Fellow: Amit Singh, MD
Fellowship: Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, University of California San Diego
Years of Fellowship: 2011-2013
As my third year of residency began, I gave much thought about the next step in my career. There was no one subspecialty that I wanted to pursue, but I knew I wanted a career with acutely ill hospitalized children. I knew I wanted to lead and teach a team of residents and medical students, work with consultants, and have the opportunity to get involved in the hospital “goings on” so I could be an instrument of change for the patients I cared for, and the system in which I worked. It was clear that a career in hospital medicine was for me. Accordingly, these goals required a skill set that would expound upon the foundation of pediatric medicine I had learned in residency. Fellowship seemed to be the perfect answer.
Being a PHM fellow is the best career decision I have made. In just two years, fellowship has given me dedicated time at the attending level to sharpen my clinical and teaching skills as the leader of a team. It has provided me formal education in quality improvement, patient safety, healthcare business, health information technology, and many other domains of hospital medicine based research. I have been afforded mentorship from some of the most well-known leaders in the field and, because of their network, have met countless others at national meetings. It has opened doors that pursuing a job without fellowship would not have otherwise opened.
The thought of pursuing further training for a career as a hospitalist is an individualized one. However, there is no question in my mind that, for a career in pediatric hospital medicine, fellowship has been an invaluable experience for me.