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Pediatrics - Adolescent and Sports Medicine

Houston, Texas

BCM pediatricians care for children in various clinical and hospital environments.
Pediatric Adolescent & Sports Medicine
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Training and Education

LEAH Faculty and Staff

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health is a specialized leadership training program in adolescent health care. Training focuses on an interdisciplinary team approach, as members of the team include faculty and fellows in medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, and social work. LEAH is federally funded through a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau under Title V. BCM is one of seven sites in the United States funded to train future leaders in Adolescent Medicine. The BCM LEAH program has been in existence since 1997.

Training is comprised of four core areas:

  • Clinical service
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advocacy

Clinical problems which are complex and varied and include:

  • Eating disorders and obesity
  • Gynecologic problems
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety

Care is provided at Texas Children’s Hospital and in community-based sites including Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth, and the school-based clinic at Lee High School.

Electives include:

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Primary Sports Care Medicine Fellowship is a one-year fellowship. To be eligible, fellows must be trained in pediatrics or medicine and pediatrics.

Clinical experiences are gained through:

  • The Sports Medicine Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, where patients of all ages are seen by two physicians (the clinic is staffed by physical therapists during clinic time)
  • University of Houston, Division 1-A
  • Texas Southern University, Division 1-AA football (1-A all other sports)
  • Four high schools
  • A medical clinic for marathon runners

Elective experiences include training in:

  • Clinical evaluation of nutrition problems by the dietician
  • Clinic and operating room time with hand, feet and ankle sports medicine orthopedic surgeons
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical therapy
  • Anatomy lab

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Requirements

The fellowship for pediatric residency graduates is three years in order to be eligible for board certification in Adolescent Medicine. Clinical time for three-year medical fellows is approximately 60 percent during the first year, 30 percent during the second year, and 40 percent during the third year, as per the American Board of Pediatrics guidelines. A Master’s Degree in public health clinical research or in Education are encouraged and financially supported during the Adolescent Medicine fellowship.

For Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residency graduates, two years are required to be board eligible in Adolescent Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Pediatric Fellowship Application (doc)

Fax to: Donna Ruddell
Baylor College of Medicine
Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine Section
832-825-3689 (fax)

Resident and Medical Student Rotations

Residents and medical students may rotate on a monthly basis with an average of five rotators per month.

For Residents:

Rotations for residents are handled through the House Staff Office.

For BCM Medical Students:

Fill out an application in the Student Affairs Office.

Contact information:
Lisa Chebret
Office of Student Affairs

Indicate when you would like to take the elective and choose between Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Fax the application to:
Donna Ruddell
Texas Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics
Adolescent and Sports Medicine Section

Visiting Students

Contact information:
Donna Moore
Office of Student Affairs

Fax the application to:
Donna Ruddell

Visiting Residents Contact information:

You must contact Donna Ruddell for approval at or 832-822-3658.

Once you are approved, contact the BCM Graduate Medical Office.