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Fellowship Description

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is pleased to offer a two-to three-year Faculty Development Program in General Academic Pediatrics. This fellowship is part of a joint interdisciplinary (general academic pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics and internal medicine) faculty development program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and draws upon opportunities and expertise from the divisions of General Academic Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health and University, Community, Leaders and Individuals with Disabilities Center (UCLID).

The fellowship program aims to prepare highly qualified leaders in the fields of academic pediatrics and community health through a rich experiential curriculum emphasizing the following areas:

1. Comprehensive Research Training

  • Fellows are encouraged to take advanced degrees in clinical research, medical education or public health. Degrees offered include: Master of Science in Clinical Research, Master of Science in Medical Education, Master of Public Health, and Master of Arts in Bioethics. Faculty participate in a weekly Interdisciplinary Research Forum devoted to research methodology and public policy priorities related to underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
  • Fellows design and execute an independent clinical or medical education research project.
  • Fellows present their research findings at regional and national meetings.
  • Fellows establish long-term relationships with career and research mentors through weekly or bi-weekly meetings.

2. Cultural Competency Training

  • Fellows and faculty attend a variety of seminars and events devoted to cultural competence, integrating their experiences into practice and their portfolio (see below).
  • Fellows participate in the Center for Minority Health Journal Club.
  • Fellows and faculty evaluate growth in personal and organizational cultural competence over time.

3. Leadership Development

  • Fellows participate in leadership training.
  • Fellows apply the principles obtained through this training coursework in leadership roles in their research, education and clinical roles.
  • Fellows demonstrate community leadership skills in the education of trainees who receive their primary care experience at the community health center.

4. Future Career Development

  • Fellows create and maintain a Learning and Professional Portfolio, integrating all aspects of the fellowship. The portfolio summarizes accomplishments, competencies and career trajectory.

In addition to these areas of emphasis, fellows have ongoing clinical responsibilities that include:

  • Precepting trainees two half-days each week at clinics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Oakland and Turtle Creek sites.
  • Providing direct patient care to their own panels of patients one half-day per week.
  • Teaching as the inpatient attending for two weeks during their second year of fellowship.
  • Precepting pediatric nurse practitioners and residents as they conduct well-child and acute-care visits, as well as directly seeing patients with acute problems one evening per week and one Saturday per month.
Last Update
September 8, 2013
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Last Update
September 8, 2013