The following statement was adopted by the Federation of Pediatric Organizations in February, 1990. The Federation consists of the following pediatric organizations: Ambulatory Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen, Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Society for Pediatric Research.
The Federation supports the concept that "the principal goal of fellowship training should be the development of future academic pediatricians." Graduates of pediatric fellowship programs usually work in academic centers with significant time set aside for research. Some fellowship-trained pediatricians, particularly neonatologists, allergists, and neurologists, may not work in hospitals or ambulatory settings that are associated closely with academic programs. Fellowship-trained pediatricians in all settings should be encouraged to continue their interest in research to add to the body of pediatric knowledge. To achieve the goal of training pediatric scientists, the following guidelines for fellowship education are recommended:
1. Upon completion of a pediatric fellowship, the trainee should be proficient in clinical care, teaching, and research. Fellowship training should prepare a pediatrician to care for children with complex illnesses within his/her area of special expertise and to serve as a consultant for the general pediatrician. In addition, the fellowship-trained pediatrician should be responsible for the education of pediatric residents and the continuing education of practicing pediatricians. For this reason, fellowship training should include interpersonal skills and pedagogical techniques.
2. Research training should begin as soon as possible; premedical students, medical students, and pediatric residents should be encouraged strongly to participate in meaningful research, and research activities should be carried out throughout fellowship training.
- Copyright © 1991 by the American Academy of Pediatrics