The UW Adolescent Medicine Training Program focuses on the development of excellence in clinical, research and leadership skills in adolescent health and medicine with the goal of developing faculty who are interested in leadership in academics or public health. Our training is highly interdisciplinary and our fellows interact with faculty and trainees from psychology, social work, nutrition and nursing. Training goals are accomplished through three venues: clinical experience, research experience, and coursework and didactic experiences.
Clinical rotations occur both in the Children's Hospital and the community. Children's Hospital sites include the inpatient consultative service, outpatient adolescent specialty clinic, behavioral health clinic, substance abuse clinic, sports medicine, gynecology, and biofeedback clinic. Community sites include a multidisciplinary teen pregnancy clinic, a HMO-based clinic, school-based health clinic, juvenile detention center clinic, a public STD clinic, and a homeless teen clinic.
Our research training focuses on public health, behavioral, and epidemiologic research. Each fellow is encouraged to develop his/her own unique research interest and is assisted in identifying a team of mentors specific to that interest. Fellows are provided with protected time in the second and third years of fellowship to complete a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Washington. In addition to MPH coursework, fellows are required to participate in research conferences that are specific to adolescent trainees and designed to enhance other training experiences.
The didactic portion of the program consists of a series of lectures, seminars, case conferences and ambulatory and in-patient clinical experiences supervised by board certified adolescent medicine faculty. Additionally, the adolescent medicine fellow is encouraged to develop their own teaching portfolio through the presentation of adolescent health-related lectures to community members and health providers at all levels.