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Clinical experience focuses on inpatient care provided at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana’s only quaternary care children’s hospital. Additional clinical time is spent at affiliated community hospitals: IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North Hospital and IU Health West Hospital. The hospitalist program currently provides inpatient care for more than 8,000 patients each year, ensuring that fellows are exposed to a wide range of clinical patient care issues. Trainees develop skills in pediatric critical care, pediatric emergency medicine, procedural sedation, toxicology, the care of medically complex children, surgical service co-management, child protection, and other topics that may be addressed through elective choices based on interest.
One of the goals of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship is to foster commitment to education. Fellows are trained in adult learning theory and curriculum development and are involved in daily teaching activities. They are expected to assist with creation of formal didactics and the ongoing development of the inpatient curriculum for residents and medical students.
Fellows are trained in leadership and administration by direct mentorship from faculty. Through participation on administrative committees, fellows gain an understanding and appreciation for the hospitalist role in administrative leadership and receive real-world experience in coding, billing, patient safety, quality improvement and hospital administration.
Scholarly activity is expected and encouraged during the fellowship. Fellows are trained in the principles of evidence-based medicine and utilization of research to improve quality of patient care. Fellows are expected to conceive, develop and complete a scholarly project that contributes to the growing field of pediatric hospital medicine. Work on the project expands fellows’ skills, enriches their training experience and ultimately enhances their career.
Fellows interested in research-focused careers may apply for an extended three-year fellowship track and work closely with the Children’s Health Services Research Center for more formal research training.