The first year of the fellowship is fully committed to clinical training, with the next two years primarily aimed at research training. In the clinical year, fellows are expected to spend most of their time in the clinic, as the subspecialty is largely outpatient based. However, fellows are also responsible for inpatient service, consults and nighttime / weekend call. With two fellows per year, each is on call approximately 50 percent of the time, except for weekend responsibilities, which are shared with senior fellows. Fellows participate in the teaching programs organized by Dr. Huggins.
In the first year, fellows interview with faculty to identify potential research advisers / mentors, and are advised and counseled on how to choose which research tracks to pursue during the subsequent years of the fellowship. Fellows are required to participate in and contribute to the formal lectures, conferences and teaching sessions scheduled throughout the academic year. Evaluation of each trainee’s progress occurs at least every six months. In addition, a Scholarship Oversight Committee and Mentoring Committee, as mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics, will be established for each trainee.