CoPS Launches Pediatric Subspecialties Descriptions on its Web site!
In an effort to provide more information to medical students and residents about a career in the pediatric subspecialties, the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) has created detailed descriptions of the individual subspecialties on its Web site. Each section was written by a member of the subspecialty and includes information about what that subspecialist does, career opportunities, lifestyle and financial compensation as well as how to identify training programs and how to apply. Helpful links to both general and subspecialty specific Web sites are provided. There is also information about alternative training pathways and requirements for international medical graduates. CoPS believes that this Web site will be a valuable resource for medical students and residents as they consider a pediatric subspecialty. Go to the CoPS Web site and click on subspecialty descriptions.
For those interested in a pediatrics fellowship, there are many
sources to find out the information you need. One of the first
places to look for any fellowship is in the January edition of
of Pediatrics, which always has a list of available
fellowships in pediatrics for the next year, as well as contact
information, application deadlines, etc.
Other general areas to go for fellowship information include
Residency Matching Program or FRIEDA.
Also, many pediatric hospitals have their own residency and fellowship
Web sites, and more specific information can be found there.
General Pediatrics Fellowships
There are several fellowships through the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. This site gives information about
the generalist physician faculty scholars program, which prepares
junior faculty for research training. To be eligible for this
fellowship, you must already be a junior faculty member in an
accredited medical school. Other RWJ fellowships can be found
Residents interested in health care policy can try RWJ or the
Institute of Medicine and click
on Opportunities and Fellowship. The NIH
funds generalist fellowships with an interest in academic research
and looking for loan repayment. The NIH also offers funding for
general academic pediatrics through the National
Research Service Awards. Fellowship positions (for any fellowship)
can occasionally be found on the Association
of Pediatric Program Directors Web site.
The best and fastest source of pediatric cardiology fellowships
is located on the American
College of Cardiology’s Web site, which allows you to
search a database of fellowships opportunities.
The Society for Adolescent Medicine has a Web site which lists each of the fellowships in adolescent medicine, and includes contact information, number of positions and accreditation status.
Listings for primary care sports medicine fellowships with contact
information can be found at www.physsportsmed.com/fellows.htm.
This Web site also contains links to other sports medicine groups
as well as to the journal “The Physician and Sports Medicine”.
The American Medical
Society for Sports Medicine also has a list of fellowships
on their Web site.
The AAP Section on
Child Abuse and Neglect has its own list of fellowships in
Allergy and Immunology
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (better
known as quad-I) has a complete fellowship directory, as well
as other information. The American
Academy of Immunology also has several postdoctoral research
fellowships on their Web site.
Primary clinical responsibilities of a Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) specialist are in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in children. PID specialists have many career choices and many choose a combination of several opportunities. The four primary categories are:
- Academic Medicine – Most PID specialists are employed by medical schools, children’s hospitals or community-based teaching hospitals. This allows a mixture of research, teaching, administration and sometimes epidemiology and infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.
- Public Service – Another option is to work for public health agencies such as the NIH, CDC or FDA. The work includes tracking of the epidemiology of ID, monitoring vaccine preventable diseases and investigating unusual or emerging pathogens.
- Private Practice – A small number of PID specialists practice privately and they focus on patient care, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of ID in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Some may practice both ID and general pediatrics.
- Industry – ID remains a top subspecialty in demand among drug/vaccine manufacturers and requires expertise in both scientific and management issues.
Click here for a list of fellowship opportunities in pediatric infectious disease.
Other Fellowship Opportunities:
FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program
The FDA offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA's new state-of-the-art White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. The Fellowship Program combines rigorous didactic coursework with the development of a regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committed to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. This experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis or other aspects of FDA science. Click here for more information.