Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship

The Children’s National Health System Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship trains academic hospitalists who will be experts in the fields of clinical medicine, education, and research. The program is structured over three years to allow adequate time for mastery of the skills necessary for independent practice not only as a clinician, but also as a clinical and quality improvement researcher.

Fellows will work closely with members of the Children’s Hospitalist Division, national leaders in the fields of quality improvement and medical education. Fellows participate in a combination of clinical rotations, structured educational seminars, research activities, performance improvement initiatives, and other administrative responsibilities. Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Graduate Certificate of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Additional offerings include a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research, Master of Science in Healthcare Quality, or a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. The program has received accreditation by the Academic Pediatric Association.

Research

Research

Over the course of the program, the fellow is expected to formulate a research question relevant to pediatric hospital medicine, 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.

Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to complete a quality improvement project during their fellowship training through longitudinal quality improvement educational curriculum that is composed of live workshops and online modules.

Education

Education

Clinical

Clinical training occurs primarily at the Sheikh Zayed Main Campus of Children’s National. On the inpatient hospitalist service, the fellow will lead a multidisciplinary team in the evidence-based evaluation and management of children with both single and complex medical problems. Additional clinical training occurs at Virginia Hospital Center, an affiliated community hospital. Here, the fellow will focus on care of the newborn, delivery room skills and management of pediatric inpatients in a community setting. The fellow will gain skills in the evaluation and management of the severely ill or injured child, airway management, pain management, and central line placement by participating in rotations through the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency department, and anesthesia. Elective clinical time is available for other rotations such as radiology, infectious disease, transport medicine, and child abuse and neglect.

Academic

The academic program consists of bedside teaching, formal educational sessions, division and hospital-wide conferences, and faculty development seminars. Fellows are required to attend an institution-wide monthly seminar focused on medical education, research skills, quality improvement and leadership. This series is geared toward subspecialty fellows at Children’s and is taught by faculty members within and outside of the division, many of whom have completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program at the George Washington University. Hospitalist Division conferences occur on a monthly basis, and consist of journal club, morbidity and mortality conference, and clinical case conference. Fellows are expected to contribute to division conferences and play a major teaching role while on the inpatient service. On a regular basis, faculty members observe the fellow’s teaching activities and provide regular feedback.

Administrative

Hospital committee membership and participation in a performance improvement initiative within the Hospitalist Division will facilitate exposure to such topics as risk management, safety, quality, and infection control. Fellows will also learn about leadership, coding and billing, and budgeting.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants must be successful graduates of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program. We use the Common Application Form, which you can download below. Please send a completed common application form and associated items electronically or by mail to Yo'Lauder Holt or Neha Shah, MD.

We will be offering two fellow positions for July 2018. Deadline for application submission is September 15, 2017. Interviews typically run from October to early-November of each year.

Download the application

We participate in the NRMP Fall Subspecialty Match.

Please take note of the following important 2017 NRMP dates:

  • September 27: Match opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • October 25: Ranking opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • November 29: Rank order list deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • December 13: Match Day at 12:00 p.m. ET

Please refer to the NRMP website for additional details and information.

Key Contacts:

Neha H. Shah, MD, MPH
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Division of Hospitalist Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave NW, Suite M4800
Washington D.C. 20010
Email: nshah@childrensnational.org

Priti Bhansali, MD, MEd
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Division of Hospitalist Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave NW, Suite M4800
Washington DC 20010
Email: pbhansal@childrensnational.org

Mrs. Yo’Lauder Holt
Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Hospitalist Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave NW, Suite M4800
Washington D.C. 20010
Phone: 202-476-5014
Fax: 202-476-3732
Email: yholt@childrensnational.org

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Year after year, the teaching faculty are applauded by the fellows for their mentorship and guidance. The core teaching faculty for the PHM fellowship are experienced academic pediatric hospitalists with expertise in medical education, performance improvement, business administration and clinical research. Several have completed hospital medicine fellowships themselves and have varied professional interests. 

