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

Dr. Lisa Tuchman is the Division Chair and Director of Research. She reviews all administrative issues, research and publications, the function of the Adolescent Health Center, and the Consult Service for the Adolescent Inpatient Unit. As the Director of Research, she oversees fellows in their research pursuits as Scholarly Oversight Committee Chair. She precepts at the Adolescent Health Center (AHC) and is an attending on the inpatient unit. She is a co-chair of the CNHS Reproductive Health Special Interest Group. 

Dr. Brooke Bokor is the Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program, and oversees all training issues and curriculum changes. The Program Director is responsible for monitoring fellows for signs of stress and fatigue, including mental or emotional conditions inhibiting performance or learning, as well as guiding fellows’ scholarly pursuits and individual learning plans. Dr. Bokor is a preceptor at the Adolescent Health Center, and an attending on the inpatient unit. She is in charge of AHC QI projects and serves as Director of Medical Education for residents and students. 

Dr. Lawrence D’Angelo is Director of the Burgess Clinic for HIV+ and high-risk youth, and the LGBT Youth Pride Clinic. He is a preceptor at the AHC and an attending on the inpatient unit. He is also the former Division Chief.

Dr. Kathy Woodward is a preceptor for the Adolescent Health Center and an attending on the inpatient unit. She also supervises fellows in the areas of community pediatrics and adolescent gynecology/reproductive health. She co-leads our DC school-based health centers. 

Dr. Jean Someshwar is the Director of Maryland School-Based Health, as well as a provider for the Eating Disorders program, a preceptor at the AHC and an attending on the inpatient unit. 

Dr. Sharyn Malcolm is a preceptor at the AHC and an attending on the Inpatient Unit. 

Dr. Tomas Silber is the Medical Director of the Eating Disorder rotation and the Pediatric Ethics Program. He is also the former Fellowship Director. 

Darlene Atkins, Ph.D., is the Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Friendship Heights and administrates the psychology curriculum within ThAP. 

Dr. Isabel Goldenberg is the Chief of the College Health rotation at George Washington University. 

Dr. Nailah Coleman supervises the AHC Athlete’s Clinic, as well as part of the Sports Medicine rotation. 

Donna Marschall, Ph.D., supervises the Mental Health in Primary Care Program at AHC and elements of the mental health rotations. 

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?

Suggested rotations include Gynecology, Dermatology, College Health, School-Based Health, Sports Medicine and Mental Health Experiences, which include Outpatient Psychiatry, Multi-Disciplinary Eating Disorders Clinic and Substance Abuse. Suggested rotations are scheduled instead of clinical time for up to 40 half-day sessions per year, without use of administrative/research time. Rotations may be tailored to the fellow’s needs and interests. If additional rotation opportunities are sought in excess of the allotted time, fellows may use their research time, e.g., with Child-Adolescent Protection Services, Generations Teen-Tot program and many other Children's National divisions. One two-week block of subspecialty experience may be scheduled in the second or third year to accommodate the fellow’s career needs.

Q. Do you have a multi-disciplinary component?

Yes. The Burgess Program for HIV+ and high-risk youth and the Youth Pride Clinic for LGBTQ youth are supported with case management, social work, nutrition, psychology, counseling and health educator services. In addition, physicians and nurse practitioners in the Adolescent Health Center are co-located with nutrition, social work, psychology, sports medicine, and complex care management providers.

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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