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Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to Akron Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program. We offer a 2-year fellowship training program. Our fellowship program was established in 2014 and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Core training in hospital medicine occurs on the four inpatient general pediatric teaching services at Akron Children’s Main Campus, the 299-bed flagship hospital of the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio. Each team is comprised of senior residents, interns, and medical students, with ready access to ancillary staff including case managers, social workers, dietitians, therapists, and child life specialists.  We offer both tertiary care experience and community experience throughout our fellowship and are seeking candidates committed to academic and clinical skills with passion to teach, lead and innovate.

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About the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

The mission of Akron Children's Hospital's Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) fellowship program is:

  • To train physicians to be sub-specialists who are experts in providing high quality, patient-centered, evidence and value-based care to hospitalized children in every setting
  • To train physicians to be the future leaders of pediatric hospital medicine so they can drive, collaborate, and innovate the field 

We plan to do this by providing high-quality advanced inpatient training in diverse settings, keeping abreast of the new knowledge within the field of pediatric hospital medicine, and by integrating meaningful scholarship in quality improvement, clinical research, and medical education. Our training equips the fellows to become qualified pediatric hospitalists who can function  independently in any clinical setting (community or academic settings), with a wide range of patient populations (newborns, acute illness to chronic complex patients). In addition, we hope to instill the values in our fellows that we hold as a division – teamwork, lifelong learning, and  personal development.

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program at Akron Children’s hospital participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) https://www.nrmp.org/fellowship-applicants/ within the Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match. Applicants must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-fellowships-eras/applying-fellowships-eras no later than July 31.

After applications are received, our fellowship recruitment committee will review applications and we will send out invitations for interview. Interviews will be conducted in September- October. Important NRMP dates, including the Rank Order List Certification deadline and Match Day can be found at the NRMP website. https://www.nrmp.org/fellowship/medicine-and-pediatric-specialties-match/

Contact information:

Prabi Rajbhandari, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Director
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
prajbhandari@akronchildrens.org

Jamie Prock
Fellowship coordinator
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
330-543-4255
Jprock@akronchildrens.org

The pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Akron Children's is aligned with the ACGME requirements such that fellows have 32 weeks on core pediatric hospital medicine skills, of which at least 4 weeks is at a community site. The fellowship program ensures that trainees develop proficiency in the PHM Core Competencies developed by the PHM sub-board and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).  Fellows achieve this through broad clinical exposure in a variety of clinical settings. Fellows also gain ample experience with procedural sedation at the largest hospitalist-led sedation program in the country. All rotations are structured to permit independent medical decision-making with graduated autonomy.

Our fellows pursue one of numerous non-clinical opportunities, whether in medical education, clinical research, quality improvement and patient safety that our large, integrated pediatric health care system affords. Fellows spend non-clinical time in a mentored project (Research/Quality Improvement or Medical Education) 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. Our fellows also attend 1-2 national conferences yearly. 

*Fellowship Stipends 2021-2022

PL-4 – $68,342

PL-5 – $69,966

PL-6 -- $71,860

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Stipends

PL-1 – $62,545

PL-2 – $64,440

Optometry Fellowship Stipend

PL-1 - $60,623

Vacation

House offices are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.

 

Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.

 

Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.

 

Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.

 

Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.

 

Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.

Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.

 

Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.

 

Parking

A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.

 

Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.

 

Meals

Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.

 

Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.

 

Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.


*This information may differ by fellowship. Please check with the director for specifics.

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