Adolescent Medicine

Application Deadline

rolling

Program Start Date

July 15

Length of Program

3 years

Number of Positions Available

1

The Section of Adolescent Medicine in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital sponsors an ACGME-accredited fellowship program designed to prepare young physicians for careers as leaders in the field of academic adolescent health care.

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship is based primarily at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, one of the top-ranked children's hospitals in the nation. Fellows also participate in clinical and academic activities at our affiliated institutions: the NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. The fellowship accepts one new fellow each year; candidates must have completed a residency in pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, internal medicine, or family medicine.

Curriculum

First Year

The first year of fellowship focuses primarily on clinical training, although quality improvement initiatives, teaching, and the development of a research project are also critical to this year. Adolescent medicine fellows usually spend three sessions each week providing primary ambulatory care in the general adolescent practice, where they see their own patients under faculty supervision. Over the year, they also spend time at a young men's clinic, a clinic for HIV infected youth, a faculty practice in midtown Manhattan and on a  psychiatry inpatient consult service. At the end of the year, they spend a month at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center campus where they see patients in various adolescent health settings and help with the teaching of trainees. Additionally, for 16 weeks, under the supervision of an attending physician, fellows provide consultative care for adolescent patients admitted to the hospital. Educational conferences include the following: weekly core adolescent medicine lectures/meetings, bi-weekly research meetings (in conjunction with the Primary Care/Academic Medicine Fellowship), weekly pediatric grand rounds, and chief-of-service rounds. During their first year, fellows are also expected to meet with research faculty, choose a research mentor, and develop a well-defined research question.

Second Year

The second year of training is devoted to acquiring research skills and strengthening teaching and clinical skills. At least half of the fellows' time is protected for research and conference activities. In addition to continuing to provide three sessions weekly of general adolescent ambulatory care, fellows gain expertise in managing patients with eating disorders during a one-month rotation with the New York Psychiatric Institute's Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment Unit. They also rotate through school-based health clinic settings and consult on the pediatric inpatient service for 16 weeks. Fellows also spend time at a family medicine practice associated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where they learn how to insert long-acting, reversible contraceptives. Fellows continue to be active participants in clinical and research conferences, leading discussions about journal articles and presenting their research work at conferences.

Third Year

The third year of training is dedicated to advancing research, scholarship, teaching, administrative, and clinical skills. Adolescent medicine fellows are given two outpatient clinical continuity sessions per week where they continue to care for their own patient panel. They are also given increasing responsibility for precepting residents and medical students during this year, often  functioning as co-attending physicians. During this year, they also rotate through a college health program, and again provide 16 weeks of inpatient adolescent medicine consult service. Between 50-70 percent of their time is protected for research and scholarly endeavors. Third-year fellows are expected to take a leadership role in administrative work, education, conferences, and program development. By the end of their third year, fellows are expected to have completed their scholarly project and are encouraged to submit at least one paper reporting their findings to an established medical journal.

Benefits

Residents are employees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliated with Columbia University Irving Medical Center. With these affiliations come many benefits!

How to Apply

Applications to our fellowship are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Materials are accepted starting in July for fellowship positions beginning the following year. Those who wish to apply must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Internal Medicine, or American Board of Family Medicine, depending on their primary specially. Please note that a completed application includes:

  • Completed ERAS forms
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the applicant's department chairman or residency director
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Additional information, such as USMLE transcript and photo, are recommended

Acceptances to the fellowship are made through the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please refer to the NRMP website for details about the match submission deadline.

Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are equal opportunity employers; applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Please note that Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H1B visa trainees.

Faculty

Contact

Martha Bolivar
Fellowship Administrator
212-305-7159
mb1451@cumc.columbia.edu

Current Fellows

  • Alexis Guzman, MD

    UC Irvine School of Medicine, Residency, 2014-2017
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, MD, 2014
    University of Wisconsin, BA, 2010

     

    portrait of Dr. Alexis Guzman
  • Samuel Master, DO

    Crozer Chester Medical Center, Residency, 2015-2018
    Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2015
    Rutgers University, BA, 2010

     

     

    portrait of Dr. Sam Master
  • Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, MD, PhD

    Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Residency, 2015-2018
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, MD, PhD, 2015
    Xavier University of Louisiana, BS, 2006