Pediatric Nutrition Fellowship

Overview

The Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition is a three-year, specialized training program offering unparalleled clinical depth and rigor, as well as opportunities for cutting-edge clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Training tomorrow's leaders

The role of nutrition is increasingly being recognized in children with acute and chronic disease processes. Research into the microbiome, metabolomics, and human-environment interactions has become more sophisticated, informing new treatment paradigms and making it increasingly important for physicians to be well-versed in the latest evidence-based approaches.

While all pediatricians undergo some nutrition training during residency, the scope and depth of this training varies significantly. Since 1997, the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists has prescribed standards for physician training and certification in clinical nutrition. However, CHOP’s excellence in training physician leaders across a range of specialties in nutrition predates this effort by a decade. We have a strong track record providing advanced training in nutrition for general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists since 1987.

The Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at CHOP is one of a few programs in the country focused exclusively on pediatric nutritional challenges. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers and leadership roles in patient care, academics, and industry around the world.

Fellows will work directly with experts from our Nutrition Center within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The experience includes:

  • A structured curriculum that addresses clinical, research, and didactic components that prepare graduates for board certification by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.
  • World-renowned faculty with more than 200 years of combined experience treating patients and conducting clinical, translational, and basic science research.
  • Physicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians with significant expertise in nutritional disorders and nutrition support across the spectrum of age and disease.

Program goals

We will:

  • Train pediatricians to deliver comprehensive medical care to pediatric patients with nutritional disorders
  • Train pediatricians to become experts in:
    • The epidemiology, pathogenesis, and natural history of nutritional disorders
    • Nutrition-focused diagnostics, including focused physical exam, laboratory evaluation, and imaging modalities
    • Evidence-based therapeutic strategies encompassing medical and nutritional approaches in inpatient and outpatient settings
    • Advanced analytic techniques, including indirect calorimetry, body composition assessment, and measures of functional status
    • Critical evaluation of nutrition literature
    • Psychosocial aspects of nutrition care and support
  • Prepare the successful fellow for leadership roles within academic settings and advocacy organizations
  • Prepare the successful fellow to effectively collaborate with other members of the care team, referring physicians, primary care doctors, and other providers within the pediatric nutrition community

Curriculum overview

First-year fellows participate in programming devoted primarily to clinical training with inpatient and outpatient services, including the hospital-wide inpatient Nutrition Support Service, outpatient nutrition clinics, intestinal rehabilitation, healthy weight/obesity, endocrinology, metabolism, and electives focusing on the fellow’s area of interest. 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.

In the second and third years of training, fellows will spend at least 80% of their effort conducting laboratory and/or clinical research with a 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. Fellows are encouraged to apply for intra- and extramural grant funding. Master’s degree programs are available.

Fellows will attend and participate in divisional didactic and conference experiences, including the long-running weekly Nutrition Seminar series.

How to apply

Applicants for the Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition must have completed a pediatric residency in the United States or Canada before entering the program. Candidates from outside the U.S. or Canada require equivalent training. Subspecialists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Prospective fellows are encouraged to contact Sherri Cohen, MD, MPH, at cohens@email.chop.edu.

Selected applicants will be interviewed in person by at least three faculty members from CHOP’s Nutrition Center. A group interview will also take place and may include expanded staff from Clinical Nutrition as well as the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Contact us

Sherri S. Cohen, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director
cohens@email.chop.edu
267-426-0073