Clinical Training

Stanford Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) fellows have a tremendous breadth of clinical experiences at our award-winning training sites including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). Through these diverse sites, fellows are exposed to the gamut of pediatric patients including well newborns, patients with common conditions, and patients with complex and life-threatening conditions. In all settings, fellows train alongside experienced faculty who are skilled educators to foster their learning and transition to independent practice. Clinical experiences include the Blue team teaching rotation, community PHM at CPMC, anesthesia, newborn care and sedation at SCVMC, hospitalist consults and surgical co-management, and a wide variety of clinical electives. 

LPCH was ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties by the U.S. News & World Report. In 2017, LPCH debuted America’s most technologically advanced, family friendly and environmentally sustainable hospital for children and pregnant women. LPCH is a 361-bed women’s and children’s hospital and is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Stanford Children’s Health is an extensive network of hospitals and clinics that provides care around the Bay Area and beyond. We serve patients and families across our network, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to the primary site at LPCH, Stanford hospitalists provide care at Packard at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, and ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton. 

Stanford School of Medicine was the West Coast’s first medical school and is one of the top-ranked academic medical institutions in the country.

PHM Fellowship Curriculum beginning in 2018

Research Training

Our PHM fellows receive research training in multiple settings. All first-year fellows participate in Fellows’ Bootcamp, a week-long intensive course in October of their first year. This is an excellent course that teaches fellows research methodology and introduces them to research resources at Stanford. During the week, each fellow is part of a small community of learners and mentors who help critique each fellow’s projects. By the end of the week, fellows report that they have a better understanding of research methodology and their projects are better developed. Fellows then participate in a Grant Writing Course led by Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher and Dr. Gary Shaw.

Additional training is provided longitudinally through the Department of Pediatrics Fellows' College and Fellows' Research Club for all 100 pediatric fellows under the leadership of the Director of Fellowship Education, Hayley Gans, MD, and the Director of Fellowship Research, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and through the PHM Division Research in Child Health (RICH) Meetings under the leadership of Alan Schroeder, MD. In addition, fellows receive research training through the PHM Fellows' Conference, Stanford Society of Physician Scholars, and a variety of other seminars at Stanford.

Fellows are eligible to receive a Master's degree in one of a number of areas offered by Stanford through application in conjunction with a Child Health Research Initiative (CHRI) application.

Educational Training

As a PHM Fellow, there are many opportunities to teach learners of all levels (medical students, residents, faculty, nurses, respiratory therapists, and, of course, our patients). Our PHM fellows take a two-week Teaching Fellow block in their first year. If interested, fellows can take two additional educational blocks, attend the Clinical Teaching Seminar Series, or the Rathmann Fellows' Seminar Series.

Quality Improvement (QI) Training

As a PHM Fellow, there are many opportunities to further develop your quality and process improvement skills, be involved in quality and performance improvement projects, and even develop your main scholarly niche in quality and performance improvement. All fellows participate in a one-month QI/PI block during the first year that includes quality and process improvement methodology, Lean Leader training, safety training, and opportunities to participate in hospital-level improvements, including a choice to be part of one of many QI Committees where fellows engage in active hospital QI projects.  

Additional training is provided longitudinally through the Fellows' College for all pediatrics fellows.