During the first clinically focused year, fellows will work directly with attending faculty on our general pediatric teaching services with the primary goals of becoming strong clinical leaders of multidisciplinary teams and improving bedside teaching skills in the context of family-centered rounds. This clinical time includes 14 weeks on the inpatient resident teaching services. In addition, fellows will gain advanced skills to manage neonatal and pediatric patients who are unstable or decompensating working with pediatric critical care, transport medicine, neonatology and anesthesia faculty. Experiences with the surgical consultation and children with special healthcare needs services are also included in the first year. Additional time in the first year is set aside for beginning research projects and coursework (8 weeks), elective time (4 weeks) and vacation (4 weeks).
The subsequent years’ clinical time will focus on developing further independence and allow fellows to choose academic experiences tailored to their expected pursuits. Each year will also include approximately 25% time providing clinical care as an independent provider on the main resident teaching services (~7 weeks) and 4 weeks of vacation.
A multitude of non-clinical professional development curriculum options are available: fellows participate in an institutional fellowship curriculum, dedicated divisional activities geared to fellows and junior faculty, and attend 1-2 national conferences yearly.
All fellows will acquire skills in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, quality improvement science, research design, patient safety and adult learning theory. Further, all fellows will have a longitudinal experience with a senior hospital leader that focuses on strategic planning and understanding of the business case for quality care. With the guidance of a mentorship team and quarterly Scientific Oversight Committee, each fellow will choose an area in which to acquire additional advanced skills and be expected to produce an associated scholarly project or projects that apply these skills. Strong options at Cincinnati Children’s for more advanced, degree-granting study include quality improvement, clinical epidemiology and medical education. Specifically, fellows can obtain a Master’s of Science in Clinical & Translational Research, Masters of Science in Epidemiology, Masters of Public Health or Master’s in Medical Education.