We seek to train pediatric hospitalists for leadership roles in academic environments and generate new knowledge in the discipline. The Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine is a two-year program that focuses on clinical experience, academic teaching, research and administrative skills.
Clinical training takes place primarily at Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest freestanding children’s hospital in the United States. A top pediatric hospital, Texas Children’s has garnered a reputation for excellence in clinical care. Baylor, with more than $300 million in research dollars, is considered one of the nation’s top medical schools. Clinical experience focuses on inpatient acute care as part of the inpatient hospitalist program that currently treats more than 3,000 patients annually. Elective experiences in over 40 pediatric subspecialties are offered.
Academics and teaching are integral parts of the program. The pediatric hospitalists are members of the core teaching staff for Baylor students and residents. The fellow is involved in daily teaching activities and in the preparation of formal lectures for medical students and residents and participates in our division's monthly journal club, inpatient case reviews, and morbidity and mortality conferences.
Scholarly activity is expected and supported during this fellowship. The formal two-year curriculum integrates principles of evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, quality, medical manuscript writing and scientific presentation. A hypothesis driven project is developed under the guidance of an academic and research mentor.
Fellows receive training in administration with a goal that s/he will be able to lead within, or independently develop a hospitalist program upon completion of this two-year training. Trainees develop a familiarity with patient safety and risk management, participate actively in administrative committees, engage in community advocacy, participate in quality improvement projects and gain knowledge in billing and accreditation processes.