Career Planning and Development
Career planning is an ongoing part of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Career development within the institution is fostered by the Fellows' College that includes social support and topics such as job search, liability, contract negotiation, academic versus private practice, etc.
The Adolescent Medicine fellows have research, clinical and professional mentors, in addition to the fellowship directors to guide professional development.
Stipends and Benefits
Information about stipends and benefits is available on the Graduate Medical Education website.
Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our fellows have access to a number of programs to support their well-being
Resources available to trainees include:
- Office space
- Annual book fund
- Funding the annual Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine meeting
- Existing databases, e.g. eating disorders, school of public health data available
- Multidisciplinary Faculty in the Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine division, including dietitians, psychologists and researchers as well as close collaboration with psychology practicum students and Sports Medicine fellows.
- Collaboration with other divisions at the nation’s largest children’s hospital
- Fellows' College for all Department of Pediatric Fellows to foster academic career development
Each fellow does an average of 17 weeks of call per year. Responsibilities of the on-call fellow include:
- Rounding on the inpatient service
- Triaging urgent referrals to the service
- Fielding calls from outside providers
- Consulting on inpatients as requested by other services
- Call is always from home and, occasionally, fellows have to come back in at night. First call is handled by a resident with fellows and attending backup.
Fellows have a number of opportunities to participate in advocacy initiatives at the community and state levels. A few examples of opportunities our fellows have participated in are:
- Doctors for Change: (A group of Houston physicians who host community seminars and other volunteer opportunities to address access to care, mental health, anti-human trafficking, and access to a healthy lifestyle
- The Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Adolescence and Sports Medicine: The Texas Pediatric Society is the largest AAP chapter in the country, and the Adolescence and Sports Medicine committee is very active, with many opportunities to participate in legislative advocacy and physician education at the state level.
- Gender Infinity: A yearly conference for both healthcare providers and community members addressing medical and social issues for the gender diverse community in Houston. Multiple Adolescent fellows have served on the conference’s executive committee.