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General Academic Pediatric Fellowship

The Children's National Health System General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship trains community-based general academic primary care pediatricians who will be experts addressing the health care needs of underserved communities by serving as a bridge between the community and academic organizations. The program is structured over three years to allow adequate time for mastery of the skills necessary for completion of a scholarly project. Fellows will work closely with members of the General Pediatrics Division and the Children's Research Institute, national leaders in the fields of general academic pediatrics and medical education. Fellows participate in a combination of clinical duties at a community-based primary care practice site, structured educational activities, research activities, an advocacy preceptorship and a clinical administration preceptorship.

Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Graduate Certificate or Master of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Additional offerings include a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research, Graduate Certificate in Medical Education or a Master of Public Health.



Over the course of the program, the fellow is expected to formulate a research question relevant to addressing the needs of underserved patients and communities, design and implement a research study, and analyze the results. The fellow is expected to present the findings at a regional or national meeting and submit them for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Research fundamentals will be taught at the monthly fellows’ conference. More advanced information and skills are attained through completion of graduate coursework.




Clinical training occurs primarily at one of the five community-based primary care Children’s Health Centers. Each site has earned the designation of a Patient Centered Medical Home. Fellows will have 40% clinical times and will participate in all aspects of the clinical care team including on-call, attendance at clinic site staff meetings and quality improvement activities. Additional clinical training in the care of medically complex, obesity management, adolescent teen-tot care management and quality improvement are also available.


The academic program consists of community –based clinical care, formal educational sessions, peer and senior mentorship, division and hospital-wide conferences, and faculty development seminars. Fellows attend a bi-monthly seminar series with fellows from other divisions, which focus on medical education, research skills, quality improvement and leadership. This series is taught by faculty members within and outside of the division, many of whom have completed the Master Teacher Program in medical education. General Pediatrics Division conferences occur on a monthly basis, and consist of research, quality improvement and general pediatric topic discussions. Fellows are expected to contribute to division conferences and play a major teaching role in the clinical setting. On a regular basis, faculty members observe the fellow's teaching activities and provide feedback.


Fellows will complete a Clinical Administration Preceptorship during Year 2 of training working with the inter-professional health center team which includes nursing leadership, clinic managers, as well as physicians. Fellows will be expected to acquire observational knowledge of leadership of a community health center including but not limited to strategic planning, management, finance and negotiation. Participation in a performance improvement initiative within the General Pediatrics Division will facilitate exposure to such topics as risk management, safety, quality, and infection control. Fellows will also learn about effective leadership, management, coding and billing, and budgeting.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants must be successful graduates of an ACGME-approved pediatric residency program. The application consists of a CV, two letters of reference, and a one-page personal statement detailing your reasons for wanting to pursue the training program. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, with interviews granted starting September 15th.

At this time, we cannot accept applications from those who are training in the United States on J1 or J2 Visas.

Key Contact:

Cara Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Children's National Medical Center
George Washington University School of Medicine
111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Office: 202-476-3948
Fax: 202-476-3386

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Cara Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
Program Director

Terry Kind, MD, MPH
Fellowship Education Co-Director Development

Cara Lichtenstein, MD
Fellowship Education Co-Director

Peter Scheidt, MD, MPH
Senior Program Advisor and Director of Grants Advancement Program

Lee Beers, MD
Child Health Advocacy Advisor

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