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.

Academic Experiences

Our fellows are exposed to all academic facets of Pediatric Hospital Medicine – including clinical and health services research, quality improvement science, patient safety, medical operations, biomedical and clinical informatics, and medical education. With the guidance of a mentorship team and Scientific Oversight Committee, each fellow will choose an area for their primary academic focus in which to acquire additional advanced skills. The second and third years of fellowship allow for completion of a related Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati and deep, experiential learning through the conduct of academic projects that apply these skills.

Clinical and Health Services Research

  • Most fellows interested in clinical and/or health services research complete the MS in Clinical and Translational Research through the University of Cincinnati. This degree program offers a broad range of courses in clinical epidemiology, clinical effectiveness, molecular epidemiology, clinical trials, and translational research. Students in the degree program select a focus area that is tailored to the interests of the fellow. Certificate programs are available for special interest areas (e.g., biomedical informatics, health care administration, health care finance, health care policy).

Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Medical Operations

  • The Quality Scholars Program through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center’s Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence provides in-depth training and experience in quality improvement for individuals who seek to be independent improvement investigators or system-wide improvement leaders.
  • Quality Scholars also complete the MS in Clinical and Translational Research as a foundational part of the program.
  • Fellows interested in the Quality Scholars Program will apply in their first year of fellowship.
  • Most fellows, regardless of focus area, will complete formal QI training during fellowship through either the Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative (RCIC) or the LEAN Collaborative.

Biomedical and Clinical Informatics

Medical Education

  • For fellows interested in academic careers in medical education, the Online Master's Degree in Education (MEd) provides a foundation in the principles of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, and educational measurement and research.
  • Additional educational training opportunities are available in a multi-divisional collaborative group focused on educational scholarship.