Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship Roles

DRS Dinner, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship

The hospitalists of the The Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) care for general pediatric patients admitted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The PHM group cares for around 5,000 children admitted to the hospital each year.

Several different roles and models of care exist within the hospitalist program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Over the course of their fellowship, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine fellows will work with attending hospitalists in each of the roles below.

General Pediatric Teaching Teams

These teams include medical students, interns, and a senior pediatric resident. Visiting residents from other programs often rotate on these teams.

The attending hospitalist:

  • Supervises the care of the patients admitted to these teams.
  • Provides teaching for a wide range of learning levels.
  • Takes part in daily Family-Centered Rounds.

"Orange" Team Hospitalists

The “Orange” Team provides 24-hour, in-house attending hospitalist coverage for the care of general pediatric patients.

While not a traditional teaching service, senior residents may choose to rotate on the “Orange” Team.

Observation Unit

The Observation Unit is a 10-bed hospital unit. Hospitalists in the unit care for general pediatric patients with expected stays of 48 hours or less.

An attending pediatric hospitalist supervises the care team of:

  • Medical students
  • Interns
  • Visiting residents
  • A senior pediatric resident


Attending hospitalists — often along with residents — provide general pediatric consults throughout the hospital.

The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center Pediatric Specialty Hospital

The PHM doctors also care for children admitted to the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. These young patients no longer need acute inpatient management at Children’s Hospital but aren't yet ready to go home.

Patients admitted to this service may:

  • Require prolonged IV antibiotics.
  • Require feeding therapies.
  • Be waiting for the next stage of complex congenital heart disease repair.

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