Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship
The pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital trains pediatricians to become academic pediatric hospitalists. It is a two year program and we accept two fellows annually.
We hope the following information is useful to you. Thanks again for considering us for your fellowship training and please feel free to contact us with questions! If you are an internal medicine/pediatrics resident, we can offer you time as an adult hospitalist during your fellowship elective time. Several of our hospitalists are internal medicine/pediatrics trained and continue to work on the adult side, too. Please don’t hesitate to inquire more about this!
Learn more from our PGY-5 fellows and how the pediatric hospital medicine fellowship is preparing them for their future.
The fellowship curriculum in year one consists of:
Four blocks hospital medicine at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
One block community hospital medicine
One block pediatric intensive care unit
One block sedation
Two blocks electives
Four blocks scholarly activity/research
Four weeks vacation/conference
The curriculum in year two consists of:
Three blocks hospital medicine at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
One block neonatal medicine
Five blocks electives
Four blocks scholarly activity/research
Electives offered include infectious disease with antibiotic stewardship, pediatric emergency medicine, palliative care/pain management, child abuse and neglect, nephrology, pulmonology, toxicology, pediatric surgery, genetics and metabolism, global health, hospital administration and leadership, pediatric physical medicine & rehabilitation, the business of medicine, and the option to design your own elective.
We are passionate about your learning, and have in place a well rounded approach to education, both clinically and via the following didactic series:
- Core fellow research and QI
- Hospitalist fellow-specific training in QI, patient safety and process improvement (Bronze training)
- Core fellow clinical lectures given by the pediatric critical care section (shock, respiratory failure, etc)
- Hospital fellow-specific series based on the PHM Content Guide given by the hospitalist section
- Hospitalist Fellowship Journal Club (monthly)
- Hospitalist Fellowship Ethics presentations (quarterly)
- Bronze Certification training in process and quality improvement
Fellows as Teachers
- Completion of a two day and a half day Clinical Teacher Program
- Development and oversight of simulation sessions with residents and medical students
- Leaders in the Intern Lecture Series
- Formal teaching in the undergraduate medical education curriculum at MSU College of Human Medicine
- Bedside teaching of residents and medical students
Fellows must complete and present at least one major scholarly project in the area of patient quality/safety, but the reality is that our fellows are involved in multiple scholarly projects during their two years here, including clinical research and additional quality work. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has extraordinary QI infrastructure in the form of the i-Hub (Improvement Hub), where fellows receive full support to design and carry out any number of projects of interest to them. In addition, fellows have great research oversight and mentorship by one of our core faculty members, a grant-funded member of the hospitalist division. Many members of the Spectrum Health hospitalist group are involved in scholarly activity, so there is no shortage of ideas or mentors for you.
- Use of a critical care billing module to enhance accuracy of documentation of illness severity and billing
- Reducing unnecessary vital sign measurements in pediatric inpatients
- Improving the use of interpreter services in the pediatric inpatient unit
- Cultural competency self-assessments among medical providers
- Weaning vs. holiday schedule in pediatric inpatients requiring high flow nasal cannula oxygen delivery
- Improving feedback given to residents on the academic hospitalist service
- Creating a management for daily improvement board for the pediatric hospital medicine division
- Decreasing bronchiolitis readmission rates with enhanced discharge education
- Decreasing electrolyte testing in pediatric inpatients (multicenter collaborative QI project)
Part of wellness involves being empowered to have a voice in the running of the fellowship, and that is hugely important in our program. Your opinion will be sought out on all aspects of your fellowship experience, with the commitment of continuous quality improvement by all of us at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital! In addition, there is an enormous focus on resident/fellow wellness at Spectrum Health, and fellows can be involved via participation in the many events throughout the year, or as leaders, including:
- Resident/Fellow Wellness Committee
- Diversity Council
- Housestaff Council
You will love the overall culture at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which is warm and welcoming, and we also work to pair you with mentors who act as advisors and guides during your fellowship and beyond. In addition, our hospitalist group is committed to celebrating life outside the hospital, too, and we have regular get-togethers that you’ll love being a part of.
July 1, 2019: Application season opens
September 25, 2019: Match opens
October 30, 2019: Rank order entry list opens
November 22, 2019: Application submission deadline
December 4, 2019: Rank order list certification deadline
December 18, 2019: Match day
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