 
  • Our funding specifies that trainees receiving support from award funds must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or a foreign national having in their possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. 
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required, preferably to include one from the residency program director.

The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. Applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

  • Key Components of Our Training Program
  • Stipend & Benefits
  • Current Fellows
  • Key Components of Our Training Program

    Key Components of our LEAH training program include:

    • Weekly Friday afternoon seminars which cover a range of child/adolescent health topics, and build skills for: leadership, research, public speaking, legislative advocacy, working with communities, and translating research into practice.
    • A research project conducted in concert with a faculty mentor; 
    • Leadership and community engagement experience; and 
    • Opportunities to participate in other specialized training and professional development

    Adolescent Medicine fellows receive a stipend based on their level of training, support for conference travel, and an AAP membership.

  • Stipend & Benefits

    2022-2023 rates will be determined in November 2021. Stipend rates for 2021-2022 are:

    • PGY4 (FL1): $64,500
    • PGY5 (FL2): $66,500
    • PGY6 (FL3): $68,500
    Medical/Health/Dental/Life Benefits:
    Additionally, each medical fellow receives:
    • Funding of the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying Exam
    • At least $1,500 for professional development
    • At least $300 annually in education funds
    • MN medical license, or MN residency permit if ineligible for a MN license
    • AAP membership with subspecialty section membership
  • Current Fellows

    Christopher Cardona Correa, MD
    Fellowship Dates: 2021-2024

Contact Us

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Ismahan Abdi
Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Delaware Street SE, Room 353
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 626-3761

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training Manager
Judith A. Kahn, M.S.W.
Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Delaware Street SE, 3rd Floor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 626-1835

LEAH Program Director
Renée Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
Professor, School of Nursing & Department of Pediatrics
Pauline A. Vincent Chair in Public Health Nursing
(612) 626-4527