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Hospitalist Fellowship Program

The Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospitalist Fellowship is one of the premier hospitalist fellowship training programs for academic hospitalists and future leaders of hospitalist programs. Fellows are trained and mentored by the nationally recognized faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The curriculum is based on the core competencies in hospital medicine, described by the Society of Hospital Medicine.


Must have completed an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency

Able to accept U.S. citizens or permanent residents

$45-50,000/year, depending on PGY

Two years

Leadership, medical education, QI, research

Clinical Duties
Four months per year

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Goals and Mission

The goals of the curriculum are to advance each fellow’s knowledge, attitudes and skills in the domains of clinical medicine, health care systems, professionalism, education and research. The curriculum will prepare fellows to become leaders in clinical and educational program development, agents of systems change, role models of professionalism and effective researchers.

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The fellowship curriculum is based on the Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, defined by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in 2006. All physicians graduating from an internal medicine residency program are thoroughly trained in clinical medicine and procedures. However, internal medicine residents receive very little education in the topics listed within the "Health Care Systems" section of the Core Competencies. Some of these content areas include:

  • Consult medicine
  • Care of elderly patients
  • Palliative care
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Team approach and multidisciplinary care
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Leadership
  • Patient handoff and transitions of care
  • Financial management processes
  • Information management
  • Medical ethics and professionalism
  • Equitable allocation of resources
  • Risk management
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Research

We have arranged the twenty-four Core Competencies into five content areas representing the five overall goals of our curriculum:

  1. Clinical Medicine: Fellows will advance their proficiency in providing clinical care for hospitalized patients, with emphasis on the following areas not necessarily focused on during internal medicine residency: evidence-based practice, palliative care, care of elderly patients, medical consultation, co-management with surgical services, and practice-based learning and improvement.
  2. Health Care Systems: Fellows will develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to facilitate health care systems change in ways that improve the processes and outcomes of patient care, with emphasis on the following areas: patient safety, quality improvement methods, transitions of care and risk management.
  3. Professionalism: Fellows will develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors that constitute professionalism, including: altruism, respect, cross-cultural sensitivity, accountability, confidentiality, communication and shared-decision making, integrity, compassion/empathy, duty, recognizing and managing conflicts of interest, self-awareness, and commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development.
  4. Education: Fellows will develop teaching and curriculum development skills that incorporate principles of adult learning, which will help prepare them to become educational leaders and innovators in hospital medicine.
  5. Research: Fellows will develop skills in research design, instrument development, data collection and analysis, research collaboration and the dissemination of findings, which will promote success, satisfaction and advancement in their academic medicine career.

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Program Details

The hospitalist fellowship is a two-year program based at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The program will includes:

  • Clinical rotations
  • Fellowship projects
  • Participation in academic conferences
  • Completion of one of the following certification programs (Business in Medicine, Clinical Investigation, Evidence-Based Teaching, Quality and Safety)

Fellows will complete many of the objectives independently, with skilled, dedicated mentors available for questions, advice and guidance. Mentors will engage the fellow's reflection regularly to stimulate their professional and personal growth and development.

Fellows also will rotate on established services such as the hospitalist service, teaching service and medicine consult service. They will join the faculty to serve on committees throughout the Medical Center and participate in national professional conferences. Fellows will present ideas and work, such as new practice guidelines or QI initiatives, at faculty meetings and fellow's conferences (along with fellows in general internal medicine and geriatrics).

Mentors will be assigned to fellows for each of their rotations. Most of the mentors will be faculty in the Divisions of Hospitalist Medicine, General Internal Medicine or Geriatrics. Mentors will work closely with fellows to provide ongoing feedback. Quarterly meetings between the fellow and the fellowship leadership will address the fellow’s overall progress through the program.

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Fellowship Curriculum and Courses

At the beginning of their fellowship training, each fellow will select one of four tracks (Leadership, Research, Medical Education or Quality Improvement), based on their career goals and interests. Fellows will complete required and elective courses to obtain a certificate in an individual focus area (Business of Health Care, Clinical Investigation, Evidence-Based Teaching or Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes). All fellows are expected to complete a fellowship scholarly project by the end of their training. Mentors will guide each fellow in selecting courses and classes to ensure that their unique learning needs are met.

Requirements for all fellows:

Year One

  • Research Compliance (HIPAA, CORE)
  • Intro to Clinical Research (two weeks in July)
  • Teaching Skills Part I & II (September to February)
  • Academic Hospitalist Academy (Fall)
  • Participation in Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Coaching Program (Moving from Competence to Excellence in Patient Care)
  • Clinical Months (4 months)
  • Research in Progress
  • Fellow-led conference/M&M (every other month)
  • Fellowship Project
  • SHM annual meeting

Year Two

  • SHM Foundation for Leadership (Level I)
  • Attending on Teaching Service (1-4 two-week blocks, depending on focus area)
  • Clinical Months (2-4 months)
  • Research in Progress
  • Fellow-led conference/M&M (every other month)
  • Fellowship Project
  • SHM annual meeting

Additional courses for each track:

Medical Education Track

For the fellows interested in pursuing a hospitalist educator career, the course work will be selected with the goal to obtain the Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions by the end of their fellowship.

In addition, the fellows have opportunities to participate in;

  • Longitudinal Program in Curriculum Development (nine months)
  • Teaching medical student courses (TRIPLE, TTW, EBM courses)

Research Track

For the fellows interested in a career path in clinical investigation, the goal is to complete Science of Clinical Investigation Training Program.

In addition, the fellows have opportunities to participate in;

  • Curriculum Development course (2 days)
  • Other research related courses offered at Hopkins such as Grant Writing

Quality Improvement Track

For the fellows in QI track, the course work is aimed to lead to a Certificate in Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research.

In addition, the fellows have opportunities to participate in;

  • Curriculum Development course (nine months)
  • Lean Sigma: Prescription for Healthcare Green Belt Course (five days)

Leadership Track

For the fellows in Leadership Track, the goal of the course work is to obtain the Business of Health Care Certificate.

In addition, the fellows have opportunities to participate in;

  • Various leadership development workshops offered at Hopkins
  • SHM Advanced Leadership: Strengthening Your Organization (Fall)*
    *option of completing SHM Leadership Certification Program

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Fellowship Administration

Flora Kisuule, M.D., MPH
Co-Program Director

Eric Howell, M.D.
Co-Program Director

Mohammad Waqas Athar, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Tiffani Panek
Program Coordinator

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Contact Information

Click here to download an application for the fellowship program. Complete the application and e-mail or mail it using the addresses below. For additional information, please contact us at:

Johns Hopkins Hospitalist Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
CIMS Hopsitalist Division Suite
MFL West Tower, 6th Floor
5200 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21224

410-550-5018 phone

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Links and Resources

Collaborative Inpatient Medicine Service (CIMS) at Johns Hopkins Bayview

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Society of Hospital Medicine

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