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Independent Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine

The Independent Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine provides fellows with the ideal setting to gain the highest level of advanced training and expertise given Cohen Children’s Medical Center high patient volume, the complexity of cases, the ancillary support, and its outstanding faculty and mentorship. The knowledge and skills gained through this program will provide a solid foundation for fellows to excel as clinical and research leaders in the practice of pediatric hospital medicine.

Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) is part of the Department of Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, which is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York state serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Cohen Children's is a 202-bed pediatric teaching hospital, with over 7,500 inpatient admissions and over 8,000 newborn deliveries per year. It is affiliated with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research and the Center for Learning and Innovation. Cohen Children's is the only Level 1-ACS Pediatric Trauma center in the NY region and has been awarded Magnet status in nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Cohen Children's is ranked nationally in nine pediatric specialties by U.S. News and World Report

The division has 27 faculty members with varied interests and expertise beyond their patient care duties including:

  • Clinical research
  • Development of clinical care guidelines
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Family centered care innovation
  • Newborn medicine
  • Health disparities research
  • Medical simulation
  • Quality improvement

PHM Fellowship Program

The goal of the two-year fellowship program is to produce compassionate clinicians with expertise in the care of hospitalized children and who demonstrate a commitment to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The program provides a thorough, structured curriculum that includes training in:

  • Clinical science
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership/ Administration
  • Medical education
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement science
  • Research

Advanced clinical training

The first year of the program emphasizes patient care. Fellows will complete several core clinical rotations in which they care for children in the tertiary care children’s hospital (Cohen Children's) as well as at a community hospital (Southside). There will also be rotations that focus on the care of children with complex medical issues, the co-management of surgical patients, newborn care, and the stabilization of critically ill children. Fellows will be given progressive responsibility for all aspects of patient care under the supervision of attending physicians, and they will also be responsible for the supervision and education of residents and medical students. Fellows will be able to tailor their educational program in accordance with career plans and interests by choosing from several electives. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Palliative care
  • Transport medicine
  • Procedural sedation
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Simulation

In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to select one of four focused tracks:

  • Clinical
  • Community
  • Quality
  • Research

Systems and scholarship

The Division of PHM at Cohen Children's is a leader in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives throughout the Northwell health system as well as on a national level. Cohen Children's is part of the Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) network. This collaboration provides opportunities for fellows to engage in a diverse range of quality improvement initiatives that aim to eliminate harm and strive for the highest quality of care. The quality improvement curriculum will focus on the development of a fellow’s foundation in improvement science. This includes,

  • The model for improvement
  • Design of effective metrics
  • Development of PDSA ramps
  • Design and interpretation of run/control charts
  • Concept of variation
  • Levels of reliability
  • Psychology/change management

Fellows will lead an improvement project under the mentorship of a faculty member as well as participate in several process improvement committees throughout the health system.

Fellows are also required to complete a research project under the direction of a research mentor, resulting in a first-authored manuscript. The fellowship schedule allots a minimum of 30 percent of time per academic year to this endeavor. Fellows will choose an area of study in line with their career goals and relevant to a career in academic pediatric hospital medicine. They will have the opportunity to utilize resources available through the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research, and they will participate in the common Fellows’ Research Seminar required of all Cohen Children's fellows. Topics in the seminar include:

  • Clinical trial design
  • Evaluation of medical literature
  • Biostatistics
  • Introduction to molecular biology
  • IRB submission
  • Preparing oral/poster presentation
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Grant writing

The Division of PHM participates in the education of medical students from the Zucker School of Medicine as well as pediatric residents from Cohen Children's. Opportunities exist to participate in medical education research through the Zucker School of Medicine.

Fellows may also have the opportunity to obtain advanced formal education through Hofstra University’s acclaimed Master programs in Education, Health Profession Pedagogy and Leadership (MS), Public Health (MPH), Health Informatics (MS), Quality Management (MBA) or other relevant degrees.


Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

Learn more about Cohen Children’s

Application process

Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program. The fellowship program does not sponsor visa applications at this time.   

Applications open July 1 and are accepted on a rolling basis. We accept the common PHM fellowship application available at phmfellows.org.

We participate in the NRMP match (nrmp.org).

Essential application materials include:

  • Completed common application form
  • Personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, with one preferably from the residency program director or current clinical supervisor for those who have finished residency
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae

All application materials should be sent to:

Marcia White, MBA, Program Coordinator, [email protected]

Sheila Liewehr, MD, MA, Fellowship Director, [email protected]