Neha H. Shah, MD, MPH - Program Director: Dr. Neha Shah is a pediatric hospitalist attending at Children’s National Health System and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has been the program director for the PHM fellowship at Children’s National since 2009. She has a unique perspective, having completed the PHM fellowship at Children’s National herself in 2008. She has gained national recognition for her leadership in advancing PHM fellowships through her work as Chair of the Council of PHM Fellowship Directors and as a member of the inaugural PHM Subboard for the American Board of Pediatrics. 

She completed her undergraduate, medical degree and Master's in Public Health at the George Washington University. She went on to complete her pediatric residency at Children’s National. Her area of scholarly expertise is in medical education, specifically in use of web-based technologies and virtual simulation in curriculum development and learner assessment. She lives in Alexandria Va., with her husband and two kids and enjoys reading, traveling and trying new restaurants.

Priti Bhansali, MD, MEd - Associate Program Director: Dr. Priti Bhansali is the Associate Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at Children’s National. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and obtained her Master's in Education from George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Bhansali completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Connecticut and began her career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center from 2006-2009, where she was also the Associate Residency Program Director. 

She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children, and enjoys running, playing soccer and tennis and listening to stand-up comedy.

Visit the Hospitalist Medicine faculty and staff page to meet the team and learn more about the department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What do fellows have to say about the program?

Abby Nerlinger, MD

Children's National Health System

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow

Clinical Instructor, The George Washington University

"Pediatric hospital medicine fellowship has given me a chance to pursue an interest in hospitalist medicine that extends beyond the realm of individual clinical patient care. With advanced training in research processes, health care policy, administrative processes, and an opportunity to pursue studies in public health, I have been able to clarify my career goals as an advocate for issues affecting health care delivery in the inpatient setting. Fellowship has provided the resources, experience, and flexibility to enhance my clinical skills and pursue interests beyond the clinical realm."

Lisa Herrmann, MD

Children's National Health System

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow

Clinical Instructor, The George Washington University

"Fellowship provided me the mentorship I wanted to develop my clinical skills, involvement in quality improvement and teaching. It allowed me protected time to foster my interest in medical education and begin coursework for a masters degree."

Jeffrey Winer, MD

Children’s National Health System

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Faculty

Assistant Professor, The George Washington University

"When I graduated residency, I felt ready clinically to care for hospitalized children, but knew that there was more to being a hospitalist than that. In the fellowship, I have found a niche in multiple areas I didn't know existed before starting, including quality improvement and health services research."

Jayne Truckenbrod, DO

Dell Children’s Hospital

PHM Fellowship Associate Program Director (transition to Program Director July 2014); Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

"It is difficult to put into words how much completing a fellowship changed my career, as I do not believe I could have imagined the things I would miss had I not pursued fellowship. As a concrete example, my first year of fellowship, I had never heard of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine conference and did not attend. My second year I attended, but mostly on a social/networking basis. Third year, I presented a poster for my research project, facilitated an Education-based workshop involving simulation and complex care, and was lead faculty facilitator for a Quality-Improvement-based workshop. Additionally, I attended the pre-conference for national PHM Fellowship Program Directors, as having done fellowship put me in a position such that I already had the position of Associate Program Director with my new job. None of these things would have been (nor possibly even imagined) had I not pursed PHM fellowship. I consider it the single most important decision of my career."

Jamie Librizzi

Children’s National Health System

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Faculty Fellow

Clinical Instructor, The George Washington University

"As a current fellow, I have been exposed to immense opportunity develop skills in clinical medicine, QI, medical education and leadership as well as establish mentorship from highly respected and established individuals in our division. I have been afforded the flexibility to pursue diverse projects with incredible support by Neha, the program director. The relationships I have developed with the co-fellows have also been a highlight of my time here and I can't say enough how supportive and fun they have been to work with."

Jimmy Beck

Seattle Children's

Assistant Professor

"Allowed me to obtain a masters in medical education, gave me opportunity to learn from experts in the field of medical education. Gave me a broad exposure to clinical research, QI projects, administration, leadership development. I now feel comfortable to not only develop and perform my own research but have the skill set to help mentor others. This fellowship put me in a position to obtain a faculty position, with teaching responsibilities and protected time for scholarly projects."

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