Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Program! This two-year fellowship is designed to train candidates as diverse, qualified, well rounded physicians for a pediatric hospitalist career in an academic/tertiary care center or community hospital practice.

The long-term goals of the fellowship are to provide high quality training in patient and family-oriented hospitalized care, and to provide opportunities for additional growth in Hospital Medicine research and quality improvement endeavors. In addition, the program aims to develop fellows into future leaders in teaching, leadership, advocacy, and hospital administration.

The training rotations, opportunities, and focus areas are directed toward the culturally sensitive care of acutely ill, hospitalized children and their families in the diverse setting of beautiful Miami.


About the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Hospitalist Division

The Pediatric Hospitalist Division began in 1997 and has had over 20 years of continuous growth. Currently, our group consists of 12 hospitalist attendings and a nurse practitioner. Our clinicians also work in the Global Health, Hospital Administration, Medical Education, Quality, and Sedation departments within the institution. All attendings are board certified in Pediatrics and are assistant clinical faculty at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. The division manages over 6,500 admissions per year at NCH and boast a high complex and diverse pathology patient case mix.

Meet the Pediatric Hospitalist Team


Program Description

The pediatric hospitalist fellow will spend about 40% of their two-year training in non-clinical activities (e.g. research, QI, and teaching), 40% in clinical work, and 20% on an individualized curriculum based on their elective rotations.

Each fellows has a Career Mentor and a Research Mentor. The Career Mentor is typically the fellowship director, but maybe another hospitalist within the division, who meets with the fellow on a regular basis to help with career development including their leadership and teaching skills. The Research Mentor is a faculty member who has expertise in the fellow's research focus area. They may include hospitalists as well as other sub-specialists within the institution. Both the Career and Research Mentors report back to the Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) and the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) on the progress of each fellow.

The fellows will function as junior faculty and participate in residents' morning reports, medical student lectures, Grand Rounds, Radiology conferences and other didactic lectures. They are expected to participate in the annual PHM Conference, the PHM annual Fellow’s Conference, as well as the institution’s annual Research Day.


Fellowship Program Schedule


Pediatric Hospitalist 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. Clinical Informatics
  2. Medical Education / Curriculum Development
  3. Care Coordination / Case Management
  4. Patient Safety / Medical Errors / Hand-off
  5. Sedation / Pain Management
  6. Global Health
  7. Administration

The chosen focus area will dictate:

  1. Research project topic
  2. QI project
  3. 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.
  • Institutional Fellows Research Mini-course
  • Nicklaus CME series: Attend weekly Grand Rounds and Radiology conferences.
  • Hospitalist Division Lectures: Present in the Division’s Journal Club, Root-Cause analysis, and Morbidity and Mortality meetings. Attend faculty led lectures with a focus on the business of medicine, caring for complex care patients, difficult conversations and more.
  • Web-based modules on practice management - (IPM) Introduction to the Practice of Medicine Modules from the AMA
  • IHI QI training
  • Simulation Sessions and Procedure Rotation
  • Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Course


Additional Requirements

Each fellow will also be required to participate in the following:

  • Serve on two Hospital committees ( Evidence Based Council and one chosen committee based on the fellow’s focus area)
  • Attend the annual PHM Conference, the PHM annual Fellow’s Conference, as well as the institution’s Research Day
  • Completion of one QI cycle per academic year
  • Completion of a Research Project based on their focus area at the end of training


Salary and Benefits

Fellows' salary and benefits will be commensurate with the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Medical Education salary and benefits provided to fellows for their respective training year.

Benefits offered at Nicklaus Children's Hospital include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Competitive salaries (Vary according to the postgraduate level)
  • Subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice insurance
  • Four weeks paid vacation (family leave is also available)
  • Educational stipends dispersed each year of training
  • Paid American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) membership with yearly Hospitalist PREP subscription
  • Paid American Medical Association (AMA) Membership
  • Sponsorship of research and poster presentations at national conferences
  • Free parking
  • Free scrubs and white coats
  • Meal allowances
  • On-site employee gym, health incentives, and exercise classes 
  • On- site banking and car wash services


Eligible Candidates

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Program is a two-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 the first week of July of every academic year.


How to Apply

Our institution requires applicants to submit the Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Common Application Form, which can also be found on the phmfellows.org website. 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, 2018 for the 2019 appointment year. Once applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an on-campus interview.

All Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowships participate in the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match, which opens on September 26, 2018 and closes on November 28, 2019. Match Day is scheduled for December 12, 2018. Additional information can be found at http://www.nrmp.org/fellowships/pediatrics-specialties-fall-match.