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Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

The IU School of Medicine Adolescent Medicine Fellowship program prepares physicians for leadership positions in academic medicine and public health. The program is open to pediatricians, internists and family medicine physicians and includes comprehensive training in tertiary and primary care adolescent medicine, research methods and quality improvement, and professional development.

Interdisciplinary Environment

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship offers a rigorous interdisciplinary training experience. Fellows work closely with faculty and other trainees in diverse fields, including nursing, social work, psychology, public health, sociology and nutrition, through a graduate seminar in adolescent health, research projects and clinical programs.

Subspecialty Clinical Training

Subspecialty training takes place at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis), one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States, and its northern satellite clinic at Meridian Crossing. While on-service, fellows lead a small inpatient service and provide consultations in adolescent medicine and gynecology. Subspecialty outpatient experiences include an adolescent medicine consult clinic, gynecology and sexual health clinics focused on care of medically complex adolescents, the Charis Center for Eating Disorders, and a Gender Health clinic.

Primary Care and Electives

Fellows learn adolescent primary care and population health through a system of community-based adolescent clinics, the Eskenazi Health Teen Care Program. Fellows work side-by-side with a faculty member caring for complex and at-risk teens in a primary care setting and complete additional required rotations in the Bellflower STD Clinic, school-based services and sports medicine. Fellows also have the opportunity to plan electives based upon their interests and career goals, including an international health elective.

Core Curriculum and Master’s Degree

The core curriculum provides didactic instruction in adolescent medicine, consistent with American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. The graduate seminar in adolescent health is a multidisciplinary program that meets for three hours weekly and includes presentations by topic experts, journal club, research-in-progress, case-based discussions, research methods and leadership training. Clinical and community leadership experiences permit the application of new skills in public health, policy and advocacy and present an opportunity to interact with disciplines and agencies important for the comprehensive care of youth. A department-wide fellows’ workshop covers common pediatric specialty program requirements while allowing fellows an opportunity to get to know other pediatric specialty fellows. Adolescent medicine fellows are expected to complete coursework toward a master’s degree in clinical research or public health.

Research

Research training is an integral part of this fellowship and may be in clinical research, basic science, community-based research or quality improvement. Fellows’ research training activities include: 1) formal coursework in biostatistics, research design, research methods and ethics as part of a Master’s degree; 2) advanced research topics through the Graduate Seminar in Adolescent Health; and 3) completion of a mentored research project.

Fellows’ projects may be part of a faculty member’s research or may be an independent project developed in conjunction with faculty. The Division of Adolescent Medicine at IU School of Medicine is committed to providing sufficient time, support and guidance to allow for completion of meaningful work.  IU School of Medicine has several T32 training opportunities for fellows interested in more intensive research-focused fellowships.