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Department of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, which began in the mid-1970s, is distinguished by its strong training in a broad variety of clinical settings, both in the hospital and in the community, with a special emphasis on underserved populations and behavioral health. Clinical exposure and rotations include inpatient consultation, eating disorders clinic, consultative adolescent clinic, substance abuse clinic, behavioral health, juvenile justice, homeless youth, sports medicine and gynecology.

The major research focuses are public health, behavioral, and epidemiologic research in adolescents. Because our research training strongly emphasizes public health, fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health Degree in health services or epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The first year involves clinical training, with years two and three focused on research.

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training

In July 2012, the University of Washington was awarded a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services. Through the support of this grant, we are one of seven programs in the country dedicated to increasing leaders for our region and the nation in five key adolescent health disciplines (Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work)

Curriculum

Overview

The UW Adolescent Medicine Training Program focuses on the development of excellence in clinical, research and leadership skills in adolescent health and medicine with the goal of developing faculty who are interested in leadership in academics or public health. Our training is highly interdisciplinary and our fellows interact with faculty and trainees from psychology, social work, nutrition and nursing. Training goals are accomplished through three venues: clinical experience, research experience, and coursework and didactic experiences.

Clinical Training

Clinical rotations occur both in the Children's Hospital and the community. Children's Hospital sites include the inpatient consultative service, outpatient adolescent specialty clinic, behavioral health clinic, sports medicine, gynecology, and biofeedback clinic. Community sites include a HMO-based clinic, school-based health clinic, two juvenile detention center clinics, a public STD clinic, and a homeless teen clinic.

Research Training

Our research training focuses on public health, behavioral, and epidemiologic research. Each fellow is encouraged to develop his/her own unique research interest and is assisted in identifying a team of mentors specific to that interest. Fellows may complete a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Washington in their second and third years. In addition to MPH coursework, fellows are required to participate in research conferences that are specific to adolescent trainees and designed to enhance other training experiences. For fellows with strong interest in research, we have a variety of T32 fellowships. We partner with collaborators to provide mentorship and advanced research training.

Didactic Components

The didactic portion of the program consists of a series of lectures, seminars and case conferences led by board certified adolescent medicine faculty as well as invited speakers and experts. Additionally, the adolescent medicine fellows develop and present several of their own lectures on various adolescent-health related topics, and are encouraged to develop their own teaching portfolio.

Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's Hospital & Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Springbrook

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Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 420-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians, as well as private practicing physicians from the Seattle area.

Other sites include Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

King County Juvenile Detention

The King County Juvenile Detention health clinic is responsible for the medical and mental health care needs of youth while they are detained in Juvenile Detention. Fellows work alongside clinic staff and faculty to manage health concerns including acute illness, injury, sexually transmitted diseases, drug intoxication, pregnancy, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente

Group Health is an integrated health care system that includes 26 full-service medical centers throughout the Puget Sound region, in Spokane, and in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Fellows participate in a rotation in the Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Clinic a multidisciplinary clinic that provides prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care, and well-child care up to age 2 for pregnant teens and their children in the Seattle region. They also participate in the The Adolescent Center a multidisciplinary team clinic for adolescents aged 11 to 18 who are experiencing complex medical, social, academic, emotional, or behavioral issues.

Other training sites include: community-based School-Based Health Clinics and Sports Medicine Clinics.

Echo Glen Children's Center

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Echo Glen Children's Center

Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie is a medium/maximum security facility that is not fenced, but bordered by natural wetlands. It provides treatment services for younger male offenders and is the only institution for female offenders. Echo Glen provides educational services for a wide range of youth with varying needs including dialectical behavior therapy, anger replacement training, and substance use treatment. Youth at this facility are housed according to their gender identity and preference.  It is also known for its Canine Connection program, which allows youth to train future service animals. Female youthful offenders sentenced by the Department of Corrections also reside at Echo Glen.

