The fellowship programs strive to develop future leaders of military pediatrics who are well-balanced and skilled in the areas of clinical practice, teaching, and scholarly activities. The fellowships, which come under the umbrella of the NCC, are based within the Departments of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, MD. The pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs in the NCC are Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
The fellowship programs exist in affiliation with the tri-service NCC pediatric residency program at WRNMMC. In addition to WRNMMC and USUHS, the NCC includes the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, MD, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in immediate proximity to the Bethesda campus, and numerous reciprocal clinical and educational opportunities are available to fellows.
The NCC, by supplying leadership and resources, complies with the ACGME Institutional Requirements and ensures that Consortium-sponsored programs meet ACGME program requirements. GME programs operate under the authority and control of the NCC. The Consortium regularly assesses and improves the quality of its educational programs.
Fellowship Qualifications and Applications
Candidates must be board-certified or board-eligible in Pediatrics and be active duty members of one of the Uniformed Services (Navy, Army, Air Force, Public Health Service). Applicants must apply through and be sponsored for postdoctoral training by the Graduate Medical Education office of their respective branch of service. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. When feasible, applicants are encouraged to visit the USUHS facilities and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical, applicants should arrange a phone interview with the program director.
Core Curriculum in Scholarly Activity
As mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, all NCC pediatric subspecialty fellows participate in a core curriculum in scholarly activity. The NCC Subspecialty Fellowship Programs have developed curricular elements to meet the educational requirements of fellows. The NCC has a variety of institutional resources to enrich this core curriculum. The major component of the Pediatric Subspecialty Fellowships' Core Curriculum in Scholarly Activity is a themed didactic session that occurs bimonthly. Each session has a topic focus, with the cycle of topics repeating every two years, to allow fellows the opportunity to remediate missed sessions. Program directors ensure fellows' clinical duties are covered for this protected learning opportunity. The curriculum provides in-depth training in biostatistics, clinical and laboratory research methodology, study design, preparation of applications for funding, approval of clinical and research protocols, critical literature review, principles of evidence-based medicine, and the achievement of proficiency in teaching, quality improvement, health care economics, cost-effective patient care, preventive care, resource allocation, clinical outcomes, and special topics in death and dying. Instruction in bioethics includes ethical principles involving research, ethical and legal implications of confidentiality with informed consent, physician-patient, physician-family, physician-physician/allied health professional, and physician-society relationships. Fellows receive focused training in clinical and didactic teaching, structuring and delivering effective and constructive feedback, and critically evaluating learners. Military-specific topics include, but are not limited to, career development, cross-cultural care, career mentorship, military leadership, military health care management issues, and practice of pediatrics in the context of the military health care delivery system.