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Pediatrics Hospitalist

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by Pembleton, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Pembleton

    Pembleton Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2002
    I noticed that Children's in DC has a Peds Hospitalist fellowship option. In the future, will it be the norm to obtain a fellowship in this field?
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  3. oldbearprofessor

    oldbearprofessor Administrator Rocket Scientist Physician Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    There is an SDN member who is working as a hospitalist so we can see if she sees this and posts.

    I was talking with someone here the other day who is planning on doing a 2 year fellowship as a hospitalist at our place. They said that there is no certifying board yet, but that it was expected in the future. It'll be interesting to see if this happens and if so, if it becomes a 3 yr research requiring field. I'd guess not.

    Like many such areas, I expect that in the future some type of fellowship will be the norm or at least would open up the most job opportunities. I would think that there would be a long period of time when lots of good jobs for those wishing to do this would be available without the fellowship though.
  4. Pembleton

    Pembleton Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2002
    Thanks for the answer. All this education is going to kill me! :)

    From my tired M2 perspective, it just seems like the fellowship option is just another hoop you're forced to jump through.
  5. notstudying

    notstudying Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2002
    As of now there are only 4 (ish) pediatric hospitalist fellowships (and no standardizationof curriculum), so it will be quite a while before there's any certifying exam. Right now there's a pretty good demand for hospitalists, most of whom come straight from residency, and anyone who starts now will be grandfathered in and not required to do fellowship (much as PICU and peds ED were in the beginning). That said, people who are interested in either research careers, or academic leadership in peds hospitalist medicine should think about doing some kind of fellowship training. The current hospitalist fellowships have a strong academic and administrative focus. There is no official hospitalist fellowship at my institution (yet!), so I'm doing an academic general peds fellowship and we are developing a hospitalist "track".

    It's an interesting issue OBP brings up about it being a 3 year research fellowship- I have heard that the ABP is transitioning toward requiring ALL peds fellowships to be 3 years and have a research componenent! I'm not sure that will help much with the current shortage of pediatric subspecialists :rolleyes: !

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