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Hospital medicine

Mission

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU's (CHoR) Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship is a two year VCU GME accredited training program. The fellowship program provides clinical, scholarly, and leadership training with the goal of developing future hospitalists who will become leaders in academic as well as community hospitalist programs.

Clinical training

Clinical training consists of 16 weeks of clinical service per year on Acute Care Pediatric units. The fellow will work with the resident teaching team. As a second year fellow, two of the 16 weeks will be at a community hospital site.  Additional 8 weeks per year is dedicated to clinical elective rotations including, but not limited to, pain and palliative care, child abuse pediatrics, chronic care, medical transport, medical toxicology, nutrition, pharmacology, and radiology. Subspecialty rotations such as critical care medicine and infectious disease are also offered as electives.  Family centered rounds is emphasized during the clinical service times. 

Medical education

The fellowship has an educational mission to provide first class education and training. The fellow has an important role in teaching medical students and resident physicians. The fellow is exposed to Introduction to Teaching during the first year. The fellow is also enrolled in the Teaching in Medical Education (TiME) course offered through Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. The TiME course emphasizes curriculum design, scholarship in medical education, and teaching strategies. At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will develop an educational portfolio.

Research and quality improvement 

The fellow will participate in Research 4 Residents and Fellows Research course during the first year. Also during the first year, the fellow will complete the Institutes for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules. A research and QI mentors will work with the fellow throughout the fellowship with the goal of scholarly project and Quality Improvement initiative during the fellowship. 

Medical leadership‌

The fellowship program has a unique partnership with VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in which the fellow will enroll in the Leadership Development course. This course is a 10 month program designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and experience of current and emerging leaders who represent the academic and administrative units of VCU Health.

How to apply

The start date for the PHM fellowship is July 1. At this time, the fellowship is not participating in ERAS. Interested applicants should provide the following: 

  1. Common Application form (available at www.phmfellows.org - click Applicants Tab then PHM Fellowship Application)
  2. Updated CV
  3. Personal statement
  4. Three letters of recommendation 

Applicants should be board eligible or board certified in pediatrics. Once all application materials have been submitted, on-site interviews will be scheduled. During the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to meet faculty and current fellow and tour the facilities. For further questions, applicants can contact Dr. Clifton C. Lee, fellowship director. 

Fellowship Program Director

Clifton C. Lee, MD, FAAP, SFHM
Associate professor of pediatrics
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Children’s Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
P.O. Box 980506
Richmond, VA 23298
Office: (804) 827-1186
Cell: (804) 536-3236
Email: clifton.lee@vcuhealth.org