DHM

Our goal is to develop the next generation of hospital medicine leaders in quality improvement, medical education, and clinical operations.

The One-year Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship (AHMF) program at UCSF is tailored to graduating residents or early-career hospitalists who anticipate careers as clinician-educators or clinician-administrators. Since 2002, we have launched the careers of many fellows who have subsequently become nationally-recognized leaders in hospital medicine.

Our program provides fellows both an individualized career-development plan combined with core experiences in clinical research, teaching on the wards, and quality improvement. The AHMF is co-directed by Margaret Fang and Cindy Lai, prominent leaders in the field of hospital medicine, clinical research, and medical education.

Fellowship Core Experiences

AHMF Fellows participate in a series of core and elective activities detailed below; fellows are encouraged to select an area of interest in advance:

Clinical Training
  • ~1 month as ward attending on the inpatient teaching service at UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital
  • ~1 month as a ward attending on the direct care service at UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital
  • ~25 nights as a supervising nighttime hospitalist
  • Other clinical opportunities may be available if desired, such as participating on the Palliative Care service, Medicine Consult service, Procedure Service, or Neurosurgery co-management services
  • Peer-observation program: observation and feedback program to help refine clinical and teaching skills on the hospital wards
  • Committee experience: fellows are encouraged to participate in Divisional or Hospital committees commensurate with their interests, which include committees on Quality and High-Value Care, Clinical Operations, and Clinical case review
  • Cases & Conundrums: biweekly Hospital Medicine conference to discuss challenging clinical cases

Training in Clinical Research Methods
  • Coursework: Fellows take coursework through the 8-week UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics: Clinical Research (TICR) summer courses, which include introductory courses in designing clinical research, biostatistics, and database management. Fellows also have the option to take other courses commensurate with their project interests.
  • Mentored research and quality-improvement projects: Fellows generally work on 1-3 mentored projects throughout their year. The Fellowship directors work with fellows to choose and develop projects related to their core interests; projects may include clinical research (qualitative and/or quantitative), quality improvement, or educational interventions.
  • Weekly research "Incubator" program: We hold a weekly works-in-progress and research consultancy program to help fellows and faculty develop their research ideas. In addition, we offer a curriculum in how to write research abstracts and manuscripts.

Training in Clinical Teaching
  • Fellows take the Stanford Faculty Development Clinical Teaching course, taught by Brad Sharpe, the Associate Program Director of Inpatient Medicine at UCSF, to refine and improve their clinical teaching skills
  • Fellows have numerous opportunities to teach medical students and residents, including longitudinal clinical skills course teaching, small group facilitated sessions, physical diagnosis rounds, and leading case reports.

Mentorship
  • Working with nationally-renowned mentors in hospital medicine is one of the key benefits of enrolling in the AHMF program.
  • AHMF Fellowship Directors work with each fellow to develop an individualized course of study consistent with their interests and set within the rich opportunities for collaboration and research at UCSF. The Directors hold weekly meetings with fellows to review progress, provide a forum for peer-mentorship, and to foster career development.
  • Fellows work closely with their mentors and Directors on projects throughout the year. There is ample opportunity to receive additional mentorship from members of the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine, including national and international leaders in hospital medicine such as Bob Wachter, Andrew Auerbach, Michelle Mourad, and Diane Sliwka.

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To Apply: Applicants interested in the UCSF Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship should upload the following to the DHM Job Board:

  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement outlining your interests and experiences and rationale for applying to this fellowship
  • The names and emails of three references. At least one reference must be from the applicant's residency program leadership (program director or associate program director).

Applicants must have completed (or be in the final year of) a residency in Internal Medicine at an accredited, US-based institution and must be a US citizen. Applications for positions beginning July 2017 will be accepted through December 31, 2016.