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Boston LEAH offers Fellowships in five disciplines: Adolescent Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work. The Fellows learn together via a unique interdisciplinary curriculum taught by our Faculty, and through the interdisciplinary clinical experiences offered by our Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine Practice at Boston Children's Hospital. Specifics about the LEAH Curriculum and each Fellowship are noted below.

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The Interdisciplinary LEAH Curriculum

For first year medical Fellows and all other LEAH Fellows, Tuesday mornings (typically 8AM-1PM) are devoted to interdisciplinary seminars on such topics as epidemiology and research, advocacy, program development, adolescent development, cultural competency, mental health, psychopharmacology, leadership in practice, Life Course, writing for publication, and teaching. There is also a noon seminar on the spectrum of eating disorders and obesity. Once a month there is a joint session for all Fellows, Faculty and Staff from the Division of Adolescent Medicine during which journal club, morbidity & mortality rounds, QI, and timely adolescent health topics and Leadership Lectures are presented. Additionally, over the course of the academic year, LEAH Fellows will come together with Fellows from other Children's Hospital HRSA-funded programs (Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Developmental Medicine, & ER/Toxicology) for seminars on substance abuse in adolescents.

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital has an outstanding, ACGME accredited fellowship program in Adolescent Medicine designed to prepare physicians for leadership position in academic medicine and public health.

Applicants to the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship program must be enrolled in or have completed an accredited residency program in pediatrics, med/peds, internal medicine, or family practice. During the first year, the Adolescent Medicine Fellow participates in the interdisciplinary LEAH curriculum in addition to medical and research conferences scheduled each week. Additionally, Fellows are provided ample, supervised outpatient clinical experience in the Adolescent/Young Adult Medical Practice at Boston Children's Hospital and community based sites, and inpatient experience at Boston Children's Hospital. First year Fellows are expected to write a scholarly review for publication on an adolescent health topic of interest to them. This should lay the groundwork for their scholarly project which becomes the focus of the remainder of their Fellowship. In the second and third years, the Fellows complete an independent scholarship project in addition to continuing their clinical practice and attending conferences. Fellows are encouraged to take additional coursework in research methodology and health policy.

Fellows in the program are expected to complete the clinical training and scholarship requirements necessary to become eligible to take the Adolescent Medicine Sub-Board examination. The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship is 2 years for med/peds, family practice, and internal medicine candidates and 3 years for those who trained in pediatrics.

Applications will be accepted through ERAS starting July 1 for entrance into fellowship beginning the following July 1. Applicants will be contacted to interview in August and September after all application materials are received, including a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. The fellowship match will take place in November.

We are happy to talk with applicants over the course of the year about our program. For further information please contact the Associate Program Director, Dr. Sarah Pitts, at sarah.pitts@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-355-3732.

Nursing Fellowship

The nurse Fellow participates in seminars, clinical practice, and projects with Fellows from the four other disciplines. The nursing fellowship entails a commitment of one to two and a half days per week (Tuesdays for the CORE curriculum is essential) starting the first week in September and concluding in mid-June or late August (depending on projects). As described above, the nurse fellow participates in the weekly interdisciplinary LEAH seminars in the morning and clinical care and/ or research activities in the other times depending on her/his educational background and career trajectory. Prior to starting the fellowship, the discipline directors review with the Fellow her/his personal goals and objectives. Based on this review, observational experiences can be arranged for a variety of clinical sites, both at Boston Children's Hospital and in the community. Should a nurse Fellow be involved in a pre- or a post-doctoral program that is more focused on research, additional or alternative learning experiences can be planned. The stipend depends upon the number of days/week and number of months. For example, currently there is a $5000 stipend for one nurse Fellowship per year (September to June, 1 day (8am-6pm)/week).

Applicants to the ten-month or twelve-month Nursing Fellowship must be at least Master's prepared and have nursing clinical experience that includes adolescent health. Minority candidates are strongly urged to apply.

The completed application packet should include the following: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) One page statement of short term (1 yr) and long term (5 yr) career goals in adolescent health, 3) Master's (or doctoral) degree program transcript, 4) Copy of current certification as an advanced practice nurse, 5) 2 letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to your ability to: a) provide culturally competent clinical care for adolescents and young adults, b) collaborate with multiple disciplines and function as a contributing team member, c) demonstrate professional ethics and respect for others, d) perform as a self-directed learner, and e) successfully engage in scholarly pursuits such as critically reviewing the literature, applying evidence to practice, writing for publication, teaching, and participating in research or quality improvement projects.

