Council on Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) - Pediatric Subspecialties Descriptions
In an effort to provide more information to medical students and residents about a career in the pediatric subspecialties, the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) has created detailed descriptions of the individual subspecialties on its Web site. Each section was written by a member of the subspecialty and includes information about what that subspecialist does, career opportunities, lifestyle and financial compensation as well as how to identify training programs and how to apply. Helpful links to both general and subspecialty specific Web sites are provided. There is also information about alternative training pathways and requirements for international medical graduates. CoPS believes that this Web site will be a valuable resource for medical students and residents as they consider a pediatric subspecialty. Go to the CoPS Web site and click on subspecialty descriptions.
For those interested in a pediatrics fellowship, there are many sources to find out the information you need. One of the first places to look for any fellowship is via the National Residency Matching Program or FREIDA Online®. Also, many pediatric hospitals have their own residency and fellowship Web sites.
General Pediatrics/Academic Fellowships
The Academic Pediatric Association has a list of General Pediatrics Fellowships, in addition to a handful of other fellowships, on their Residents/Fellows Corner of their website.
The best and fastest source of pediatric cardiology fellowships is located on the American College of Cardiology's Web site, which allows you to search a database of fellowships opportunities.
The Society for Adolescent Medicine has a Web site which lists each of the fellowships in adolescent medicine, and includes contact information, number of positions and accreditation status.
Listings for primary care sports medicine fellowships with contact information can be found at on the AAP Council for Sports Medicine and Fitness website, along with additional information on a career in sports medicine.
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Child Abuse Pediatricians are pediatricians with special training, experience, and skills in evaluating children who may be victims of some type of abuse or neglect. The Ray E. Helfer Society keeps a current listing of fellowship openings in Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Allergy and Immunology
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (better known as quad-I) has a complete fellowship directory, as well as other information.
The Academic Pediatric Association has a list of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowships.
Primary clinical responsibilities of a Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) specialist are in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in children. PID specialists have many career choices and many choose a combination of several opportunities. The four primary categories are:
- Academic Medicine – Most PID specialists are employed by medical schools, children's hospitals or community-based teaching hospitals. This allows a mixture of research, teaching, administration and sometimes epidemiology and infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.
- Public Service – Another option is to work for public health agencies such as the NIH, CDC or FDA. The work includes tracking of the epidemiology of ID, monitoring vaccine preventable diseases and investigating unusual or emerging pathogens.
- Private Practice – A small number of PID specialists practice privately and they focus on patient care, diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of ID in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Some may practice both ID and general pediatrics.
- Industry – ID remains a top subspecialty in demand among drug/vaccine manufacturers and requires expertise in both scientific and management issues.
Click here for a list of fellowship opportunities in pediatric infectious disease.
Other Fellowship Opportunities:
FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program
The FDA offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA's new state-of-the-art White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. The Fellowship Program combines rigorous didactic coursework with the development of a regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committed to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. This experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis or other aspects of FDA science. Click here for more information.