Pediatric Nutrition Fellowship

Overview

The Pediatric Nutrition Fellowship Training Program is a three-year fellowship program, supported by Abbott, designed to prepare pediatricians for a career in academic clinical nutrition and research. The first year is dedicated to clinical training. The second and third years are devoted to laboratory and/or clinical research.  The research years may be waived if the fellow has participated in research focused on nutrition during another fellowship, such as in gastroenterology, endocrinology, or neonatology.

Support from Abbott

With Abbott’s generous support, we have made significant strides in pediatric nutrition education. Abbott supports CHOP’s clinical and research training program in pediatric nutrition, which leverages our outstanding faculty, facilities, trainees and the volume and diversity of our patient population. It is imperative to provide the best training to clinicians and physician-scientists, as these are the individuals who will understand both the patient needs and the science to advance pediatric medicine and child health. Because of Abbott’s support, we are able to produce experts in pediatric nutrition and address the need for more clinicians and scientists in this field.

Fellowship leaders

Fellowship Training Program Director
Sherri S. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAAP
267-426-0073
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Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
Tiffany DiBruno
215-590-3247
Email Tiffany DiBruno

Section Chief, Nutrition, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS
215-590-5223

Director, Nutrition Center
Virginia A. Stallings, MD
215-590-1664

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
David Piccoli, MD
215-590-2762
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Program goals and objectives

The Pediatric Nutrition Fellowship Training Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides pediatricians who have completed residency training with a three-year educational experience to allow them to pursue a career in academic clinical nutrition. A combined four-year program coordinated with training in a related fellowship program (such as gastroenterology, endocrinology, neonatology, etc.) is also available.

The goal of this fellowship program is to prepare graduates to be effective clinicians and independent physician scientists.

Specifically, this program is designed to:

  • Expand the trainee’s medical knowledge of and clinical skills in nutrition-focused evaluation, diagnosis and management of pediatric disease.
  • Provide training in either laboratory-based or clinical investigations related to pediatric nutrition.
  • Prepare the trainee to qualify for the specialty board in clinical nutrition (National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists).

Program curriculum

Year one

The first year fellows participate in programming devoted primarily to clinical training with inpatient and outpatient services. The inpatient program is organized through the Hospital-wide Nutrition Support Service, where the fellow consults as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of children requiring extensive nutritional status assessment and parenteral or nutritional support.  All attendings on the Nutrition Support Service are board certified by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

The fellow also participates in a variety of other subspecialty outpatient settings requiring nutritional evaluation and management, including Intestinal Rehabilitation, Gastroenterology, Healthy Weight, Eating Disorders, Metabolic Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Endocrinology, General Nutrition, Bone Health and Feeding Team. The fellow will participate in caring for patients in a weekly continuity clinic (such as home TPN, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lipid Heart Clinic, Bariatrics, etc). Elective time is available for focused clinical training and/or research in areas of particular interest to the fellow.

While the first year is clinically focused, there is a parallel goal of establishing a smooth plan for the transition to research endeavors at the beginning of the second fellowship year. The first year fellow will meet with the fellowship director multiple times during the first year to discuss research options and interests. Ultimately, trainees are expected to identify a mentor in their area of research interest by the conclusion of the first year.

Years two and three

In the second and third years of training, fellows will spend at least 80 percent of their effort conducting laboratory and/or clinical research with their faculty mentor. During this time, the fellow is expected to gain experience designing and conducting hypothesis-driven research. Ideally, the chosen research project should be achievable within the fellowship training period and at the completion of the project should result in a manuscript or manuscripts suitable for publication.

The research years may be waived if the fellow has participated in research focused on nutrition during another fellowship, such as in gastroenterology, endocrinology, or neonatology. In addition to completing the research project, fellows are also encouraged to apply for funding so they can develop the skills necessary to produce a competitive grant. 

Conferences

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Nutrition Center and Integrative Health Seminar Series
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Gastroenterology Conferences, including Journal Club, Research Conference, Clinical Conference, Case Conference, Radiology Conference, Pathology Conference, and Chief Rounds
  • Perelman School of Medicine Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Seminar Series
  • Monell Chemical Senses Center Seminar Series

Past fellows

Fellowship graduates have earned positions at institutions including:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN

How to apply

Please note that the deadline to submit applications is July 1. Completed application packets may be emailed or mailed to the address at the end of the application form. A complete application packet includes:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Three supporting letters of reference
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. One-page summary highlighting interests, purpose and career goals as they pertain to the fellowship
  5. Dean's letter (MSPE)
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
  8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
  9. If a not a citizen of the United States or permanent resident, copy of current, appropriate visa

Tobacco-free hiring policy

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.

More information

To learn more, please contact Sherri Cohen, MD, Fellowship Training Program Director, at 267-426-0073 or by email.