Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was established in 1963, making it one of the most established adolescent medicine divisions in the United States, and the first on the West Coast. The Division has been training adolescent medicine fellows and producing experts in the field since 1967. In fact, the national Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine was formed in our division, and was based in our office for many years prior to centralizing its headquarters in the Midwest. Most recently, the Division was awarded a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, making it one of only seven LEAH programs nationwide.

Learn More About the Training Program

Our traditional fellowship is a three-year program intended to prepare fellows for a career in clinical and academic adolescent medicine (please see ‘program tracks’ below for additional details). It features an interdisciplinary, bio-psychosocial model of care, and offers fellows a unique, rich clinical experience via numerous programs and training sites. It also offers extensive opportunity to conduct original research, and to participate in ongoing research, with formal mentoring through the Division’s faculty, as well as utilization of resources at The Saban Research Institute and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Additionally, the program aims to prepare fellows for board certification in adolescent medicine. The Division’s programs  and faculty have been recognized both locally and nationally, through numerous ongoing research and service grants, as well as through many awards.

  • Clinical Experience
  • Elective Rotations
  • Enriched Clinical Experience Is Available In:
  • Research, Policy and Advocacy
  • Program Tracks

Our clinical experiences are tailored to expose fellows to adolescents in a variety of settings:

  • Teenage and Young Adult Health Center - hospital-based outpatient clinic that provides both primary and consultative care to both healthy and chronically-ill youth from the community, as well as to youth in foster care.
  • Job Corps - federal vocational trade program with comprehensive on-site health services.
  • Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Center - medical and behavioral health services for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Covenant House - residential shelter for high-risk youth with in-house medical clinic.
  • College Health - longitudinal rotation at USC Engemann Student Health Center.
  • Inpatient Consult Service – located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, diverse patient population at large, urban, tertiary care free-standing children’s hospital.
  • My Voice Adolescent Transition Program  - transition medicine services for young adults with chronic medical problems and special healthcare needs preparing to enter into adult care.

There are various elective rotations that are available both at our hospital and at outside institutions, including:

  • Sports medicine
  • Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic
  • Family planning
  • Endocrinology
  • Eating Disorders
  • Juvenile Court Health Services
  • HIV care
  • Transgender care
  • Obesity care
  • Interdisciplinary Adolescent Hematology care

The CHLA LEAH program provides medical fellows a 9-month long interdisciplinary training curriculum that brings them together with psychology, nursing, nutrition, and social work professionals and professionals-in-training, to learn together and to move the field of adolescent health forward, through public health and advocacy-centered projects, using innovative teaching methodologies and community partnerships.

Additionally, a cross-divisional, didactic, lecture-based core curriculum focused on teaching and research methods is delivered to all Children’s Hospital Los Angeles fellows in both the first and third years. Fellows conduct research and are mentored by medical and behavioral health faculty, and are involved in advocacy and policy development activities through the Division’s community-based programs. 

In coordination with the program director, fellows choose their research project and identify mentors and a Scholarship Oversight Committee, during the first fellowship year. During the second and third years, fellows will conduct their studies, analyze their data, and prepare a manuscript. They are encouraged to attend and present their research at institutional, local, and national scientific meetings, through poster presentations and lectures, and are strongly encouraged to submit their prepared manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal.

Recent research projects done by fellows have focused on:

  • Adolescent Experiences with the Contraceptive Implant
  • Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Minors and Young Adults
  • Transgender Youth and Family Support
  • Transition Medicine
  • “Sexting”
  • Health Education through Radio
  • Advance Supply of Emergency Contraception
  • Regional variations in PID diagnosis and treatment College Students and domestic violence
  • Emergency Contraception use among Job Corps participants
  • Adolescent Medicine Providers and attitudes towards the Internet as a knowledge extender

In addition to the traditional three-year fellowship track, which maximizes fellows’ potential research impact, a two-year track is also available (though for pediatric graduates wishing to become board-certified, three years of fellowship are required).

How to Apply

The CHLA Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and takes applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All interested applicants must submit their application through ERAS.

Program Fast Facts

AGME Accredited: Yes
Fellows per year: 1-2
Applicants are welcome from the following primary specialties:

  • Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Application Timeline: Applications will be accepted via ERAS from July through September
Duration: 2-3 years, depending on residency
Postgraduate Training Required: 3 years
U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Salary Minimums:   
First year fellow: $63,344
Second year fellow: $65,018
Third year fellow: $67,225
Benefits Include: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation+ 6 personal days, and yearly educational stipend

Where Do Fellows Go When they Graduate?

Fellows who have graduated from our program in the last 10 years have obtained positions at the following institutions:

  • Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Group
  • Otis School of Design Student Health and Wellness Center
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego/UC San Diego
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group
  • Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Central Coast Pediatrics