Qualification for the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty-certifying exam currently requires a three-year fellowship in adolescent medicine for pediatricians. Internists and family practitioners, in order to receive a certificate of added qualification, require two years of adolescent medicine clinical experience after they complete their three-year residency program.
The goal of this fellowship program is to train physicians to serve as leaders in adolescent medicine. Fellows will incrementally assume greater responsibility and accountability for their performance throughout their training. As such, acquiring the following skills is a process that occurs over the duration of the fellowship:
- Expert clinicians who provide expert, safe, effective, empathic, and efficient patient-centered care
- Skilled educators, committed to providing comprehensive education to patients, families, interdisciplinary staff, and medical trainees
- Competent researchers – developing skills in research methodology, design, and statistical analysis that will allow trainees to contribute to the field
- Advocates for patients and health policies
- Facilitators of systems-based approaches to achieve desired outcomes in health-related activities in a self-directed manner that is professionally and effectively communicated
Adolescent Medicine fellows—integral to the provision of medical services at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center—function as primary care providers under the direction of a supervising attending physician. In their service to clinical and community sites, our fellows also care for adolescents at school-based health centers and have the opportunity to participate in the care of college women at the Barnard College Student Health Center, a part of the Columbia University system.
The Division of Adolescent Medicine plays an active role in patient care and teaching on the general pediatrics inpatient unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. The Division also conducts clinical research in the areas of adolescent HIV and AIDS, the psychosocial aspects of sexual abuse in adolescents, reproductive health, human papilloma virus transmission, and foster care youth.
In addition to clinical and research training at Mount Sinai, fellows have an opportunity to participate in advocacy and complementary training programs, including:
- Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
- Citizen’s Committee for Children
- Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention
Fellows also receive instruction in the grant writing process, and we encourage them to participate in a variety of academic writing opportunities. As mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics, fellows participate in scholarly work in the form of a hypothesis-driven research project, with the ultimate goal of manuscript submission and acceptance for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
About the Adolescent Health Center
The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is the first primary care program in New York specifically designed to meet the health needs of adolescents. This flagship center is the largest provider of outpatient adolescent health services in the country. The center offers affordable, confidential, comprehensive medical and mental health care, family planning, and health education services to young people from 10 to 24 years of age.
The Center offers a wide range of health services. These services include:
- Primary and acute medical care for adolescents
- Reproductive health services
- Programs for teen parenting
- Counseling and psychotherapy
- Cardiovascular risk reduction
- Nutrition, fitness, and wellness
- HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
- Legal services
The Center staffs interdisciplinary teams comprised of fellowship-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and health educators. Along with its primary location on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center operates model programs at school-based health centers in three area high schools:
- Julia Richman Educational Complex on the Upper East Side
- Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in Harlem
- Humanities Educational Complex in Chelsea
Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
312 East 94th Street
New York, NY 10128