The application deadline is April 1. Packets should be submitted to Kaytlyn Darling, LEAH Coordinator, Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115; or via email at Kaytlyn.Darling@childrens.harvard.edu. Top candidates will be invited to interview. A decision on the final candidate will be made by mid-June.

For further information please contact our LEAH coordinator or the nursing fellowship co-directors pamela.burke@childrens.harvard.edu and maurice.melchiono@childrens.harvard.edu.

Nutrition Fellowship

Applicants to the twelve-month Nutrition Fellowship should have a strong interest in adolescent nutrition including eating disorders and weight management. The Fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team in a variety of capacities including clinical care, community outreach, web based nutrition education, and research. Preference will be given to a registered dietitian with strong leadership skills and an advanced degree in nutrition. Applications are due on April 1.

The Nutrition Fellow will take part in the interdisciplinary LEAH curriculum described above. During the first month of the fellowship, the Nutrition Fellow will complete medical inpatient and psychiatric inpatient rotations and will receive hands-on training in the outpatient management of teens with diagnoses including eating disorders, obesity, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. After the completion of this initial training, the Nutrition Fellow will be involved in patient care in the Adolescent/Young Adult Clinic 3-5 afternoons per week. The remainder of the time will be spent in LEAH classes and seminars, writing blogs and educational materials for the Center for Young Women's Health, and working on independent projects.

For more information about the application process please contact the Nutrition Fellowship Co-Directors: Lauren Cullity, MS, RD, LDN, Nutrition Fellowship Director, at lauren.cullity@childrens.harvard.edu, and Katrina Schroeder, RD, LDN, at katrina.schroeder@childrens.harvard.edu.

Psychology Fellowship

Applicants to the twelve-month (September 1 through August 31) Post-Doctoral Fellowship must have completed their doctoral training in psychology, including a pre-doctoral internship and their dissertation. The training includes direct services in two eating disorder programs (anorexia nervosa/ bulimia and obesity) as well as the provision of outpatient services that address as range of presenting problems. In conjunction with the Psychology Director, each Fellow selects a component of the program on which they will focus during the training year. The program provides mentoring and protected time for the Fellow to prepare an article for publication. As the article based on the dissertation is traditionally co-authored with the dissertation adviser, the fellowship article will be on a topic of interest to the Fellow. In addition to participating in the interdisciplinary LEAH curriculum described above, the psychology Fellow is expected to teach mental health concepts to medicine trainees who rotate through the clinic.

Persons applying for the Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship are to contact Carol Berne, the Division of Psychology Administrator, for information and an application; via email carol.berne@childrens.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-355-4563. Applications are to be submitted by early January; see application materials for exact date. The CHB uniform notification date for all postdoctoral psychology Fellowships is in March.

The Psychology Director, Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP can be reached at 617-355-6734 or jessica.daniel@childrens.harvard.edu.

Social Work Fellowship

The Boston LEAH Social Work Fellowship is a one year fellowship from September 1 - August 31. Social work Fellows participate in the interdisciplinary LEAH curriculum described above. Clinical work takes place in the context of interdisciplinary care in the Adolescent/Young Adult Medical Practice at Boston Children's Hospital. The fellowship stresses competency in clinical work with adolescents, assessment and treatment of eating disorders, and participation in a multidisciplinary mental health team.

Although a typical week in the life of the LEAH Social Work Fellow will vary, a typical schedule is as follows:

*There are 2 hours of individual supervision per week.

Applicants must be post-Master's social workers who are licensed or license eligible at a LCSW level or above and must have an interest or experience in working with adolescents. Applications should include the following: 1) Current resume or curriculum vitae, 2) Cover letter specifying why you are interested in this fellowship, 3) Master's program transcript, and 4) Three names of references. Applications may be submitted from January 1 - March 15 to: Judi Siegel 333 Longwood Ave. 5th floor. Boston, MA 02115. Top candidates will be invited to interview, with final selection in May.

For further information, please contact the Social Work Fellowship Director, Judi Siegel at judith.siegel@childrens.harvard.edu.

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