Fellowship Program

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine embodies the rich tradition of academic fellowship training at UCSF. The goal of the program is to train leaders in the field of pediatric hospital medicine (PHM). This two-year non-ACGME fellowship aims to produce expert clinicians who are trained in optimizing the medical care of sick children and who approach this work in a scholarly manner. We envision our graduates will become experts in the clinical care of hospitalized children and also, depending on their specific interests, leaders in safety and quality improvement, directors of medical educational programs, administrative leaders and/or clinical investigators.

Program Overview

The two-year fellowship offers a balanced training program with approximately half of the training period dedicated to developing clinical expertise and half dedicated to research, learning to teach, and personal/professional development. We currently accept 2 fellows per year.

Fellows will achieve exposure and experience in all domains of the PHM core competencies, grouped into: clinical conditions, core skills, specialized clinical services and systems organization and improvement. Furthermore, fellows will develop expertise in one area of focus with close mentorship from faculty both within the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and within the larger scholarly community at UCSF. The product is a mentored, peer-reviewed scholarly project.

The fellowship curriculum, organized over two years, draws on a well-established educational infrastructure, coursework, and curricula in place at UCSF. We are proud to offer flexibility in the program such that pathways for individual fellows will vary based on their scholarly interests and skill sets and available mentorship. In general, the curriculum is based on PHM core competencies, centered on four domains:

  • clinical (advanced training in care of hospitalized children and procedural skills)
  • educational (improving clinical teaching and building educational scholarship)
  • quality improvement, leadership, and communication
  • scholarship (cultivation of an area of expertise and a scholarly product)

Program Structure

We designed our training goals based on ACGME and PHM competencies. To achieve these goals, fellows participate in a combination of graduated hospital-based clinical rotations, electives, structured educational seminars, online curricula, research activities, quality improvement initiatives, teaching exercises, simulation activities, and administrative responsibilities. This work is closely mentored by leaders in the PHM division as well as a Scholarship Oversight Committee. An overview of fellowship activities is here.

Clinical training is centered at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco where, with attending mentorship, the fellow will lead an academic team caring for general pediatric and sub-specialty patients with a focus on complex, chronically ill and subspecialty medical and surgical patients. Fellows will also gain exposure to community hospital medicine through rotations at the UCSF-affiliated community site Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. Additional clinical experiences include attending at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and rotations with the hospitalist-led, Pain and Palliative Care Service. PICU experiences, sedation exposure, and elective time are offered.

Education and career development occurs through coursework, online curricula, mentorship and other modalities. Fellows may complete formal coursework in clinical teaching skills as well as quality improvement methodology. Fellows participate in the PHM Faculty Development Series, which includes regular journal clubs, research works in progress sessions, and clinical case conferences. They will also participate in Fellow’s College, with other pediatric fellows at UCSF. To improve teaching skills while exploring systems errors and improvement, fellows will lead (with mentorship) PHM morbidity and mortality conferences. Fellows participate in PHM division meetings and may serve on educationally relevant committees (such as safety, quality and/or medication committees).

Scholarship and research is a key component of fellowship training at UCSF. Fellows will complete a peer-reviewed scholarly project with mentorship. We can offer formal training in clinical research (TICR Program) based on the fellow’s academic and career interests. The minimum expectation is to submit a research abstract to a national meeting and/or a peer-reviewed publication. We encourage fellows to engage in other scholarly work such as submission of a case report, write-up of a QI initiative or dissemination of a patient safety initiative.

Fellowship Benefits

The University provides fellows a rich package of health & welfare benefits. In addition, the fellowship program offers additional benefits:

  • Health, dental, vision, basic life, and disability insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Parking discount
  • Designated workstation
  • A loaned laptop to be used during fellowship
  • Exemption from fees associated with obtaining DEA
  • Funding to attend an academic conference annually
  • Funding for PALS, NRP and state licensing fees
  • Opportunities for moonlighting in accordance with GME policies

Who Should Apply

The fellowship is suited for graduates of an accredited US pediatric or med-peds residency program who seek careers as hospital-based clinician-educators, clinician-administrators, safety and quality leaders, or clinical researchers in an academic teaching hospital environment. We accept two fellows annually.

How to Apply

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program. Currently, we are unable to accept applications from non-US citizens or those who are training in the US on visas. To apply, please download and use the common application located at the national PHM fellowship site: http://phmfellows.org/

A completed application will include:

  • The completed common application (a brief personal statement is part of the common application)
  • A current CV
  • 2-3 letters of reference, with one of those preferably from your residency program director

We are participating in the NRMP Pediatric Specialties Fall Match. Applicants will need to register for the match.

Applications will be accepted after July 1, 2019 and interviews will begin in late September. Rank lists are Due by December 4th and Match Day is December 18th. Applications should be sent electronically to:

Kaitlin Clancey, Fellowship Coordinator
University of California San Francisco
Department of Pediatrics, BOX 0110
550 16th Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
email: [email protected]

Program Leadership

Darren Fiore, MD
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
University of California San Francisco
Department of Pediatrics, BOX 3214
550 16th Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
email: [email protected]

Brian Gin, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
University of California San Francisco
Department of Pediatrics, BOX 3214
550 16th Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
email: [email protected]

Sunitha Kaiser, MD, MSc
PHM Fellowship Research Director
Department of Pediatrics, BOX 3214
550 16th Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
email: [email protected]