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Program Description & Goals

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

Program Description

The fellowship is designed to prepare fellows for a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Fellows achieve the fellowship's goals and objectives through direct patient care as well as participation in scholarly work, quality improvement initiatives and medical education of residents and medical students.  The comprehensive curriculum is aligned with PHM core competences and include formalized conference series specifically for research, quality improvement and medical education. 

Program Director

Nehal Thakkar, MD

Associate Program Director

Sandra L. Gage, MD

Mission Statement

The mission of Phoenix Children's Hospital Medicine Fellowship is to train fellows to become the future generation of pediatric hospitalists who will provide skilled clinical care to acutely ill and injured hospitalized children, enhance the performance of the hospital and health care system, generate new knowledge for the field through research and innovation, and develop skills to educate other physicians and health care providers. The program hopes to train physicians who will serve as future leaders in the field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Global Objectives

Patient Care

Fellows will be able to evaluate and manage pediatric patients with a broad range of medical problems and varying levels of acuity, while offering care that is compassionate, evidence-based, cost-effective, and patient-centered.

Medical Knowledge

Fellows will demonstrate comprehensive medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to the management of hospitalized patients ranging from a single diagnosis or highly complex medical conditions.

System-Based Practice

Fellows will practice high value, cost-effective, safe health care; advocate for patients and their families within the context of the health care system; conduct patient-centered care coordination; and demonstrate a commitment to improving health care systems.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Fellows will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for continuous self-assessment, using scientific methods and evidence to gain insight into, evaluate, and improve personal practice.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Fellows will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, families, physicians, and other health professionals, as well as the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and interprofessional health care team.


Fellows will demonstrate a commitment to fulfill professional responsibilities and adhere to ethical principles.

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