Training Tracks Offered in Obesity Medicine Fellowship

The fellowship offers two training tracks – clinician and clinician-investigator – to better address the training needs of fellows.

Clinician Track

This clinician track is 12 months in length, and offers a diversity of clinical training opportunities. Approximately 90% of the fellows’ time will be dedicated to patient care in obesity medicine and clinical didactics. In addition to clinical training, fellows will have approximately 10% of their time available to participate in ongoing clinical research, teaching, or quality improvement and patient safety activities.

The clinician track predominantly recruits citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.; however, other applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine, family medicine or internal medicine-pediatrics.

Clinician-Investigator Track

After completing the first clinical-focused year as described above, the fellow transitions to the Johns Hopkins GIM Fellowship to complete clinical research training to become a clinician-investigator in obesity. This additional clinical research fellowship may last an additional two to three years, during which fellows maintain their clinical practice in obesity medicine at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity & Weight Program (10-20% effort). Fellows are encouraged to pursue a masters' degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (in epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, health policy and management, or other related area). In addition, the fellows attend a variety of research conferences to enhance their learning. During the final years, fellows devote their efforts to obtaining advanced training in research methods and conducting independent research under the mentorship of the clinical research faculty in GIM or with other faculty members in the Schools of Medicine or Public Health. Fellows are expected to present their research at regional and national scientific meetings, publish their results in peer-reviewed journals during their fellowship, and be able to apply for external grant funding upon completion of fellowship. To this end, they receive intensive mentoring and feedback in these areas. Additional information about the clinical research training can be found on the GIM Fellowship website.

Due to training grant restrictions, only citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply to the clinician-investigator track. Applicants should be board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine or internal medicine-pediatrics.

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