Fellowships

Yale is one of the nation's premier institutions for Pediatric subspecialty training. Fellowship training at Yale provides you with superb clinical training, and the opportunity to develop into a top-notch physician, with expertise in clinical, basic or translational research. These goals are accomplished by encouraging fellows to take advantage of the rich opportunities provided by the Department of Pediatrics of Yale School of Medicine's unique training programs in investigative medicine and clinical research, and oversight of career development.

Founded in 1921, the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine numbers 76 full-time faculty, of whom 4 have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, 3 to the Association of American Physicians, 6 to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and 26 to the American Pediatric Society/Society for Pediatric Research. Six members have served either as President, Secretary, or member of Council at the APS or SPR. Approximately 45-50 fellows (about two-thirds M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. and one-third Ph.D.) have trained in the Department each year over the past decade.

Forty-four percent of current pediatric faculty first entered Yale as fellows. Over the past 5 years, 35% of Yale fellows have remained on faculty at Yale. 85% of individuals who have completed fellowship training have remained in academic medicine here or elsewhere. Thus a fellowship at Yale leaves you well prepared for an academic career.

All fellowship programs provide opportunities for trainees to be based in laboratories in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or collaborating basic science or other clinical departments at Yale. Fellows may participate in clinical, translational, or basic science research. More than 50% of Yale fellows train in laboratories or with investigators outside the subspecialty section.

Over the past several years, fellows in our department have trained with members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and with Nobel Laureates. Our goal is to have fellows train with superb investigators who are both renowned as national and international experts in their fields and distinguished for their proven success in training fellows.

Two very successful training programs, the Investigative Medicine Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, provide didactic instruction for fellows and junior faculty members. The Investigative Medicine Program grants the Ph.D.-degree and is directed exclusively to physicians serving as fellows in clinical departments. The Investigative Medicine Program's parallel paths of training emphasize either disease-oriented or patient-oriented research. Dr. Eugene Shapiro of the Department of Pediatrics, Associate Director of the Investigative Medicine Program, supervises curriculum and training for patient-oriented investigation. We encourage fellows to take advantage of this tremendous program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a national initiative of the Johnson and Johnson Foundation, was begun in 1974. An RWJCSP site since inception, Yale's program was recently one of only four designated to receive continuous support over the next decade. Components of the RWJCSP include formal coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and scientific writing, which our fellows have taken advantage of. On average, 25% of RWJCSP fellows are pediatricians. In addition, several pediatricians from other fellowship programs audit the course each year. These programs help provide Yale Fellows a unique and powerful academic experience.

Well before the recent mandate of the American Board of Pediatrics, the Department of Pediatrics established a program to address the research needs of fellows. This program provides a formal curriculum and a forum for fellows to meet on a weekly basis. The Yale Fellowship Conference series meets once a week and features presentations about choosing research projects, grant writing, research methods, biostatistics, and career development. In addition, this series features talks from expert senior scientists, who share their routes to academic success.

Upon entering the research years, each fellow is provided with a Scholarship Oversight Committee, which meets at least twice a year to review research progress. The Departmental Fellowship Oversight Committee, also oversees fellowship training, and provides us with additional opportunities to foster and monitor the career development of fellows.