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Pediatrics Fellowship Training

The Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine offers 17 fellowship programs across the range of American Board of Pediatrics subspecialties. Each program is designed to help pediatricians develop academic leadership roles in their respective field and develop expert clinical, teaching and research skills. Pediatrics fellowship programs offer a high faculty-to-fellow ratio, a collegial atmosphere, and an emphasis on inquiry and scholarship. Personalized scholarship oversight committees and supportive mentorship from faculty physicians help fellows capitalize on their own professional development. Departmental fellowship seminars promote cross-specialty education and peer networking.

Unique to IU School of Medicine is the Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program created to identify and support pediatric residents and fellows who want to develop careers as pediatric researchers, physician-scientists and future academic leaders. The Department of Pediatrics also has an NIH K12 grant, the Physician Scientist Award Program.

Clinical Training

Fellows do the majority of their clinical training at the top-rated Riley Hospital for Children under the guidance of Department of Pediatrics faculty. Riley Hospital is the only comprehensive-care pediatric hospital in Indiana, resulting in a high clinical volume and exposure to complex medical cases. Some pediatric fellowship programs also train out of other clinical partner sites in Indianapolis.

Research

Each pediatrics fellowship program sets its own expectations related to research, but numerous opportunities exist on the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus and within the Department of Pediatrics, a nationally recognized leader for basic, clinical, translational and health-services research. Fellows with a strong interest in research have the opportunity to simultaneously complete a MS degree in Clinical Research or a MS degree in Translational Science through the IU School of Medicine’s Graduate Division.

Among the core missions of the internationally recognized Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is educating the next generation of basic and translational scientists. Faculty mentor medical students and young physicians in grant writing, research planning, manuscript writing and presentation delivery.

Pediatrics Fellowship Programs

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship is a three-year program at IU School of Medicine open to pediatricians, internists and family medicine physicians. The program has a long history of interdisciplinary training in adolescent health and is known as a national leader in training, research and clinical programs. Core faculty represent multiple disciplines and specialties, including pediatrics, internal medicine, clinical psychology, social work, nutrition, nursing, health behavior and sociology.

The Allergy/ Immunology Fellowship Program at IU School of Medicine is a two-year program that educates young physicians in the expert care and management of allergy and immunology for children and adults. The fellowship training provides a wide range of clinical and research experiences to prepare fellows for academic careers as a clinician, educator or physician scientist. Fellows rotate through clinics in Indianapolis, Carmel and Lafayette, Indiana. Current research includes projects in peanut allergy; airway microbiome in relation to airway inflammation; and local pollen changes. The program is based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and offered bythe IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine.

The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship is a three-year program that offers extensive clinical pediatric specialty training in child abuse pediatrics at the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Indiana. Fellows gain background knowledge in child abuse, child protection advocacy, and clinical and research experience in caring for abused and potentially abused children. Fellows also have opportunities to work closely with a wide variety of subspecialists and community partners through the IU School of Medicine Child Protection Program, which provides consultation services to children, families and professionals involved with child maltreatment. Electives in toxicology and forensic pathology are recommended.

The Indiana Children’s Health Services Research Fellowship is a two-year program committed to training high-quality clinical investigators dedicated to improving child health. The fellowship leverages long-standing, exemplary programs in health services research and medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care at IU School of Medicine to create a training environment for preparing leaders in children’s health services research. Fellows are required to maintain an outpatient clinic one day per week that reflects their career objectives, attend and present at weekly sessions of the Indiana Children’s Health Services Research Group, and complete a number of research projects that explore issues of quality, safety and equity in pediatric health care.

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics offers an exciting opportunity for post-doctoral training in either Neurodevelopmental Disabilities or Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. The Division Chief serves as the Program Director for both the residency and the fellowship. Faculty pediatricians in this specialty area collaborate with the Riley Child Development Center, the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology, and other Riley Children’s Hospital subspecialists to create a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to patient care and the overall learning experience.

The three-year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at IU School of Medicine offers trainees a well-rounded curriculum, balancing time between clinical experiences, teaching opportunities and academic activities. Fellows care for newborns with a wide-spectrum of neonatal disorders, which offers excellent opportunities for learning from both patients and their families.  Fellows that graduate from this program are trained to manage any neonatal problem.

Fellows in the three-year Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine experience extensive clinical exposure to a broad spectrum of congenital and acquired heart defects and cardiac arrhythmias and also engage in active clinical or basic research. Clinical training includes echocardiography and cardiac MRI, cardiac catheterization and intervention, electrophysiology, cardiac intensive care, fetal cardiology, heart failure/transplant, cardiac genetics and general cardiac inpatient and outpatient care. A flexible training curriculum allows each fellow to tailor his/her schedule to meet career goals of academic medicine, private practice or research. A robust conference and lecture series rounds out training opportunities for pediatric cardiology fellows.

One of the primary missions of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is to train the next generation of academically minded pediatricians who will help care for children with the most complex and critical conditions. Riley Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Indiana that offers the full complement of pediatric subspecialty care. This exposes fellows to a variety of critical illnesses, including children with complex cardiac disorders, neurologic/neurosurgical conditions, multisystem trauma, respiratory failure and multi-organ system failure. Therapeutic resources for care include ECMO, HFOV, inhaled nitric-oxide, CRRT and plasma-exchange therapies. During the three-year program, fellows are also expected to conceive an original research hypothesis that can be presented and published. Graduates of the program are eligible for Pediatric Critical Care board certification. Fellows who complete the Critical Care Fellowship then have the option of following the program with a Cardiac Critical Care fellowship.

