Pediatrics Fellowship in Health Equity

About the Fellowship

The Pediatrics Fellowship in Health Equity at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a two-year program with an optional third year. The program trains future leaders in providing high-quality care to all children with a focus on the underserved (not limited to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, special health care needs nor sexual orientation). This leadership starts in the clinic, but spans all levels of advocacy for child health including education of trainees, research, community involvement and policy development.

Why CHLA?

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is consistently ranked as one of the top pediatric health care institutions in the United States. What makes us unique, however, is our patient population. Our general pediatrics clinic is operated by AltaMed, which is the largest federally qualified health center in the nation. More than 90% of the clinic’s patients are on Medicaid/CHIP (known as MediCal in California) and 17% have special health care needs. In addition to primary medical care, there are optometry, dental and a variety of subspecialty clinics available within the clinic, as well as a robust patient-centered medical home team, which provides case management for 3,200 patients with complex medical needs, and family support services staffed by social workers and psychologists to address behavioral health and social health needs such as food and housing insecurity. This makes Children’s Hospital Los Angeles the perfect training ground for general pediatricians interested in addressing the social determinants of health in caring for an increasingly diverse patient population.
 

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The fellowship is composed of 50% clinical work, 20% education and 30% scholarly work, designed to focus on an area of the fellow’s interest.

Clinical Work

  • Primary care experience in the AltaMed CHLA clinic
    • Three half-days of primary care clinic
    • One half-day of precepting residents
    • One half-day of urgent care clinic
    • Additional urgent care clinic shifts for extra pay
  • Two weeks each year attending on the inpatient setting at CHLA (supervised by a faculty member) or in the newborn nursery at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

Education

  • Baseline curriculum covering a range of topics within health equity
    • Weekly meetings with fellows from other programs
    • Weekly meetings within the Division of General Pediatrics
    • Weekly health equity lecture series covering a range of topics:
      • Social determinants of health
      • Community-based participatory research
      • Health disparities
      • Racism
      • Immigrant health
      • Healthcare financing
      • Policy development
    • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program
      • Developing interdisciplinary leaders in healthcare with the necessary competencies for shaping effective health policies, programs, and outcomes for all children including those from underserved populations, autism spectrum disorder and special health care needs
    • Introductory course in Clinical and Translational Research Study Design
  • CME stipend to cover memberships to professional organizations, licensure and participation in national conferences such as AAP-NCE or PAS
  • Graduate coursework through the Keck School of Medicine
    • Public health
    • Academic medicine
    • Global health
  • Participate in our residents’ Community Pediatrics rotations through lectures and participation in field experiences
  • Local legislative visits as well as an annual trip to Sacramento to advocate to state legislators on child healthcare topics with the American Academy of Pediatrics-California

Scholarly Work

  • We recognize that the ultimate goal of health equity can be addressed in many ways and want to provide our fellows with the flexibility to develop their areas of interest. Therefore, fellows will be allowed to choose from one of three tracks to pursue their personal education and scholarly work.
    • Community advocacy
    • Medical education
    • Health services research
  • During the first two months, fellows will rotate through the various clinics within our Division to help make an informed decision regarding their area of interest within health equity and identify mentors to help them pursue this interest:
    • Cranio-facial clinic
    • Spina bifida clinic
    • University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
    • Medical Treatment Units through California Children’s Services
    • Foster care hub
    • Adolescent medicine
    • Dental clinic
    • Family Support Team
    • Parent navigators
    • Medical Home
  • Fellows will identify both a general academic mentor and a primary research mentor to help with career guidance and project development, respectively. These individuals will be part of the fellow’s Scholarship Oversight Committee to evaluate the fellow’s progress with regard to scholarly activity.
  • Fellows are expected to submit scholarly work for presentation locally and nationally

Candidates must have successfully completed or be in good standing within their residency and also clear employee screenings as required by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

  • Applications are through the NRMP Match.
  • Please use the USC format for your Curriculum Vitae
  • In addition, please answer the following essay / short answer questions and submit them to Kevin Fang and Amanda Daigle with the subject heading “GAP Fellowship Supplemental Questions”
    • Please tell us about your interest in a career in academic pediatrics with a focus on health equity (Limit 500 words)
    • Beyond clinical practice, our fellowship focuses on three domains: health services research, community advocacy, and medical education. For each of these, please describe the following (Limit 250 words for each of the three domain):
      • Your past experiences (if any…it’s okay if you don’t have any)
      • Any gaps in knowledge of skills
      • What you hope to gain from the fellowship
      • How you hope to apply these skills in your future career

AGME Accredited: No
Fellowship duration: 2 years (with an optional third year)
Fellows per year: 1 to 2
Application deadline: Dec. 31, 11:59 p.m. PST
Postgraduate training required: Pediatrics internship and residency
U.S. citizenship required: No
Salary: $80,000 per year
Benefits: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation, 6 personal days and a yearly educational stipend