Adolescent Medicine

  • Curriculum

    Cincinnati Children’s offers broad and diverse opportunities for fellowship education. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is ranked third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report survey of best children’s hospitals and has served a diverse population of patients from 53 countries and all 50 states. The Division of Adolescent Medicine has supported fellowship training for decades. Our faculty are recognized as national leaders in interdisciplinary education, primary care for high-risk youth, eating disorders, adolescent gynecology and reproductive health, community program development and advocacy. 

    In order for fellows to focus their efforts, they work closely with faculty, their career and research mentors and their scholarship oversight committee to develop an educational plan and a scholarly activity that will best prepare the fellows for their chosen career path. Fellows have many opportunities to further their career during their fellowship in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, including co-author book chapters and reviews with faculty, funding and time off to attend regional and national conferences, and tuition reimbursement for Masters degrees in Public Health, Education, Business or Clinical Research.

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    + Clinical Training

    Fellows complete clinical rotations at Cincinnati Children’s in the inpatient and outpatient setting in adolescent medicine specialty clinics, including the nationally recognized Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, the Teen Health Center, adolescent psychiatry clinic, adolescent consult clinic, and the interdisciplinary eating disorders clinic. Fellows also complete rotations in the community at the Cincinnati Job Corps Wellness Center and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) certified medicine department of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center. Interested fellows are encouraged to seek training in focused areas of clinical interests; for example gynecology, endocrinology, sports medicine, school based health centers, or HIV medicine in the Family Care Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.

    + Research Training

    Fellows enter a well-established curriculum that covers the basics of clinical research design and implementation, biostatistics, ethics in research, grant writing, and scientific writing among other scholarly topics. They also participate in the Divisional Research in Progress seminars and Journal Clubs. Fellows attend the Inter-Divisional Research in Progress which is a joint conference with Adolescent and Transition Medicine, Emergency Medicine and General Pediatrics fellows, faculty and research staff in attendance. Interested fellows may apply for a position in the Quality Scholars Program, which is part of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. The program’s goals include developing faculty to create effective healthcare delivery system interventions that can be disseminated into real-world practice settings, directly resulting in improved health outcomes.

    Cincinnati Children's receives the third-highest amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health of any pediatric institution in the United States. Many opportunities for research are available. Fellows work closely with research mentors to design and conduct a research or scholarly project. Previous fellows’ research areas have included public health, community program evaluation, medical education and healthcare quality improvement. Recent topics have included puberty, obesity, eating disorders, depression, asthma, contraception, HIV, syphilis and healthcare delivery to adolescents in medical homes. Research is conducted at Cincinnati Children’s, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools or Cincinnati Public Health Department depending on the research project.

    + Advocacy

    The division has a long history of advocacy work to improve the health of adolescents. Interested fellows can work with experienced faculty mentors to gain opportunities for advocacy experience with local communities; educational system, judicial system, county, state, national and international governments; and professional organizations.

    + Didactics

    Core Competencies in Clinical Adolescent Medicine, Research, Teaching, Administration and Leadership

    The Division of Adolescent Medicine runs the Core Adolescent and Transition Medicine Lecture Series, Clinical Case Conferences and Healthcare Quality Improvement Conferences. At their own pace, fellows move into teaching roles by participating in lecture series and conferences.

    The Graduate Medical Education office of Cincinnati Children’s runs a year-long curriculum that encompasses the ACGME fellowship core competencies, as well as the American Board of Pediatrics core curriculum for scholarly activities. It was developed by education specialists at Cincinnati Children’s and is taught by faculty who are noted for their teaching abilities. In addition, attendance is an opportunity to network with fellows from other specialties.

    Fellows are provided protected time and are encouraged to enroll in Master’s level classes and complete Masters of Public Health, Education, Business or Clinical Research at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University or an accredited online school.