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Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

          
1) What is the primary goal of the Johns Hopkins GIM Fellowship? 

The primary goal of the Hopkins GIM Fellowship is to prepare general internists to assume research-oriented faculty and leadership positions in GIM and Public Health. This is accomplished through formal coursework in the Bloomberg School of Public, mentored research, multi-disciplinary seminars, and clinical work at Johns Hopkins Hospital and its associated faculty practices. The Fellowship is also open to internists planning careers as clinician-educators and to clinical psychologists and population scientists planning careers in GIM-related clinical research.

2) Do Hopkins GIM Fellows receive an advanced degree? 
Most fellows enroll in a formal degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Most either obtain a Master of Public Health (MPH) or a Master of Health Sciences (MHS) degree in Epidemiology. Other degree programs fellows have participated in include the MHS in Health Economics and the MHS in Health Behavior and Society .

3) How is the fellowship funded? 
The GIM fellowship is funded by T32 training grants from NIH and HRSA. Clinician-educators slots are funded by the GIM Division at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

4) Are there opportunities for GIM fellows to teach? 
Fellows have the opportunity to precept residents in clinic and to teach on the medical consult service .

5) Is formal coursework is available for individuals interested in careers as clinician educators? 
GIM Fellows can participate in the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program  for Clinician-Educators. This includes longitudinal coursework in curriculum development and teaching skills. The Program is required for Fellows in the Clinical Educator track, but open equally to Fellows in the Clinician Investigator track.

6) What opportunities are available for fellows interested in hospital medicine? 
The Hopkins GIM fellowship has a track specifically for fellows interested in hospital medicine and related research.

7) How many years is the Fellowship?
The fellowship is a period of of two or three years, depending on the Fellow’s goals. Fellows in the Clinical Investigator track often opt for the third year to get papers published and submit career development grants. Because the Clinical Investigator track is fully supported by federal grants, Fellows are not asked to obtain the third year of funding by writing NRSA or similar grants; the support is already built in.

8) What clinical opportunities are available for GIM fellows?
Fellows work one-half day per week in a primary care clinic or in the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinic. Fellows also work on the general internal medicine consult service and the hospitalist service. Due to restrictions on our federal grants, fellows are allowed a maximum of 20% clinical time. Fellows in the Hospital Medicine track spend their clinical time on the medicine consult service and the hospitalist service. They typically do not have an outpatient clinic.

9) Am I eligible for the Hopkins GIM Fellowship?
To be eligible for this fellowship, general internists must have completed an ACGME accredited residency in the United States and either be board certified or board eligible in internal medicine . PhDs are also eligible if they are planning careers in GIM-related clinical research.

10) Am I required to be a United States Citizen to apply?
Due to restrictions on the NIH training grants that fund our fellowship, applicants must be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident.

11) How do I apply?  
To apply, fill out the application form and track selection form and submit them along with your personal statement and four letters of reference to Glendora Willimas, GIM Fellowship Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-600, Baltimore, MD 21287, or gwilli62@jhmi.edu.  

12) When will I find out if I have been accepted to the Hopkins GIM Fellowship? 
The fellowship has a rolling admissions process. Applicants are generally informed of their status within four to six weeks after interviewing.

13) Do fellows take a class in grant writing? 
The fellowship offers a four-and-a-half-month grant writing class each fall, taught by GIM faculty. The goal is for fellows to write a career development grant during this time period that is peer reviewed by GIM faculty.

14) What kinds of jobs do fellows get after they finish fellowship? 
Most graduates take positions as clinician investigators or clinician educators at academic institutions. Some also take positions in government, health policy, and public health. Recent alumni and their current positions can be found on our Fellowship Alumni web page.

15) How am I evaluated during my fellowship? 
Each fellow participates in a twice annual review with members of the Fellowship Advisory Committee. At these reviews, fellows’ short and long-term goals are reviewed, along with their progress on current projects. The goal of these reviews is to help identify opportunities for fellows and address concerns as they arise during the fellowship.

16) Are there opportunities to moonlight during fellowship? 
Many fellows to choose to moonlight on the hospitalist service at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

17) Do fellows ever live in Washington, DC, and commute to Baltimore?
Yes, Baltimore is a MARC train ride away from Washington Union Station. From Baltimore Penn Station there is a free shuttle to the Johns Hopkins medical campus.


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