Pediatric Medicine

The Jersey Shore University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics Inpatient Fellowship is designed to prepare the trainee for an academic career in hospital pediatrics. This fellowship is structured as a mentored junior attending opportunity, providing the benefits of autonomous practice experience while being fully supported by a group of dedicated pediatric hospitalists.

The fellow will train in non-clinical activities such as research, quality improvement and teaching and in clinical work. Research/QI and clinical time will include learning as well as teaching and supervising junior trainees (residents and medical students). The fellow will be assigned a “Career Mentor” and a “Research Mentor”. The “Career Mentor” will meet with the fellow and follow their career development, including their leadership and teaching skills. A “Research Mentor” includes a faculty member and our Pediatric Research or QI Director, who have expertise in the fellow’s focus area of interest.

The fellow will function as a junior faculty member, participate and assist with journal clubs as well as residents’ morning reports, didactic lectures, simulation exercises and mock codes. The fellow will also provide inpatient coverage when the residents are in their Thursday afternoon lectures, i.e. “Resident School”. The fellow is expected to participate in research at Meridian Research Day as well as at any additional local and national conferences, both as a presenter and attendee. The fellow will have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students in the context of clinical work (inpatient) as well as didactic lectures. The fellow will also be required to deliver one Grand Round in latter part of the fellowship.

Currently, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) does not provide any accreditation for this type of fellowship, as there is no specific certification through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). However, our program is developing this fellowship with the assistance of our hospitalists and faculty, based on core competencies published in pediatric hospitalist literature and with the understanding that there is currently a petition filed with the ABMS for subspecialty status.

Additional responsibilities may include:

Academic:

  • Apply for academic appointment at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Attend General Division meetings, GMEC, REC, CCC, Residency QI meetings, Chief Forums, PCORE/AAP meetings, as instructed
  • Attend national hospitalist meetings or hospitalist sections of other meetings (NCE, PAS, etc.)
  • Participate as an observer for Observed Structured Clinical Encounters (OSCEs)
  • Work with our simulation team in developing/running simulation exercises and mock codes
  • Participate in the interview and selection process for the pediatric residency program
  • Develop and coordinate our M&M series
  • Development of a Hospitalist Journal Club
  • Mentor medical students during their 3rd year clerkship
  • Enroll in courses toward an advanced degree
  • For fellows interested in enhancing their knowledge in clinical research, the following options exist through affiliation with the Rutgers Graduate School of biomedical sciences.
1. Masters in Clinical and Translational research-30 credits (fellows can apply for the Dean’s scholarship program for partial reimbursement of tuition fees)


2. Certificate option – 18 credits (fellows can apply for the Dean’s scholarship program for partial reimbursement of tuition fees)

3. Individual courses designed for a clinical fellow: it is recommended to take 2 out of the following 3 courses- tuition fees will be waived for one of the course when the fellow enrolls in the 2 course program.

- Ethics and Regulations in Clinical Research

- Special Topics in Clinical Research

- Statistics in Clinical and Translational Research


Fellows may also pursue coursework toward an MPH through the Rutgers School of Public Health. Meridian health may provide some tuition reimbursement for fellows interested in pursuing advanced degree courses.

Research / Scholarly Activity:

  • Early in the year, the fellow will meet with our Director of Pediatric Research or Director of Pediatric QI and a hospitalist faculty member to develop a QI and/or research project. Fellow will be expected to enroll in the institution’s QI training course if no prior formal training has been completed.
  • The fellow should expect to present their research and/or QI as a poster presentation at a local and/or national research meeting. Motivated fellows will be mentored through preparing their research for publication.

Administrative

  • Assist with functioning of the program/assist our hospitalists, chief residents, and residency coordinator:
  • Morning Report – help pre-select cases and invite faculty, monitor attendance
  • Lead select Board Reviews
  • Evaluate resident “sign-outs”

Clinical:

  • Apply and obtain a NJ license\
  • Apply for credentialing/clinical admitting privileges at JSUMC (for 2 year fellows)
  • Function as an Inpatient Junior Attending on our General Pediatric Inpatient Unit, including back-up for Ward Attending (as needed)
  • Inpatient coverage during resident lectures
  • Provide assistance/oversight for the Admitting Resident
  • Provide remediation assistance for residents on the inpatient unit
  • Work with ICU team to obtain sedation credentialing
  • Work with ICU and ER teams to obtain competence in stabilizing critically ill children
  •  Work in clinic and ER to obtain exposure to outpatient pediatrics
  • Nursery Junior Attending – oversee resident physicians and medical students in the care of well newborns. Opportunities to attend deliveries and stabilize newborns based on fellow’s long-term goals
  • Maintain procedure log to document core skills for pediatric hospital medicine

Additional optional opportunities include:

1. Paid moonlighting opportunities in the NICU

2. Global Health Curriculum: Fellow can attend conferences on global health and travel to Haiti for international healthcare experience

3. Additional clinical work in specialized clinical services relevant to fellow’s long-term goals (e.g. Child Abuse, Palliative Care, Attendance of newborn delivery)

For more information on the program, please feel free to contact: jpinto@meridianhealth.com or snaganathan@meridianhealth.com