Akron Children’s Hospital offers a 2-year Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship program to ensure that trainees develop proficiency in the core competencies developed by the Society of Hospital Medicine. Fellows achieve this through broad clinical exposure as well as mentored clinical research and quality improvement projects with special attention to medical education principles.
Core training in hospital medicine occurs on our 4 inpatient general pediatric teaching services. Each team comprises senior residents, interns and medical students, with ready access to ancillary staff including case managers, social workers, dietitians, therapists and child life specialists.
Additional rotations through the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency department, and newborn nursery/delivery room broaden clinical skills and enhance comfort with critically ill patients. Fellows also gain ample experience with procedural sedation and analgesia at one of the largest hospitalist-led sedation services in the country. All rotations are structured to permit independent medical decision-making with graduated autonomy.
Fellows spend non-clinical time in a mentored research project with the goal of national presentation or peer-reviewed publication. Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute provides assistance with study design, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. Fellows also actively participate with ongoing quality improvement projects within the division of Hospital Medicine and have assigned teaching responsibilities.
The division is led by James Nard, MD, who manages the activities of more than 35 hospitalists providing inpatient care at 5 northeast Ohio locations. Faculty at the Akron campus hold academic appointments at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and boast a variety of clinical, educational and administrative interests.
Members of the division include the associate dean of clinical affairs at NEOMED, the associate director of the pediatric residency program, and the physician deployment director at the Center for Operations Excellence, as well as the directors of CME, undergraduate medical education, pediatric evidence-based medicine curriculum, pediatric residency simulation program, and sedation services at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Upon completion of our fellowship program, graduates will be clinically competent and competitive for any position, whether in a large academic medical center or small community hospital. They will also be prepared to assume leadership roles and advance the discipline of pediatric hospital medicine for years to come.
For more information about our program, contact the hospital medicine fellowship director, Jeffrey Solomon, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-543-4440.
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