Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship

Welcome to the Miami Children's Health System/Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship. This one year fellowship is designed to train candidates for a future career in academic pediatrics, teaching, research, quality improvement, and administration.

The Miami Children's Health System/Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist fellowship's long-term objectives aim at preparing diverse, qualified pediatric trained physicians for a pediatric hospitalist career. The program is designed to develop the future leaders in pediatric hospital medicine in the areas of clinical care, teaching, research, advocacy and administration. The training setting, opportunities, and focus areas are directed toward the culturally sensitive care of the acutely ill hospitalized children. The long-term goals of the proposed project is to provide high quality training in patient-oriented pediatric inpatient research to qualified health care professionals with interest and expertise in Hospital Medicine research. All fellows participating in the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Academic Hospitalist fellowship will spend one year of training dedicated to mentored research (40% of time), clinical duties/patient care, administrative, and teaching and supervision of pediatric residents and medical students.

About the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Hospitalist Division

The Hospitalist Division

Fellowship Focus Areas

In order to tailor the training to the fellow's area(s) of interest, he/she will be required to choose a focus area from the following list:

  1. Quality Improvement
  2. Clinical Informatics
  3. Education/Curriculum Development
  4. Care Coordination/Case Management
  5. Patient Safety/Medical Errors/Hand-off
  6. Sedation/Pain Management

The chosen focus area will dictate:

  1. The choice of Mentored Project topic
  2. Hospital Committee assignments

Required Didactics

The fellow will have mandatory didactics spread over the course of the year. These include:

  • The Common Fellowship Curriculum lecture series: A series of educational topics common to all fellows such as: Adult learning theory, teaching how to teach, evaluation and feedback, dealing with the problem learner, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), preparing creative lectures, abstracts, presentations, workshops and posters, professionalism, research methods, biostatistics, to name a few. These occur monthly and are required for all Nicklaus Children's Hospital fellows.
  • Hospitalist Division Journal Club (Attend and participate in presenting Journal Club once per quarter)
  • Web-based modules on practice management (IPM) Introduction to the Practice of Medicine Modules

General Program Description

The Miami Children's Health System/Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Program is designed to prepare the trainees for an academic career in hospital Pediatrics. Fellows will spend up to ~ 40% of their training time in non-clinical activities e.g. research and teaching and ~ 60% in clinical work. Both research and clinical times will include learning as well as teaching and supervising junior trainees (residents and medical students). Each of the fellows is assigned a "Career Mentor" and a "Research Mentor". The "Career Mentor" is typically the fellowship director who meets with the fellow(s) on a regular basis and follows their career development including their leadership and teaching skills. Research Mentors include faculty who have expertise in the fellow's focus area. They may include generalists as well as specialists. Fellows will be assigned their research mentor based on their "focus area" and research project. Both the career and faculty mentors report back to the Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) on the academic or clinical progress of the trainee including their scholarship project.

The fellows will function as junior faculty, participate in weekly journal clubs as well as residents morning reports and didactic lectures. They are expected to participate in Research Conferences at participating institutions both as presenters and attendees. Fellows have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students in the context of clinical work (inpatient) as well as didactic lectures.

General Program Design*

Training Year 1
Research/ Project Time ~ 19 weeks
Clinical** ~ 29 weeks
Vacation/Conference Time ~ 4 weeks

* Clinical and research times are estimates and are not contiguous
** Clinical time estimate does not include call

Salary and Benefits

Fellows' salary and benefits will be commensurate with the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Medical Education salary and benefits provided to fellows. Benefits will include health insurance, dental, and malpractice insurance.

Eligible Candidates

The Miami Children's Health System/Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Program is a one-year postdoctoral program. Eligible candidates include postdoctoral trainees (with M.D. or D.O. degrees) who have completed a minimum of 3 year Pediatric or 4 year Med-Peds residency training at an ACGME-accredited residency program. Program candidates must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. The program will recruit one trainee per year to start on July 1st of every academic year.

How to Apply

Our institution requires applicants to submit the Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Common Application Form. In addition, we require applicants to send us a CV and three (3) letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted from July 1st to October 1st for the next academic year. Once applications are reviewed, applicants may possibly be contacted to schedule an interview. All Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowships participate in the Match, which opens August 26, 2015. Match Day is December 16, 2015.

Interested candidates should direct their inquiries to:

Melissa Clemente, MD (
Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship, Program Director

Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO (
Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship, Associate Director

Please visit for additional information on Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowships.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
Ph: (305) 668-5500
Fax: (305) 662-8344

Nicklaus Children's Hospital

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