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The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program prepares pediatric internal medicine, pediatric medicine and family practice physicians for academic careers as leading clinicians, scholars and teachers. The fellowship is a three-year program sponsored by the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
This innovative fellowship is designed to prepare academic leaders in adolescent medicine. The program uses the resources of CHOP and the graduate departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Because CHOP and UPenn are located next to each other, there is a strong "one-University" philosophy, and the program provides an ideal setting for a creative, multidisciplinary fellowship experience.
Chief, Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent MedicineDirector, Fellowship Training ProgramCarol A. Ford, MD
Associate Fellowship DirectorZachary B. McClain, MD
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 three months as the fellow on the inpatient adolescent service, coverage of the inpatient adolescent consultation service, three sessions weekly in both our Adolescent Specialty Care and Adolescent Primary Care clinics, and one or two sessions weekly in other elective clinical activities.
Elective clinical activities may include rotations through the Student Health Service at Penn, the Center for Sports Medicine and Performance, 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.
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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.
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.
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.
In addition, fellows are required to participate in weekly divisional conferences every Thursday.
The fellow is also encouraged to attend fellow association conferences and lectures in other specialty areas when rotating through those areas or at the discretion of the fellow and fellowship director.
The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), thorough the Association of American Medical Colleges. The fellowship application is available on the ERAS website for positions beginning each July.
The three-year fellowship seeks physicians who:
To apply for the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program, the following should be completed and uploaded to the ERAS program:
We interview eligible applicants between August and early October
To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.
Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.