Pediatric Hospital Medicine Curriculum

The two-year curriculum closely follows the framework developed by the national group of program directors and reflects the current training requirements for PHM fellowship programs.

Two years of training consist of 26 blocks of a 4-week duration, or 13 per academic year. Blocks are divided into 8 clinical blocks, 8 scholarship blocks, and 8 individual blocks, with 2 blocks of vacation.

Clinical Blocks:

  • 4 blocks at NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County’s (KCHC) and University Hospital at Downstate’s (UHD) pediatric inpatient units
  • 1 block Pediatric ER
  • 1 block Nursery/NICU
  • 1 block community hospital at NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull Hospital
  • 1 block complex care at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
  • Moderate sedation training longitudinally throughout the 2 years of fellowship

Scholarship Blocks:

Fellows will acquire knowledge and skills in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, research design, and Quality Improvement (QI) methodology through a series of lectures and workshops. Fellows in our program are eligible for a tuition-free Advanced Certificate in Public Health from the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health.

For those trainees interested in gaining a more robust QI and clinical leadership foundation there is an opportunity to apply to the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP) program, a 20-month program offered by NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County’s (KCHC) that seeks to create the next generation of clinical quality experts through formal training in healthcare administration, exposure to hospital leadership, mentorship and hands-on experience.

Fellows will have opportunities to present their scholarly work towards the end of their training.


Individual Blocks:

The remaining individual blocks are tailored to each fellow’s interest and may include additional clinical rotations or time for scholarship projects. Fellows are encouraged to select from the available subspecialty rotations at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital, but requests for extramural electives can also be approved.

Examples of available electives include:

  • Simulation Elective at Health and Hospitals Simulation Center
  • Emergency Preparedness Elective
  • Informatics Elective
  • Health Advocacy Elective
  • Clinical Electives in subspecialty of interest (GI, Hematology-Oncology, Pulmonology, ID, Neurology, etc.)
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Elective
  • Healthcare Administration Elective
  • Teaching Elective
  • Additional inpatient electives


Formal Didactic Curriculum:

The fellowship program has a 2-year didactic schedule that seeks to cover all topics in the contents for the PHM boards as well as other matters relevant to the development of an academic pediatric hospitalist. Fellows also take part in monthly journal clubs that will provide them with the skills to formally appraise the medical literature. In addition, every other month there is a combined Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine didactic conference.