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Academic Curriculum

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

Our academic curriculum provides a broad range of didactic and experiential learning experiences for the fellow in order to prepare them for an academic career in adolescent medicine.

Academic morning


The Adolescent Medicine has a once a week academic meeting on Tuesday mornings. This time includes a review of the clinical foundations of adolescent medicine, a division business operations meeting, working group meetings, and research methods.

Clinical Foundations of Adolescent Medicine

This is a weekly one-hour didactic session that is designed to cover the core topics on the Adolescent Medicine Board Content Specifications once during a three-year fellowship. Teaching will be provided by staff, fellows, and subject matter experts from other divisions of Children’s Mercy supplemented by directed readings. Fellows will progressive ownership of this meeting as they progress through fellowship. By the Third year the fellow will be responsible for assigning topics, recruiting outside experts to talk, and directing the format of the talks. Fellows and staff can also supplement the content specification material with other topics important to the practice of adolescent medicine. Fellows and staff will evaluate each other on the organization and delivery of the material covered so they can improve their presentation and teaching style.

During this time, fellows and staff will briefly present challenging cases they saw during the last week and get feedback on evaluation and management of the case or any other specific questions they wish to discuss.

Business Operations

The Adolescent Medicine Division Head will conduct a weekly business meeting with Adolescent Medicine staff, fellows, and select members of the clinic support staff. During this meeting the Division Head will discuss the operational status of the clinic, new initiatives for the Division or hospital, and provider concerns. This will allow the fellow to be exposed to financial planning, clinic management, and billing for patient care, so they will be prepared for independent practice after completing fellowship.

Working Group Meetings

Providers and staff assigned to working groups are given an hour to meet and discuss ongoing clinic initiatives to improve the clinical environment, research productivity, curriculum, and for the Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee to meet and evaluate fellows.

Research Methods

During the time the fellowship will also meet for journal club, to discuss current research projects at various levels of completion and receive feedback, and practice research presentations

Fellowship Common Curriculum


Children’s Mercy provides monthly one-hour didactic sessions to first-year fellows focused on the ACGME Competencies in Professionalism, Communication, and Systems-Based Practice. Topics covered during these sessions include: self-assessment, cognitive bias, leadership, professionalism, effective communication, medical ethics, change, and health care systems.

Faculty and Fellow Development Microsessions


During the 2nd and 3rd years of fellowship, Children’s Mercy offers monthly faculty and fellow development microsessions focused on the areas of research and teaching. Topics covered include: academic e-portfolios, academic writing, presenting scientific research, providing feedback, and transitioning to faculty.

Psychology Didactics


The first-year fellow will attend this didactic series once a week along with Psychology Interns, Psychology Fellows, and Fellows from Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. These sessions are an opportunity for staff psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals from within and outside Children’s Mercy to acquaint the fellow with a broad variety of theoretical orientations, assessment techniques, and interventions. Topics covered include empirically validated treatments, issues in assessment, conversion disorder, psychopharmacology, functional behavioral analysis, management of obesity, phenotypic expressions of genetic disorders, management of chronic pain, adolescent substance abuse, setting limits with teens, gay/lesbian/bisexuality issues, diabetes management, traumatic brain injury, and biofeedback.