School-Based Health Clinics

NeighborCare school-based health centers are teen full-service health clinics that provide physical and mental health care to the students of Roosevelt and Chief Sealth High Schools in Seattle. The centers are operated by NeighborCare Health and partially supported by the Families and Education Levy. NeighborCare Health staff work in partnership with the school nurse at all school sites to help students do better in school by working to solve physical and mental health problems, preventing serious illness, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Department Chair

Leslie Walker-Harding, MD

Department Chair, UW School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Division Chief

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH

Division Chief, Professor of Pediatrics

Clinical Director

Yolanda N Evans, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Clinical Director

Faculty

Kym Ahrens, MD, BCIAC

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Fellowship Director

Sara P. D. Chrisman, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Katherine E. Debiec, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Adjunct Assistant Professor in Pediatrics

Yolanda N Evans, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Clinical Director

Sarah A. Golub, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Assistant Fellowship Director

Carolyn A. McCarty, PhD

Research Professor

Anne-Marie E. Amies Oelschlager, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Adjunct Associate Professor in Pediatrics

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH

Division Chief, Professor of Pediatrics

Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH

Associate Professor QI Director

Adolescent Medicine Faculty 2020

Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows

Jillian Hagerman, DO Jillian Hagerman, DO
Claudia Douglas, MD Claudia Douglas, MD
Crystal Cuellar Crystal Cuellar, MD

 

Alumni

Alana Otto, MD, MPH

Alana Otto, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Do-Quyen Pham, MD, MPH

Do-Quyen Pham, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

An Pham, MD, MPH

An Pham, MD, MPH

Clinical Instructor
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Holly Schroeder, MD, MPH

Holly Schroeder, MD, MPH

Clinical Instructor
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Raina Vachhani Voss, MD

Raina Vachhani Voss, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Jasmin Zavala, MD

Jasmin Zavala, MD

Pediatric Specialist at SeaMar Community Health Centers

Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH

Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Michigan and the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center

Brandi Shah, MD, MPH

Brandi Shah, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Andrea Hoopes, MD

Andrea Hoopes, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Specialist
Kaiser Permanente

Michaela Voss, MD

Michaela Voss, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH

Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH
Program Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Tovi Avnon, MD

Tovi Avnon, MD

Cora Breuner, MD, MPH

Cora Breuner, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics,
Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Sport Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH

Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ann Giesel, MD

Ann Giesel, MD
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD

Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Adolescent Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis

Megan Moreno, MD, MPH

Megan Moreno, MD, MPH
Professor, Academic Division Chief, Vice Chair of Digital Health
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and School of Public Health

Laura Richardson, MD, MPH

Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH

Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Laura Burkhart, MD

Laura Burkhart, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center and The Zerfoss Student Health Center

Jessica Serrano, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Oregon Health & Science University

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply

Requirements and Timeline

  1. The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship accepts individuals who have completed residencies and are board eligible in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.
  2. Due to funding constraints, we are only able to accept individuals who have US citizenship or permanent resident status. We are not able to have candidates with J-1 or other visas.
  3. Applicants should submit:
    1. a completed application
    2. a personal statement describing their interest in adolescent medicine including potential areas of research focus
    3. a copy of their CV
    4. a medical school transcript, and
    5. 3 letters of recommendation.
  4. We participate in ERAS and the NRMP. Applications will be accepted electronically. Application submissions open in July of the year prior to the anticipated start of fellowship.
  5. We are happy to talk with interested applicants to provide more information about our program at any time and encourage applicants to email or set up a phone interview with the fellowship director early in the process.

The Division of Adolescent Medicine, in striving for excellence, values diversity of ethnicity, experience, gender and age; all are encouraged to apply.

Contact

 

 

Program Director

Kym Ahrens, MD, BCIAC

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Fellowship Director

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Associate Program Director

Sarah A. Golub, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Assistant Fellowship Director

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Fellowship Program Coordinator

Alexa Flem

Fellowship Program Coordinator

206.987.4414 (phone)
206.987.3959 (fax)

Seattle Children's
4540 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98105
M/S CSB-200, PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-3589

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