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program for graduates of pediatrics or emergency medicine residencies. It offers fellows a challenging and diverse training experience, based at multiple Level 1 trauma centers, which provide experience and skills necessary to become outstanding academic leaders in the field of pediatric emergency medicine. Fellows receive ample exposure to a spectrum of pediatric ages, complaints and procedures as they develop skills in the assessment and management of pediatric medical and surgical emergencies.

The Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology Fellowship program at IU School of Medicine is a three- or four-year program that trains both pediatric and combined medicine/pediatric endocrinologists. The program has trained more combined medicine/pediatrics endocrinologists than any other group in the country. A research intensive program, the fellowship is part of the National Institutes of Health Endocrine Scientist Training Program that prepares graduates for careers in basic science or clinical research. Research activities are completed during the second and third years of the fellowship under the supervision of a faculty mentor and while taking courses in statistics, research ethics and clinical research methods or molecular biologic techniques. The research training program differs for each fellow, depending on his or her individual needs. It is expected that some trainees will bring a wealth of prior research training with them, while others will have little previous experience.

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at IU School of Medicine was one of the first of its kind in the United States and has a well-established reputation for training strong clinicians and researchers. Faculty are committed to providing fellows with training and career development. A large and diverse practice allows trainees in the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship program to become experts in clinical care, endoscopy and other procedures used in the evaluation and medical management of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver diseases. During the three-year program, trainees experience nutrition, radiology, surgical pathology and pediatric surgery training blocks. Fellows may choose to engage in clinical, basic science, translational science or health services research; increasing research time is available in the first and second years, and most of the third year is devoted to completing a research project. Fellows have ample opportunities to present their scholarly work as well as to teach.

The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship is typically a three-year program but allows flexibility for fellows interested in additional research experience to add a year or two of training. Research opportunities in basic, clinical and translational science are abundant at IU School of Medicine through Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, IU Simon Cancer Center, Walther Oncology Center, and the departments of Medicine, Medical and Molecular Genetics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Clinical training, which is most intense during the first year, includes experience with leukemia, solid tumors, brain tumors, hematopoietic/ stem cell transplantation, general pediatric hematology, sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure syndromes, hemophilia and other coagulation disorders. Fellows train in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including time in the stem cell transplant unit. Fellows also learn about related aspects to hematology-oncology care such as radiation oncology, blood banking, hemostasis and hematopathology.

The success of any Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship hinges on the quality of clinical experiences it provides its trainees. At IU School of Medicine, fellows benefit from clinical training across a diverse spectrum of facilities and learning environments. The base of clinical training is Riley Hospital for Children, a 350-bed tertiary care academic referral center that is consistently rated as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. Additional clinical experience comes from other IU Health-affiliated hospitals focused more on general pediatrics and healthy newborn care. Along with enhancing core clinical proficiency, the two-year fellowship focuses on academic teaching, exposure to quality improvement measures and research, and the development of administrative and leadership skills. Scholarly activity is expected and encouraged.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health Fellowship is a three-year program for physicians interested in a career in academic pediatric infectious disease. This fellowship is committed to training leaders in global pediatric infectious disease research. Fellows receive outstanding training in clinical infectious disease through a busy, varied and interesting clinical service with protected time for learning. Training includes approximately one year of clinical training and two years of research.

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that provides extensive training in all areas of clinical nephrology and gives fellows the opportunity to participate in clinical or basic science research.

The Pediatric Palliative Care fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a one-year ACGME-accredited program with a dedicated pediatric track to educate providers in the holistic care principles of palliative care.

The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that trains at Riley Hospital for Children and has a strong commitment to preparing academic pediatric specialists to provide the best possible care for infants and children with lung disease. The program advances teaching and research that will promote such care in the future. Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine division faculty are training future researchers to apply their knowledge of basic, translational and clinical science to enhance the understanding of children’s respiratory disease.

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that prepares graduates for a career in patient care, research and/or education. Rheumatology clinicians care for children with suspected rheumatic disease from throughout Indiana and see a broad range of pathology—from mechanical musculoskeletal pains to the rarest pediatric vasculitis or auto-inflammatory diseases. Periodic educational conferences with pediatric musculoskeletal radiologists, renal pathologists, dermatologists and other related disciplines provide additional training, and each fellow has the opportunity to become a certified joint assessor for future clinical research. Research expectations include a quality assurance project, literature reviews, and a fellow-designed research project that leads to at least one publication-worthy manuscript.

Application Process and Requirements

Physicians interested in applying for a Pediatrics Fellowship program at IU School of Medicine should submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and include the following documents: personal statement, CV, three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty members, including one from the residency program director, United States Medical Licensing Examination transcript (or COMLEX transcript for DO applicants); and ECFMG Status Report (International Medical Graduates only).

Why Choose IU School of Medicine for Pediatric Specialty Training

Fellowship training programs offered by IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics have many unique and valuable characteristics, including

  • Statewide referral base with a large and diverse clinical volume
  • High faculty-to-fellow ratio in a collegial working environment
  • Department-supported fellowship seminars that provide cross-specialty competency and peer-group development
  • A broad range of mentors on a well-integrated medical campus in Indianapolis

In addition, special academic opportunities include programs for Masters degrees in clinical research, translational research or public health; an Academy of Scholars Program; and a global health curriculum for clinical and research initiatives.