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Annual Report

Debra Bogen
Corinna Rea
Sara Johnson

SIG purpose/mission:
The Fellowship Training SIG is a forum for fellowship faculty, fellows, graduates of fellowship programs, and anyone passionate about fellowship training.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To support conversation and collaboration among a community of colleagues involved in fellowship training.
  2. To share and discuss successful strategies, challenges, and curricular innovations in fellowship training.
  3. To advocate for Academic General Pediatric fellowship training, including funding and other program needs.

Annual summary:
We had a well-attended (more than 20) fellowship Training SIG this year at PAS in San Francisco - including Directors and faculty from both generalist and subspecialty fellowship training programs.  Seven program directors shared unique parts of their fellowship program: 

  1. Sara Johnson, PhD (Johns Hopkins) - Scholarship Oversight Committee & Educational  series (adult learning)
  2. Corinna Rea, MD, MPH (Harvard -GAP) - Clinical rotations to develop expertise
  3. Arthur Fierman, MD (NYU -GAP) - Medical Writing Sessions
  4. Iris Borowsky, MD PhD (U Minn-GAP) - Equity and Diversity Lunch Discussions
  5. Melissa Carbajal, MD (Baylor -NICU) - Fellowship Retreat
  6. Heather French (CHOP -NICU) - Scholarly Pathways
  7. Debra Bogen, MD (U Pitt -GAP) - Peer Writing Seminar

As we introduced ourselves this year, we asked each participant to recommend a book they had read recently (loosely defined)! There were such great book recommendations that we decided to compile the list and share it with the list-serve (pasted at end of this annual report) and to make this a tradition! 

We also want to thank Iris Borowsky (University of Minnesota) for co-chairing this SIG for many years (along with Paul Darden until last year) - thanks for doing this for so many years Iris and Paul. We welcome two new co-chairs, Sara Johnson and Corinna Rea.

Other groups:

  • Academic Fellows SIG
  • Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) Fellowship Accreditation Program
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD)
  • Fellowship Common Match
  • Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS)
  • Subspecialty Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Research Project

Book Recommendations
Brought to you by your Peers at the Fellowship Training SIG
May 2017 in San Francisco



$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

Kathryn J. Edin  & H. Luke Shaefer


Laura Hillenbrand

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic

Daniel James Brown

Last Child in the Woods

Richard Louv

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Douglas Stone

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah (autobiography)

Parenting Teens With Love And Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood

Foster Cline

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Helaine Olen

Animal Farm

George Orwell

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Gilbert King

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer


Yaa Gyasi

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

Worse than Slavery: Parchmann Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice

David Oshinsky

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern

My Brilliant Friend (Book 1)
The Story of  New Name (Book 2)
Those who Leave and Those Who Stay (Book 3)
The Story of the Lost Child (book 4)

Elena Ferrante

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi & Abraham Verghese

Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

2016 Annual Report

June 2015

June 2015

April 2017 Newsletter Article

The Fellowship Training SIG welcomes fellowship faculty, fellows, former fellows, and anyone interested in fellowship training to join our SIG session at the PAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Monday, May 8, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM.

Presenters will each talk for 5-10 minutes about a novel or special part of their fellowship training program:

  • Sara Johnson, PhD (Johns Hopkins – AGP): Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) & Education series (focused on principles of adult learning)
  • Corinna Rea, MD, MPH​ (Harvard - AGP): Clinical rotations to develop expertise
  • Melissa M. Carbajal, MD (Baylor – NICU): Fellowship Retreat
  • Heather French (CHOP - NICU): Scholarly Pathways
  • Arthur Fierman, MD (NYU – AGP): Medical Writing Sessions
  • Iris Borowsky, MD PhD (U Minn- AGP): Equity and Diversity Lunch Discussions
  • Debra Bogen, MD (U Pittsburgh - AGP): Peer Writing Seminar

We are looking forward to exchanging great ideas and having an interactive and informative SIG meeting. Please contact Debra Bogen - bogendl@upmc.edu or Iris Borowsky - borow004@umn.edu with questions.

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Past Meetings

2014 PAS Meeting in Vancouver
The Fellowship Training SIG met on Saturday May 3rd at the 2014 PAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver. There were several excellent speakers and valuable discussion. We started with a Gift Circle led by Iris Borowsky from the University of Minnesota, where participants shared their needs/challenges as well as "gifts"/ideas for others. Arthur Fierman from the New York University School of Medicine presented on the development of a course on writing and communicating about research for fellows. Bill Basco from the Medical University of South Carolina presented his experience working with Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowships in a unified match process this year, including lessons learned and implications for Academic General Pediatric (AGP) Fellowships moving forward. Lou Bell from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia followed with an update on the APA's AGP Fellowship Accreditation Program and the first pre-PAS Meeting programming offered for fellows in accredited programs this year. Paul Darden from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center led a discussion on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and milestones and their appropriateness for AGP Fellowship Programs. We ended with a terrific idea for next year's session so stay tuned!

PAS Session6 2014 PHM_Fellowship Match Issues by Bill Basco
PAS Session5 2014 Teaching Medical Writing by Arthur H. Fierman
PAS session5 2014 Writing and Communicating about Research by Arthur H. Fierman

2011 PAS Meeting in Denver

New this Year for Fellows at Denver PAS
The Fellowship Training SIG welcomes and encourages all fellowship faculty, fellows, graduates of fellowship programs, and anyone passionate about fellowship training to join.

Presentations and Handouts at the Fellowship Training SIG PAS Meeting 2009

Presentations at the Fellowship Training SIG PAS Meeting 2008

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Debra Bogen, MD
3414 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 692-6932

Sara Johnson, PhD, MPH
200 N. Wolfe Street, Suite 2017
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: (410) 614-8437

Corinna Rea, MD
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-4188




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