Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program

Overview and mission

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program prepares pediatric internal medicine, medicine-pediatric and family practice physicians for academic careers as leading clinician-scholars and teachers. The fellowship is a three-year program sponsored by the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Unique information about the program

The Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine offers an innovative fellowship that is designed to prepare academic leaders in adolescent medicine. The Program utilizes the resources of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the availability of the graduate departments of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The geographic unity of Children's Hospital and Penn, along with a strong "one-University" philosophy, provides an ideal setting for a creative, multidisciplinary fellowship experience.

Fellowship program leadership

Division chief

Carol A. Ford, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Chief, Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
Acting Fellowship Training Program Director
Orton Jackson Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
11th floor, Main Building, Suite 11NW10
Philadelphia, PA 19104 


Specific information by years and/or rotations

First year

The principal responsibility of the fellow during the first year is the development of clinical skills in adolescent medicine. The first-year fellow spends 70 percent of his or her time in clinical activities. This includes two to three months as the fellow on the inpatient adolescent service, coverage of the inpatient adolescent consultation service, four sessions weekly in the Adolescent Medicine Ambulatory Care Program and one or two sessions weekly in other elective clinical activities.

Elective clinical activities may include rotations through the Student Health Service at Penn, school health centers, the Sports Medicine Center, Adolescent Psychiatry Service, adolescent substance abuse treatment center, Renfrew Eating Disorder Center and various subspecialty clinics.

The remaining portion of the first year is spent on the development of a research project in adolescent medicine, identifying a research topic and beginning to prepare a research proposal. The fellow is encouraged to participate in coursework on research design and statistics and areas of personal interest.

Second year

The second year is devoted equally to clinical work and academic/research coursework. The fellow completes a proposal and begins data collection. One or two graduate-level courses may be taken each semester.

Third year

The third year is heavily focused on academic activities (70 percent). The fellow completes data collection and concentrates on data analysis, abstract submission, research presentation and manuscript preparation.


Research expectations and opportunities

The acquisition of skills in research methodology and critical evaluation of the medical literature is an important goal of the fellowship. Each fellow is expected to complete at least one scholarly project during the fellowship. In most cases, this is a research project of the fellow’s design, conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor and scholarship oversight committee.

Additional information

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