Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

In 1957, Children's National established a separate ward for the inpatient care of adolescents. The program was expanded to outpatient care in 1960 when a full-time chief was appointed. The Section of Adolescent Medicine developed this training program in 1964, including inpatient, outpatient, and rotation components.

Adolescent Health Center (AHC) - Outpatient Care and Training

Patients 12 through 21 years of age with primary and consultative medical needs are seen from 8:30 am to 4 pm, five days a week. Urgent care and appointment patients are seen by fellows on a rotational basis. The Burgess Clinic, a special clinic for HIV infected or at-risk youth, is also part of the ambulatory experience. All fellows develop a panel of continuity patients.

Educational groups, focusing on prevention, include Reproductive Health, Sexuality Education, TNT, Boys and Girls Clubs (ages 11 to 14). In addition, Asthma Care instructions are provided by the nursing staff. All groups focus on prevention.

Inpatient Service

Inpatient Service

The inpatient unit has a high inpatient bed occupancy rate and is acknowledged as the leading source of inpatient care for adolescents in the metropolitan Washington area. Fellows provide supervised consultations to hospitalized adolescents and assist the adolescent medicine attending with selected admissions (eating disorders, gyn disorders, HIV)

Rotations

Rotations

Mandatory rotations include College Health, Sports Medicine, Gynecology, Dermatology, and Outpatient Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Program, and a Substance Abuse observership.

Research

Research

Every fellow is expected to actively design, conduct, evaluate and prepare for presentation/publication a clinical or public health scholarly project in the area of Adolescent Medicine. Moreover, they are encouraged and financially supported to be participants and presenters at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health Medicine (SAHM).

A certificate or Master’s Degree in Clinical Translational Research, Education or Public Health through GW is a valued opportunity within our program to develop the Scholarly Activity requirement.

Education

Education

The first year of training: Fellows are trained in providing primary care and the essential aspects of secondary and tertiary care and learn how to work with a multidisciplinary team. They receive assistance towards the development of a scholarly project and supervision of their teaching activities. Fellows are encouraged to enroll in a Masters level Public Health, Business or Education Program at The George Washington University or similar institution. Upon recommendation of the department chairman and training program director, fellows can become non-tenured faculty members of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the rank of instructor.

The second year of training: Fellows progress to more in-depth assignments; this includes teaching duties, selected rotations, complex consultations and demonstration of the research skills needed to present a project for IRB approval.

The third year of training: Fellows in the third year complete their scholarly or research project, and often their MPH requirements. Third year Fellows also participate in administrative duties (scheduling organizing teaching conferences and performance improvement). In brief, this year is devoted to master the skills needed for advanced level clinical consultation, teaching, research and administrative capability, in preparation for an academic career. At graduation, trainees function independently and are ready for a junior faculty level.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Prerequisites
Prerequisite to entry includes satisfactory completion of an ACGME accredited pediatric, family practice or internal medicine residency.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service. Choose the link for Fellowship Applicants and follow instructions on how to upload and submit your supported documents.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Lawrence D’Angelo, MD, MPH is the Division Chairman and reviews all administrative issues research and publications, the functioning of the Adolescent Health Center, the Consult Service for the Adolescent Inpatient Unit,. He is also Director of the Burgess clinic for HIV+ and high risk youth.

Tomas Silber, MD, MASS is the Director of the Fellowship Program, and reviews issues relating to training. He also offers counseling on how work with teenagers may affect a Fellow's own personal development. The Program Director is responsible for monitoring Fellows for signs of stress and fatigue, including mental or emotional conditions inhibiting performance or learning. Dr. Silber is also in charge of the Eating Disorder rotation and the Pediatric Ethics Program.

Brooke Rosman Bokor, MD, MPH is the Associate Fellowship Program Director and Medical Education Director for trainees at the Adolescent Health Center.

Kathy Woodward, MD is the Medical Director of the Adolescent Health Center and also supervises Fellows in the areas of community pediatrics and adolescent gynecology/reproductive health.

Lisa Tuchman, MD, MPH is preceptor at the Adolescent Health Center and attending on the Inpatient Unit.

Darlene Atkins, PhD is the Psychology Faculty teaching the mental health curriculum and is Director of the Eating Disorder Program.

Isabel Goldenberg, MD is the Chief of the Student Health Program.

Nailah Coleman, MD is in charge of the Sports Medicine Program.

Angela Ellis is the Senior Administrative Assist for the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and serves as the Coordinator of the Fellowship Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

Q. What rotations are offered?

Mandatory residents include College Health, Eating Disorders Program, Sports Medicine, Gynecology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, and Substance Abuse. Many other electives are available based on the Fellow’s interests.

Q. Do you have a multi-disciplinary component?

Yes. The Burgess Program for HIV+ and high risk youth has case managers, social workers, nutritionist, psychologist, counselors and health educators.

Q.  What is the length of your program?

  • 3 years for pediatric residency graduates
  • 2 years for internal medicine and family medicine graduates

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