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Program overview


Through a robust surgical, clinical, and research experience, this fellowship prepares one to be an independent pediatric and adolescent gynecologist. 

The Children’s Mercy Kansas City Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) fellowship provides clinical knowledge through a multitude of multidisciplinary clinics, general PAG clinic, and external subspecialty clinics. Fellows are intimately involved in surgical planning and execution of complex disease processes and function in a leading and teaching role with general PAG cases. Graduate-level classes and research mentorship also prepare the fellow to design, execute and interpret their own studies and be a contributing leader in the field.

This program has been designed to ensure that upon successful completion of two post-graduate years, the fellow will be prepared to function as a consultant to pediatricians, family practitioners, pediatric surgeons, pediatric urologists, and obstetrician-gynecologists in gynecologic care from birth to age 21.

Your clinical experience

Fellows are treated as an integral part of the team. The clinical team consists of three physicians, two nurse practitioners and a second-year ob-gyn resident.


Fellows are directly involved in all PAG activities at Children’s Mercy including ambulatory visits, hospital consults, emergency services and surgical management. The fellow is in clinic about 4-6 half-days per week, which includes multidisciplinary clinics and external clinics.

Active participation in the multidisciplinary GUIDE team (care of children with disorders of sexual differentiation), Comprehensive Colorectal Center team (care of children with anorectal malformations), Young Women’s Clinic (care of adolescents with bleeding disorders), Gender Pathway Services (care of transgender adolescents), and Great HeighTS (care for adolescents with Turner Syndrome).

The PAG fellow will rotate through other subspecialties throughout their 2 years just as other fellows will rotate through PAG. These specialties include:


The fellow should have a strong interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and complex urogenital and anorectal malformations. The fellow is in the OR about 2-3 half days per week. Upon completion of fellowship, you can independently operate on the pediatric & adolescent gynecology patient and serve as a surgical consultant for multidisciplinary surgical needs.

Our team has a collaborative approach in the OR with great rapport and support from our pediatric surgery, urology, and colorectal surgery colleagues. The pediatric surgery fellows and PAG fellows often learn from each other in combined cases.

Department curriculum

The fellow will be expected to function as a full member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology including clinical and didactic instruction to residents and medical students and attendance at departmental and sectional didactics.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Research in PAG is highly valued by our division and NASPAG. During your time as a fellow, you will be expected to complete at minimum a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research through the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Most of our prior fellows have taken extra classes to complete a M.S. in Bioinformatics. 

These courses will support you in your scholarly activity and allow you to design and execute your own study and interpret and publish your own data. This project will be a clinical research project within PAG under the mentorship of Children’s Mercy PAG attendings and support of UMKC bioinformatics department. We encourage participation in the NASPAG Fellows Research Consortium and will help advocate for you and guide you in this process as well. 

Children’s Mercy Kansas City has an education assistance program, allowing significant tuition reimbursement for this endeavor.

Apply for the program

Applicants use the Common Application available through NASPAG.

The match occurs each year in conjunction with the NRMP matching service so applicants must sign in to become active in order to apply to participating programs. We follow the OBGYN Fellowship Match Schedule.

Completed applications should include:

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the Director of your Residency Training Program.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Copy of medical school diploma (with English translation if applicable)
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • TOEFL IBT certificate (if applicable)
  • Personal statement of career goals, with discussion of how you plan to use this training.
  • USMLE or COMPLEX scores

Submit application and supporting documentation to:
Danelle Vogt, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator

Applications are accepted from March 31 to July 5 each year.

Our Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship team

Ashli Lawson, MD
Program Director

Danelle Vogt, MBA
Sr. Fellowship Coordinator