Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview/Goals

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will train pediatricians to become academic pediatric hospitalists who provide safe, superior patient care, are well versed in patient safety, quality and process improvement, perform-high level quality/patient safety research, and attain leadership roles in their careers. These goals will be attained by a two-year immersion experience in the following areas:

  • Management of pediatric inpatients and learning teams
  • Quality improvement/patient safety/process improvement/care outcomes
  • Sedation/pain management/associated electives
  • Individual curriculum 
  • Billing/coding/revenue enhancement
  • Clinical research/education/leadership

Training basics

Majority of training occurs at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a 225-bed freestanding children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. in addition to the Grand Rapids location, training also occurs at Zeeland Community Hospital, 30 minutes from Helen DeVos Children's Hospital's main campus. Grand Rapids is also home to 25 other Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residencies and fellowships, as well as the main campus of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

Fellowship at a Glance

Fellows per year: two
Duration of program: two years
Application deadline: November 12, 2018

National Resident Matching Program match timeline:
  • July 1, 2018: Application season opens
  • September 26, 2018: Match opens
  • October 24, 2018: Rank order list entry opens
  • November 28, 2018: Rank order list certification deadline
  • December 12, 2018: Match day
Application and fellowship requirements:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two or more letters of recommendation, one from residency program director or current clinical supervisor (if residency already completed)
  • Personal statement, including goals for training in a hospitalist fellowship
  • Completed common application (available here
  • American Board of Pediatrics certified or eligible
  • No visa requirement
  • Unrestricted license to practice in Michigan
  • Current BLS and PALS certification; NRP certification desired but optional
  • For questions about fellowship, contact jeri.kessenich@helendevoschildrens.org
Application materials should be sent to:

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship application (61 KB DOCX)

Deb Crisman, Program Coordinator
Attn: Jeri Kessenich, MD, Program Director
100 Michigan Street NE, Mail Code 169
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Email (preferred): deborah.crisman@helendevoschildrens.org

Curriculum

Year One:

6 blocks required Clinical Care rotations (General Academic and Community Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Complex Care, Co-management and Consults, Care and Stabilization of the Critically Ill Child and Newborn experiences will be included in these blocks).  Community Hospital Medicine rotation will occur outside of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and is a longitudinal rotation.

4 blocks required Systems and Scholarship rotations (Improvement Science, Patient Safety, Leadership and Approach to Scholarly Production will be included in these blocks)

3 block required Individualized Curriculum (elective options include Advanced Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care and Chronic Pain Management, Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Nephrology, Toxicology, General Hospital Medicine, Advanced Pediatric Surgery, Global Health, Business of Medicine and Individualized Rotations).  Sedation will be required by the program in either the first or second year

4 weeks vacation

Year Two:

4 blocks required Clinical Care rotations (General Academic Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Complex Care, Co-management and Consults, Care and Stabilization of the Critically Ill Child and Newborn experiences). 

4 blocks required Systems and Scholarship rotations (Medical Education, Practice Management/Business Administration, Teaching and Advocacy will be included in these blocks, as well as advanced work in Improvement Science and Patient Safety)

5 blocks required Individualized Curriculum  elective options (Advanced Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care and Chronic Pain Management, Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Nephrology, Toxicology, General Hospital Medicine, Advanced Pediatric Surgery, Global Health, Business of Medicine and Individualized Rotations). Sedation will be required by the program in either the first or second year.

4 weeks vacation

Academic, Educational, Administrative & Extra-Curricular Experiences 

  • Mandatory attendance at national pediatric hospitalist meeting and AAP Section of Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference during first year 
  • Attendance at national hospital meeting and/or PAS conference during second year 
  • Completion of Fundamentals of Pediatric Critical Care Stabilization and SPS Sedation Provider courses
  • Monthly participation in leading simulation sessions with residents and medical students
  • Monthly presentations at Hospitalist Journal Club
  • Weekly attendance at all fellows’ didactics and research conferences
  • Completed curriculum in Quality/Patient Safety/Process Improvement with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Safety/Quality team
    • IHI Open School training
    • Process Improvement Bronze training
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) team training
  • Original scholarly project completion in area of patient safety/quality research
  • Bench or clinical research projects can be completed, too, as desired
  • Submission of abstract to national meeting in first year
  • Assigned didactic conferences for residents and medical students
  • Other committee participation, as assigned
  • Fellows as Teachers Curriculum
  • Business of Medicine Practicum  
  • Resident/Fellows Wellness Program 
  • House Staff Council
  • Intramural Sports 
  • Global Health Interest Group

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Highlights

  • 225-bed freestanding children’s hospital
  • Annual admissions: 9,100 inpatient; 1,400 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; 2,200 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • More than 56,000 annual Emergency Department visits
  • U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Children’s Hospital
  • Multiple awards for patient safety leadership programs
  • High caliber Pediatrics (18/year) and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (four/year) residencies, as well as many others who rotate through Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Plastics, Transitional Year, Family Medicine, etc.)
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, with opportunities for teaching medical students at all levels
  • Fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Palliative Care Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine 

Fellowship Mentorship/Oversight

  • Career mentor
  • Scholarly project mentor
  • Scholarship Oversight Committee
  • Curriculum/Education Committee

Benefits

  • Health, dental, basic life, disability insurance
  • Malpractice insurance provided
  • Educational stipend
  • Parking included
  • Office space, computer, pager, phone, call rooms
  • Meal cards for overnight shifts 

Meet Our Team

pediatric hospital medicine team

The hospitalist division at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is made up of 16 physicians, 5 nurse practitioners and an administrative support employee. We have a broad range of interests, including bench research, patient safety/quality, peer review, billing and coding, education to learners of all levels, collaborative outcomes research, process improvement and clinical research, among others.

Why Grand Rapids?

  • Second-largest city in Michigan; 200,000 in city proper; one million in metro area
  • We are a diverse city with almost 30% of the population between 20 and 35 years of age
  • Art Prize—world’s richest and most radically open art competition
  • Number 1 Beer City—unbelievable microbreweries
  • Top 50 best U.S. cities for cycling
  • Short drive to Lake Michigan
  • Minor league baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball teams
  • Outdoor paradise for running, cycling, hiking and swimming 
  • Beautiful medical facilities
  • Amazing restaurants and concert venues